We know that many of you would be feeling the burn from starting back in the gym or getting some running in since the new year. At least that’s what a lot of our clients are feeling!
Why is magnesium important?
There is nothing quite like magnesium to help support your strained muscles and kick start the healing process. In actual fact, magnesium has over 300 different ‘jobs’ in the body – it’s a workaholic!
It regulates diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including but not limited to:
- protein synthesis
- muscle and nerve function
- blood glucose control
- blood pressure regulation
- energy production
- the synthesis of DNA and RNA
Thus it’s crucial, from building and maintaining healthy bones to transporting calcium and potassium to cell membranes for nerve function, normal heart rhythm and muscle contraction. What’s more, magnesium naturally supports good digestion and cognitive health. In other words, ensuring you’re getting enough of “the mighty mineral” should soar to the top of your health to-do list.
Why do we need to supplement with it and which magnesium should I take?
Unfortunately because of over farming, poor soil quality, and herbicide and pesticide use, the amount of magnesium in our food has been greatly reduced.
Plus only approximately 30% to 40% of the dietary magnesium consumed is typically absorbed by the body.
National Institutes of Health report that most U.S. residents aren’t getting enough of the good stuff. What’s more, certain situations—from alcoholism and intestinal problems to a less-than-stellar diet—can cause your body to lose magnesium quicker than you can replenish it.
One thing to note is that Magnesium is a tissue salt, meaning that it is lost when you sweat…which is something we need to consider if you exercise or live in a sunny part of the world, like Australia!
You want to make sure that you are taking a good quality magnesium and the right type that will be absorbed well. This is unique to the individual, as different types of magnesium are better for certain conditions.
As a general rule, powders are absorbed better than tablets.
The average adult should be consuming approximately 400mg of Magnesium/day.
What foods contain magnesium?
Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, are good sources. In general, foods containing dietary fiber provide magnesium.
Can you take too much magnesium?
Too much magnesium from food does not pose a health risk in healthy individuals because the kidneys eliminate excess amounts in the urine. However, high doses of magnesium from dietary supplements or medications often result in diarrhea that can be accompanied by nausea and abdominal cramping. This is great feedback from the body to reduce your dosage.
So there you have it! Our go-to mineral for your bodily functions.
If you are keen to know which type of magnesium we would recommend for you then get in touch with us, leave a comment and we will get back to you.
We send everyone strength to continue on their health journey.
Here is to your happy mind and body!
Dr Andy & Dr Jacinta