Dealing with the Aftermath of Christmas - Magnesium Deficiency
Tired? Aching? Bloated? Lethargic? If you partied hard over Christmas and New Year you may now be feeling the effects! But before you blame lack of sleep and overeating, read on; you may well be suffering from magnesium deficiency.
Maintaining the right level of magnesium is crucial to staying fit, healthy and alert. It's one of the most important minerals we have and is responsible for around 300 biochemical reactions in the body.
Magnesium plays a part in just about everything we do...
- from maintaining heart health
- keeping our bones strong
- promoting normal nerve and muscle function
- and supporting a healthy immune system.
It also increases the availability of...
- promotes restful sleep
- eases muscle cramps and spasms
- lowers cholesterol
- decreases insulin resistance
- enhances circulation
- and can even treat asthma and emphysema.
Considering magnesium is so important it's alarming how easy it is to lose. Modern living is really not conducive to maintaining healthy magnesium levels. Stress, poor quality sleep, over-processed foods, cooked foods and pharmaceuticals can all cause magnesium deficiency. So those festive drinkies and extra helpings of Christmas pud may well have taken their toll!
Also known as hypomagnesemia, magnesium deficiency is often overlooked. Few people in the Western world suffer from acute deficiency but up to three-quarters of the population are not getting their recommended daily intake.
Magnesium deficiency symptoms are varied but generally include...
- muscle spasms and soreness
- tightness of breathing
- heart palpitations
- high blood pressure
- extreme fatigue.
Of course, all of these symptoms can also have other causes so you should check with your GP.
The quickest and probably easiest way to safely raise magnesium levels in your body is through the skin - or transdermal.
This can be done in a couple of different ways. Our favourite is to add 1-3 cups of magnesium flakes to a warm bath - or half a cup to a foot spa. Simply relax and soak in all the therapeutic benefits for 30 minutes or more.
As well as being wonderfully soothing and relaxing, a magnesium bath will relieve sore muscles and joints, calm the nervous system, provide better sleep, boost the immune system and generate higher energy levels.
It's important to drink plenty of water after your bath to hydrate.
The second method is to use Transdermal Magnesium Oil.
Made from naturally condensed seawater, this is a fantastic source of dissolved trace elements and minerals. Spray directly on the skin to ease muscular aches and pains or add 30ml to your bath or foot spa.
Support these highly beneficial treatments by boosting your daily magnesium intake through healthier living choices.
To begin with, eat more magnesium-rich foods, such as nuts (almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts and pecans), kelp, molasses and buckwheat. Raw foods are best.
You may also consider taking a magnesium supplement, as well as swapping cheap table salt for good quality Himalayan crystal salt.
Remember, certain life choices will deplete your magnesium levels, so try and avoid processed and non-organic foods, refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. You could also try giving your body a break from tea, coffee and alcohol every now and then.
Unfiltered tap water can also cause magnesium deficiency due to the fluoride and contaminants. Investing in a good quality water filtering system will solve this problem.
Remember, taking care of your body now will make it last longer, and give you a happier, healthier lifestyle!