Are you getting enough magnesium?
Are you getting enough minerals to keep you healthy and fit? Have you considered if your magnesium intake is adequate such that it prevents muscle cramps?
Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a busy role in our bodies, participating in a wide variety of enzyme reactions. It is a key mineral responsible for energy production, muscle synthesis, metabolism of fatty acids, contraction of muscles, muscular relaxation and is crucial for our bones.
They say that calcium is essential for strong and healthy bones (including for the bones in your spine) yet magnesium is also essential, while often overlooked.
Does lack of magnesium cause muscle cramps and fatigue?
According to Harvard Health, magnesium is an important component of many bodily functions, such as those, which involve “muscle contraction, blood clotting, and regulation of blood pressure.” It also helps with the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
If your body is low in magnesium, your muscles may fatigue faster. According to Carolyn Dean, MD, ND. (Medical Advisory Board of the Nutritional Magnesium Association):
“When there is too much calcium and insufficient magnesium inside a cell, you can get sustained muscle contraction.” This means more “twitches, spasms, and even convulsions,” she adds, citing other possible physical responses that can lower quality of life.
An adequate supply of magnesium may help your body by delivering a sustained supply of energy and oxygen to working muscles, with magnesium assisting your body to manage muscle fatigue, muscle soreness, muscle cramp and muscle spasm.
Am I deficient in magnesium?
If you experience back pain or muscular aches and pains, lower magnesium levels in your body may be contributing to these pains.
According to the National Institutes of Health, habitually low intakes or excessive losses of magnesium due to certain health conditions, chronic alcoholism, and/or the use of certain medications can lead to magnesium deficiency.
Additionally, “Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, personality changes.”
It is common knowledge that magnesium is prescribed to professional athletes or those who engage in regular physical labour to prevent injury and improve their recovery.
What is a good magnesium or mineral supplement?
Like most nutrients, your body’s daily amount of magnesium cannot be met by a single source of food. Rather, a combination of grains, nuts, seeds and leafy greens can help provide your body with magnesium.
Magnesium supplements are available in most health food stores and pharmacies. Here at Lyons Road Family Chiropractic we sell an all-in-one colloidal mineral supplement, containing magnesium, among other essential minerals. Lifesprings (the manufacturer) recommends the following:
- Mix 5mls daily after a meal with 200mls of your favourite fruit or vegetable juice, or water. Because these minerals are highly concentrated, 5mls per day is sufficient.
- Children should use 2.5mls per day.
The recommended daily intake of magnesium for adults is approximately 350mg/day for men and women.
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