Half of the American population is estimated to have a magnesium deficiency. Responsible for nearly 300 chemical functions, this is not a deficiency you should ignore.
According to the National Institute of Health, magnesium deficiency can cause nausea, fatigue, and seizures, but as it worsens it can lead to hypertension, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis.
However, with the right diet and supplementation, you can keep your brain and body healthy and happy. Boosting your intake of magnesium has many benefits besides functional necessity, including the following:
- increases energy.
- calms anxiety.
- treats insomnia and helps you fall asleep.
- good for digestion and relieves constipation constipation.
- relieves muscle aches and spasms.
- regulates levels of calcium, potassium, and sodium.
- important for heart health.
- prevents headaches.
- prevents osteoporosis.
To improve your brain’s neurotransmitter functions, regulate your metabolism, and stimulate energy production, you can start mindfully increasing your intake in several different ways.
Build a High Fiber Diet:
Many high fiber foods are also rich in magnesium, which is a good signpost to look for when building a balanced diet. Spinach, swiss chard, black beans, almonds, cashews, and potatoes weigh in at some of the highest levels of magnesium, and avocados, bananas, and grains like quinoa are also good sources.
Take a Magnesium Supplement:
Studies have proven that magnesium supplements can successfully replenish your body’s supply, but the absorption rate varies depending on the kind of supplement you take.
Magnesium citrate, chelate, chloride, and glycinate are more easily absorbed by the gut than oxide and sulfate forms, so check the labels, and ask your doctor for their recommendation based on your symptoms.
Our supplement experts at Terra Health and Wellness Market are also always ready to share their wealth of knowledge with you if you are looking for something specific.
Apply Magnesium Oil Topically:
Research has not confirmed yet whether applying magnesium topically is more or less beneficial than taking a supplement. However, many users have reported improved muscle and cramp relief, increased endurance, decreased stress, and anti-inflammatory benefits when incorporating magnesium oil into their self-care routines.
You can find Omica Organics’ and Ancient Minerals’ topical magnesium oils at Terra Health and Wellness Market, or you can make your own. Simply boil one cup of distilled water and mix with one cup of Omica Organics Magnesium Flakes until they dissolve. Let cool, then pour into a spray bottle and apply!