health benefits of magnesium

Did you know that many people are magnesium deficient?  It’s pretty common these days.  Research shows that 68% of the population doesn’t consume the daily recommended allowance of magnesium. And up to 30% of the population might be deficient. Magnesium tests aren’t regularly given so  you can be deficient and not even know it.

Magnesium deficiency isn’t just a third world problem.  Large-scale agricultural farming has left soil depleted from it’s natural minerals. The current Standard American Diet that is processed and high in fats, sugar, and salt depletes the body’s magnesium. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get this mineral into your body safely and naturally.

But first, let’s talk about why you need magnesium. It’s actually super important and impacts many body systems and functions.   In the book, The Magnesium Miracle, the author gives research that links magnesium deficiency to asthma, anxiety, depression, strokes, heart disease, diabetes, migraines, hypertension, PMS, insomnia, and more.   Magnesium has huge health benefits.

Benefits of magnesium

  • improved circulation
  • stress reduction
  • reduced inflammation
  • improved memory
  • improved heart function
  • better sleeping (and staying asleep!)
  • less anxiety
  • lower blood pressure

Dr. Mark Hymen recommends 400 – 1,000 mg/day for adults. You know you gotta have this stuff so what’s the best way to up your intake of this mineral?

Best Sources of magnesium

  • Supplements.  Supplements can be helpful but, interestingly, magnesium is not easily absorbed in the digestive tract.  Be cautious about your source as magnesium varies in quality.  Magnesium citrate is a good option (we like Mag Calm). Other absorbable  options are glycinate taurate, malate, succinate, and fumarate. Just make sure you read the labels.
  • Topical spray.  It’s super simple.  You just spray it on and your body absorbs it quickly.  I’m a big fan of Ancient Minerals transdermal magnesium spray.  Some people experience a tingling sensation after using magnesium oil.  You can prevent this by starting off slowly and working your way up to more sprays or simply use a lotion after.
  • Magnesium baths.  Research shows that magnesium is easily absorbed by the body during baths.  Mag baths also help your body eliminate toxins. You can use Epsom salts or magnesium flakes. I generally add 2 cups of Epsom salt to my bath. When you do this, be sure and soak for 15-20 minutes to receive full benefits.  If you can swing it, take a mag bath 2-3 times a week. Just relax!
  • Eat magnesium rich foods.  Have you ever heard that bananas are good for preventing nighttime leg cramps?  It’s because of the magnesium.   Foods high in magnesium include nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, bananas, dark chocolate (YEAH!), dark leafy greens, and bananas.  Eat up!

 

Of course, if you have health issues, be sure and talk to your doctor first.  That’s always a good idea.

Mamas, if you need to calm your kids or grands, a magnesium bath or a few squirts of magnesium spray are a super simple solution.  Give it a shot.  Magnesium has so many health benefits.  I’d love to hear about YOUR magnesium experiences.  Tell me how it’s helped you.