Magnesium is one of the top essential minerals our body needs to function at optimal levels. This critical mineral is usually stored in the bones yet unfortunately not naturally produced in the body. The good news is that you can get your daily dose in supplement form along with eating magnesium rich foods! It is always recommended to take a supplement in addition to eating magnesium rich foods because the food alone will not provide enough to reach the daily dose our body needs (420 mg for males; 320 mg for females). There are many forms of magnesium that are used for both similar and unique purposes.
As mentioned above, magnesium is a critical mineral needed for the proper functioning of the body in areas such as musculoskeletal and nervous systems and has a multi-faceted usage. You may wonder about how you can tell if you are deficient. A simple way is to first determine whether you are experiencing some of the following acute symptoms: loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, tingling and muscle cramps, or occasional heart palpitations. Next, you should contact your acupuncturist or healthcare professional to get an evaluation because these could be signs of many other imbalances. Overall, magnesium is best known to relieve muscle aches/cramps, insomnia, bone health, and immune function – among many others. Magnesium is considered “miraculous or magical” because each type has its own unique feature with little to no side effects. Check out the following forms below, their individual “claim to fame” miraculous benefit, and easy ways to incorporate more magnesium into your daily routine.
Types of Magnesium and Their Miraculous Feature
- Gentle and highly absorbable, calms the mind and muscles, and facilitates bowel movements
- Relieves occasional constipation, gas, bloating
- Naturally found in fruits/vegetables and the most absorbable form available
- Known for its calming effects on many stomach/GI related issues such as heartburn, acid reflux, and hardened stool – less absorbable and usually taken in higher doses
- Commonly sold as epsom salts and used in baths to provide calmness and muscle ache relief by being absorbed directly through the skin
Simple Ways to Get More Magnesium
- There are many brands out on the market but it is always best to check with your practitioner about which professional grade brands are best for you. The dosages per pill usually come in 100 mg or 120 mg and is usually recommended to take 1-4 capsules a few hours before bed, as it tends to have a relaxing effect.
- Do you have dietary restrictions such as dairy free, gluten free, or kosher? Don’t worry, most professional grade supplements offer these options.
- Magnesium is found in many high fibrous and healthy foods. Some include dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale), nuts (almonds), seeds (pumpkin, sesame), and whole grains.
- We understand that healthy foods aren’t always the tastiest by themselves. Feel free to check in with your Naturna practitioner for delicious recipes to incorporate these magnesium and nutrient rich foods
If you are experiencing heart palpitations, insomnia, or muscle cramps then you may want to schedule an appointment with your practitioner to see if exploring the miraculous benefits of magnesium is best suited for you. Like anything else, this blog is to help educate and inform you in hopes to better guide you on your healing journey!
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