8 reasons why you should be taking Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that is critically important to many of our bodily functions, it is found in plants but due to over farming our soil is no longer rich in many nutrients and Magnesium is one of the most important ones. Also things we do in life lower our levels of magnesium, such as stress, alcohol, caffeine, grains and all pharmaceutical drugs.

Signs and symptoms of a magnesium deficiency:

  1. Calcium deficiency
  2. Nausea
  3. Anxiety
  4. Type 2 diabetes
  5. Difficulty swallowing
  6. Respiratory problems
  7. Poor memory
  8. Muscle weakness
  9. Muscle cramps
  10. Dizziness
  11. Low immune system
  12. High blood pressure
  13. Headaches and migraine’s

The list goes on but here are a few for you.

Here are 8 reasons to start supplementing now:

  1. Better sleep – The sleep regulating hormone melatonin doesn’t function when magnesium isn’t present. Magnesium also controls stress hormones which contribute to 90% of insomnia.
  2. Stronger muscles – Magnesium allows the body to produce more insulin-like growth factor which is a major contributor to the growth and strength of cells. Also adenosine triphosphate is the cells energy store and is created with the help of magnesium meaning you have the potential to train harder for longer.
  3. Relaxes muscles – Magnesium helps to loosen tight muscles, lack of magnesium contributes to a build up of lactic acid resulting in cramps. Your night cramps may not be a dehydration but a lack of magnesium.
  4. Stronger bones and teeth – Magnesium works in synergy with other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D and Zinc but also calcium. Without 1 none of the others can do its job properly leading to deficiencies in calcium in the bones where it belongs.
  5. Hydrates – Magnesium is a natural electrolyte which is essential for proper hydration.
  6. Helps regulate digestive health – Magnesium can help relieve constipation by stimulating the digestive process which in turn detoxes the bowels leading to a less toxic body.
  7. Enzyme function – Enzymes work with protein molecules that are responsible for every chemical reaction in the body. Magnesium is required to make hundreds of these enzymes work which in turn keeps your body functioning properly.
  8. Reduces the chance of Diabetes – Magnesium enhances insulin secretion, which facilitates sugar metabolism. Without magnesium, glucose is unable to transfer into cells. Glucose builds up in the blood and causes all sorts of tissue and metabolic damage.

As you can see its such an important mineral for everybody and even if you eat the best diet you will still likely be deficient.

I sell a magnesium supplement at my gym Anatomy 37 by a company called pure pharma, there are many different forms that have different benefits but I will save all that info for another day.

I personally take magnesium in pill form daily with my dinner and I try to take a magnesium salt bath once a week which I find helps relieve muscle soreness better than the oral magnesium.