Suffering from restlessness, muscle spasms and cramps or feeling stressed? Magnesium might be the answer...
Magnesium is one of my favourite supplements and I find it works well on many levels with my clients. Not only is it something I take on a regular basis for muscle cramps and twitches (I suffer from restless leg syndrome - yes that's a real thing!), but it also helps with muscle relaxation and sleep.
I recently had one of my clients inform me that their magnesium supplement I had prescribed had literally "changed their life" and they were now able to sleep continuously through the night without the insomnia and muscle spasms they had suffered since age 10, allowing them to get through their day with less stress and anxiety. Go magnesium!
A good quality, easily absorbed magnesium such as ones that come under the practitioner-only supplement range offer clients so many benefits. Here's a little outline of what this amazing mineral does:
What is magnesium? An essential mineral involved in the basic structure of DNA. It is a catalyst to over 400 found enzymatic reactions in the body, with almost all of our body systems relying on magnesium for their metabolic function. Magnesium helps maintain muscles in a relaxed state, preventing cramps, twitches and tension.
What foods does it come in? Pumpkin seeds, spinach and other green vegetables, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, black beans, kidney beans, almonds, cashews, peanuts, lentils, oats, wheat germ, bananas, raisins, cocoa and cacao (chocolate, yay!)
Who needs it? Everybody! And in abundance. Especially those who exercise frequently; who suffer from muscle cramps and spasms; who are highly stressed; who struggle to sleep or who suffer from restless leg syndrome. Ever crave chocolate during times of PMS? Well perhaps you're suffering from a magnesium deficiency. It really does effect everybody.
Signs and symptoms you might need a magnesium supplement: muscle fatigue, muscle cramps and spasms, restless leg syndrome, low energy, low mood, PMS, headaches and poor blood sugar regulation.
Severe deficiencies: arrhythmia, irregular heart beat, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, lack of appetite, bone fractures and osteoporosis.
Should I take a supplement? If you’re suffering from muscle cramps and spasms, tension, twitches or restless leg syndrome you can benefit from magnesium supplementation to both prevent and relieve these symptoms. Athletes or those who exercise strenuously can also benefit to help prevent muscular cramps during and after exercise and the elderly are also at greater risk of being magnesium deficient due to decreased uptake and metabolism, therefore supplementation can be useful in these later years.
First and foremost we should always aim to get our nutrients, vitamins and minerals from our food and diet, and only supplement during times of need such as when a deficiency begins to impact our lives.
For more information or if you think you might be magnesium deficient, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make a nutrition appointment today.