3 Important Reasons Why You Should Be Taking Magnesium

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There are a lot of supplements and designer medicines that are pushed at us via advertisements, doctors, celebrities, and social media. “Try this new vitamin that makes hair longer and makes skin 10 years younger.” It is hard not to go out and buy every single one of these excellent products when we hear all the amazing powers it has. While I am a sucker for these gimmicks, I also try to listen to my body and find supplements that it truly needs, which is where magnesium plays a significant role.

We all need basic things to survive like food, water, or Vitamins A-Z. It can become difficult to navigate when there are so many supplements and vitamins on the shelves that have descriptions that seem crucial to our health. One important thing to remember about this is that you should always consult a physician or naturopath before starting a regimen. They can do tests that genuinely help you figure out what your body is lacking and what you should be taking on a day to day basis.

One crucial mineral we do need to be taking (again, depends on each individual for how much) is magnesium. We might know about magnesium on the periodic table or as a component of chalk, but we seldom think of how our bodies also need it. What does magnesium do for our system? Well, it plays an integral part in normalizing our blood pressure, keeping bones healthy, and maintain an excellent working heart.

Unfortunately, most humans do not consume enough magnesium in their daily intake. This is mostly because magnesium is a macromineral, meaning you need to take it in larger amounts to get the proper daily intake. Typically, we should be consuming anywhere between 80 and 420 milligrams a day (depending on age and gender) to honestly receive the full benefits from this mineral. So why is it so important? How do I make sure I get my daily intake?

Helps Absorb Calcium and Promote Healthy Bones
We all know the importance of calcium for promoting strong bones and preventing osteoporosis. The problem is that we can consume too much which could lead to kidney stones, arterial calcification (a hard buildup around arteries), or cardiovascular disease. Where does magnesium fall into play?

I recently learned that magnesium actually helps metabolize calcium intake so that you are getting the fantastic properties (such as bone health) without the risks. It is proven that people who take the proper daily intake of magnesium have a higher bone density as well as a lower risk for osteoporosis.

Promotes a Healthy Heart
The main priority should always be a healthy heart for our bodies. While each muscle and organ is vital in survival, our heart is the engine pumping fuel to keep everything else working correctly. As stated with calcium, magnesium helps lower the risk of artery buildup which can lead to damaging heart conditions if not treated.

This mineral also works as electrolytes in our body which is hugely important in a healthy working heart. Without electrolytes, specific signals cannot be sent or received in our bodies which causes our heart to stop pumping blood throughout our system. It also helps regulate blood sugar, relax blood vessels, and promote muscle/nerve function (which is significant since our heart is just one big muscle).

Relieves Anxiety and Promotes Sleep
Did you know that a daily intake of magnesium can actually promote a good nights sleep? I did not know this either until I read about different teas to take before bed. Typically people who are magnesium deficient suffer from insomnia or restless nights. This is because magnesium supports healthy levels of GABA which is a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep. It also creates healthier sleeping habits by lowering stress and anxiety.

It has been shown that lower magnesium levels can change our bacteria in our guts which can actually cause a change in mood and stress. Again, GABA helps in relaxing our bodies and reducing stress. When our anatomy is in a constant state of tension and stress our mind, in turn, becomes stressed and can cause anxiety. Magnesium over time can lower these so you can sleep more effectively and relax a little bit easier.

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So how can I get more magnesium in my diet?
I would strongly suggest to anyone who doesn't get enough magnesium to start taking a supplement. Since we do need large quantities, it helps to take a pill each day to help balance out our levels, especially if we can't get in the proper foods every day. If you do want to start eating more magnesium based foods these are a great source:
  • Almonds (2 oz = 80 mg)
  • Whole Wheat (1 cup = 160 mg)
  • Spinach (1 cup boiled = 157 mg)
  • Quinoa (1 cup cooked = 118 mg)
  • Cashews (1 oz = 74 mg)
  • Peanuts (2 tablespoons = 49 mg)
  • Tofu (½ cup = 37 mg)
By eating healthier and putting proper minerals and supplements in our bodies, we can start to see a top performing system that works to the best of its ability. Magnesium is a huge component that we sometimes don't think about for healthy bones, healthy heart, and reduced stress. Let me know below what are some of your favorite meals to make or teas you drink that have magnesium in them!


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