Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body and adequate levels are crucial for our body to function properly and for us to feel our best. The recommended dietary allowance is 400-420 mg for men and 310-320 mg for women. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that 1 in 3 Australians did not reach their estimated average requirement for daily intake of magnesium, in the 2011 - 2012 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey. Unfortunately, soil depletion and Western diets are two major reasons for inadequate magnesium intake. But don’t stress - once you read this blog you will know how to get enough magnesium each day!
Fun Fact: magnesium is involved in over 300 chemical reactions in the human body!
The Magnesium Stress Cycle
Magnesium is needed to modulate the body's stress-response system. Physical or mental stress exhausts your body's magnesium stores, and then depleted magnesium levels amplify stress, establishing a vicious cycle. Therefore ensuring adequate magnesium intake is important to ease stress and its impact on your life.
Other Important Uses of Magnesium
Muscle & Nerve Function
Magnesium is a key player in muscle contraction and relaxation. It helps to regulate neuromuscular signals, preventing muscles from contracting too much and causing cramps or spasms.
HINT: This is why magnesium can be helpful for period pain - so dark chocolate (which is rich in magnesium) is perfect for that time of the month!
When we think about strong bones, calcium often takes centre stage. However, magnesium plays a vital supporting role in bone health. It helps convert vitamin D into its active form, which is essential for calcium absorption. Without adequate magnesium, our bones may not get the calcium they need, potentially leading to weakened bones and an increased risk of osteoporosis.
Did you know heart flutters/palpitations can be a sign of magnesium deficiency? Magnesium has an important role in regulating blood pressure and maintaining a steady heartbeat. Studies have also shown that individuals with higher magnesium intake have a reduced risk of developing heart disease and hypertension.
Magnesium is used to assist in our insulin and carbohydrate metabolism, using food to produce energy. Healthy levels of magnesium can help your body regulate your blood sugar levels and can help keep your energy levels stable throughout the day.
3 Ways to Increase Magnesium Levels
Load up on magnesium-rich foods like hemp seeds, chia seeds, leafy greens, raw cacao, almonds, cashews, peanuts, avocado, bananas, seafood, turkey, chicken, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes.
If your diet falls short, consider magnesium supplements under the guidance of a nutritionist.
#3: Topical Magnesium
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath can be a relaxing way to absorb magnesium through your skin, or using a magnesium oil spray.
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