This year has been crazy and let’s admit it we’ve all been a little more stressed than usual. And even some of us have packed on a few Covid kilos. If that’s you then keep reading.
If you’ve ever been into a health food store or spoken to a naturopath then you’ve probably been recommended to increase your magnesium intake. And it’s for a very good reason. Magnesium is found in every single cell in your body. That’s right, every cell.
Over 300 different reactions in the human body requires magnesium. From sleeping, to detoxifying. From regulating insulin and your blood sugar to managing your hormones. Pretty much everything from A to Z requires magnesium. And unfortunately, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re not getting enough.
As many as 70% of people that were surveyed reported to not eating enough
dietary magnesium to reach their daily needs.
Not to mention that requirements jump again for those who;
- Are suffering from stress or anxiety.
- Sweat regularly.
- Drink caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and energy drinks.
- Drink alcohol, smoke or eat lots of salty foods.
I don’t know about you… but that’s me all over.
Here’s the lowdown.
Magnesium for stress;
Ever craved chocolate when you’re stressed?
During stress, our hormones that control the stress response activates the movement of magnesium out of the cells into the extracellular space where it can play a protective role. However, when stress becomes more long term this can cause an increase of loss of magnesium. This is often why we crave chocolate when we’re stressed; as good quality chocolate is a good source.
And for weight management;
Now, magnesium is not the go-to supplement when it comes to weight loss. However, it plays a powerful role in the regulation and function of insulin. This makes it a super important mineral for diabetics and anyone trying to reduce weight particularly if you carry weight around the midsection.
Did you know that at the centre of every Chlorophyll molecule (the green pigment in plants), there’s a magnesium ion? That means all green leafy vegetables are a good source of magnesium. So, mum was right when she said – eat your greens. Other good food sources include; almonds, pepitas, edamame, beans, oatmeal, avocado, hemp seeds and spirulina… just to name a few.
So, what happens if I’ve tried magnesium and it doesn’t seem to help?
There’s lots of different types of Magnesium supplements, so you need to make sure you’ve got the right one for you. Plus dosage can make all the difference. Magnesium is used for over 300 reactions in the body (that’s a lot) so we need it in larger amounts than most other nutrients. So it’s possible that you’re not taking enough for your requirements.
To ensure you’ve got the right supplement for you come speak to one of our qualified practitioners or you can book in here with one of our practitioners.