Okay so we all know we need to have a healthy diet and exercise. Making sure we are getting all of our vitamins and minerals in is a no-brainer, yet it seems to be pretty tricky with our Western diets of processed foods, high sugar and salt content. Keeping our bodies fit and strong shouldn’t be as difficult as it seems sometimes, so with our hectic lives it can be useful to have a couple of supplements to help our bodies recover particularly from stress. So why is it important to have Magnesium For Muscles and how can it help you?

What Does Magnesium Do?

So according to Ancient Minerals:

Magnesium activates over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, translating to thousands of biochemical reactions happening on a constant basis daily. Magnesium is crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation.

magnesium for musclesUnless you are eating a lot of whole foods such as whole grains, fruit and vegetables, you probably are low.

Ancient Minerals also goes on to say that if you have any of the following it can impact your uptake or drain your stocks of magnesium:

  • Carbonated Beverages
  • Sugar
  • Stress
  • Surgery
  • Caffeine
  • Diuretics
  • Heart Medication, Birth Control Pills, Asthma Medication, Estrogen Replacement Medication
  • Alcohol

You can also read their list of symptoms if you are deficient of magnesium by Clicking Here but the main ones I see are cramping, muscle spasms and chronic tension.

What Should I Do?

If you have any sort of medical condition always talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. I personally have spoken to a lot of people who have had reduced cramps and muscle tension from regular use of magnesium supplements. That being said, according to Coach Nine there is no research to say that Magnesium Supplements work. But this may just mean that no one has funded the research yet (to learn about why there may be Conflicting Research in health Click Here).

massage toowoombaMagnesium supplements comes in many forms such as oral (pills or powder), salts (such as Magnesium or Epsom) and Topical (oil and cream).

I personally prefer the oil and cream because it is absorbed through the skin directly into the problem areas. If you take it orally it could go to any of the 300 processes that need it (which is still good but not as helpful if you are having cramps). Baths are also good but time consuming. You want to allow 20 minutes for any bath, oil or cream to absorb the magnesium.

That being said, the oils and creams I’ve tried do irritate the skin. I’m use to it but if you do have a skin condition you probably would be better taking it orally to be on the safe side.

As I said, if in doubt consult a health professional before any use to assess your individual needs.

Soooo….

Nothing beats a healthy diet. When it comes to supplements I give things a go for a few weeks to see if there is any improvement before I move on. I know magnesium has helped a lot of people and I do hope it helps you too.

Take Care,

Kathryn.

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