Magnesium: Why Do We Need It?

What is Magnesium?

Magnesium (abbreviated as Mg in the Periodic Table of Elements) is a mineral nutrient that helps the body with energy production. Traces of it are found in our bones, soft tissues, and in every single one of our cells. 

 

What Does Magnesium Do For The Body?

Magnesium helps the body breakdown glucose and convert it into energy. This energy is used by our cells and organs so that our entire body system may work properly and efficiently.
Magnesium is vital to body functions such as proper nerve transmission, muscles contraction, blood coagulation, protein synthesis, blood glucose control, nutrient metabolism, cell formation, normal blood pressure levels, and regular heartbeat. In fact, magnesium is key to a healthy heart because it benefits the circulatory system in number of ways which reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Those suffering from arrhythmia, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and endothelial dysfunction often take it in the form of a daily supplement because of its heart-healthy effects.
Magnesium helps your body by improving digestion, relieving constipation, and regulating calcium, potassium, and sodium levels; However, too much of it may cause diarrhea.

How To Know If You Are Low In Magnesium

Because it is responsible for helping the body produce energy, problems such as fatigue, poor sleep, cramps, loss of appetite, minor nausea, increased levels of stress, anxiety, or depression, migraines, ADD, irritability, or brain fog may be the result of a magnesium deficiency. Even a slightly moderate deficiency can lead to changes in heartbeat, blood cells, and the intestinal tract.
Magnesium also works to balance out calcium levels within the cells and tissues. In the case that your body is deficient in magnesium, calcium levels may become too high, and a type of arthritis may occur. 

Magnesium-Rich Foods

If you believe you have a deficiency, you can easily add a few magnesium-rich foods to your diet. The following are some foods that contain the highest levels of this mineral:

  • Dark, leafy greens such as kale, raw spinach, and collard greens.
  • Nuts and seeds; Specifically squash seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, Brazilian nuts, and almonds.
  • Raw Cacao
  • Black beans, fish, figs, avocados, yogurt, and bananas.

Try our Avocado & Cacao Chia Pudding for a magnesium-rich breakfast or snack!

Another Way To Make Sure You're Getting The Magnesium You Need

Magnesium and other beneficial minerals are easily absorbed through the skin by soaking in a hot salt bath. This can also help to draw toxins out of the skin and tissues through excretion.

Check out these Himalayan Crystal Bath Salts by Herbs of Light.

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