If you are at all abreast of news in the natural health world, you will not be surprised by the plethora of information coming out about the importance of mineral balancing.
Magnesium is my favorite mineral to talk about for so many reasons.
Magnesium has been called “the original chill pill” by Psychology Today.
Magnesium and Mood
First of all, pretty much everyone is under stress these days. Stress can be physical, mental, or chemical. If you are under stress you lose a good deal of magnesium every day.
Even excessive exercise and sweating can deplete magnesium. For people who love to do hot yoga or a sweaty sauna session, you may be also depleting magnesium levels. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17172008/
If you are loving hot yoga or sauna sessions, consider more adding magnesium to your diet!
This common mineral is critical to our mental health because of the role it plays in our nervous system. Magnesium deficiency can make mental health conditions worse. In fact, magnesium had an antidepressant effect when given to animals in one study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507265/
Not only does it help depression, but it has been called “the original chill pill” by Psychology Today. If you have taken it you know exactly what this means!
Magnesium is also very safe. If you overdo it, you may find yourself with diarrhea but nothing more.
Magnesium deficiency can induce a wide range of clinical complications, including painful muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, arrhythmia, osteoporosis, and migraines. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6316205/)
Not only can you have clinical complications from low magnesium, but you can also experience annoying discomforts such as insomnia, moodiness, fatigue, and muscle aches.
Insulin and Weight Loss
Magnesium promotes insulin sensitivity and may be helpful for those with Type 2 Diabetes.https://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/40/12/1695 Could this also mean magnesium might help with weight loss? We just don’t know yet.
Magnesium helps regulate vitamin D levels. According to one study, vitamin D supplementation could be reduced by consuming an adequate amount of magnesium, as magnesium helps in the activation or stimulation of endogenous vitamin D already present in the body to exert its functions. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6316205/)
How to Get Magnesium
It is present in many foods such as animal foods, veggies and nuts, and seeds. It may not be enough to reach your 400mgs per day minimum, however. There are several supplemental forms of magnesium you can use, here are my favorites:
- For magnesium to help you sleep with the added aid for constipation CALM Magnesium Citrate
- Highly Absorbable Magnesium in Various forms: Quad Magnesium
- Best Magnesium for enhancing mood – Magnesium Glycinate
- For Topical Use: Magnesium Oil Spray
- For Soaking Baths or Foot Baths: Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salts) keywords=magnesium+sulfate&qid=1638824423&s=hpc&sr=1-29
Magnesium is also very safe. If you overdo it, you may find yourself with diarrhea but nothing more. Magnesium is needed for hundreds of functions in the body and most people are slight to severely deficient. Try adding it in and see if you feel the difference!