Health Benefits of Magnesium: why taking time out with magnesium might make you feel much better
Poor sleep, general fatigue, feeling stressed and anxious, experiencing muscle spasms, twitches and general aches and pains are all symptoms of a potential magnesium deficiency. People have been using minerals like magnesium for thousands of years. Ancient Romans and Greeks may not have known which active ingredients were in their healing mineral spa baths, but they knew that long soaks in certain waters were beneficial to their health and wellbeing.
Muscles that are low in magnesium tend to spasm and cramp more frequently, often aching and feeling sore, particularly after physical exertion. Transdermal magnesium (applied directly to the skin) is fast-acting as it bypasses the digestive system and works directly on affected muscles to promote muscle recovery.
Another type of muscular cramping, familiar to many women, is PMS. Whilst boosting your body’s magnesium levels probably won’t be a miracle cure for period pain, applying topical magnesium treatments can help reduce the severity of localised abdominal cramps. It can help you manage monthly stress through relaxation and encouraging better sleep.
If your muscles regularly spasm i.e. twitch or cramp, particularly after exercising, you may well be deficient in magnesium. Magnesium, along with other minerals, is lost from the body in our perspiration so when we exercise and we perspire, this depletes the mineral levels in our body.
Minerals like magnesium and calcium are essential to the proper functioning of our bodies but maintaining them in balance can be tricky, particularly if our diet or lifestyle means our intake is deficient. Excess calcium in your muscles can become toxic and muscle tissues will begin calcifying (hardening) causing your muscles to feel tense, hard and sore. Magnesium counters the calcium present in muscles by binding with the same proteins. Limiting the amount of calcium the muscles retain and encouraging muscle tissues to remain soft, to relax and recover faster from exertion.
Magnesium speeds-up post-exercise muscle recovery by helping cells expel lactic acid which builds up as a by-product of energy production in muscle cells. Lactic acid retention causes sore, firm muscles and increases the time they take to return to their resting condition. If you are magnesium-deficient, you may find the application of transdermal magnesium treatments to stressed muscles post-exercise will promote quicker recovery, reducing muscle fatigue and soreness and encouraging those muscles to ‘bounce back’ faster, ready to perform again at their peak.
Magnesium can also assist in treating headaches resulting from poor posture or from stress and tension, it can help reduce the severity of migraines. Applying it directly to the neck and shoulders, if you feel the onset of a stress-headache, encourages those muscles to relax, and soften. This reduces tension and assist with pain, fatigue, stress and tension associated with neck pain.
Combining the application of magnesium-rich products to tired muscles directly through your skin with the physical manipulation of sore, aching muscles does relax the body, particularly when magnesium is combined with hydrating liquids and essential oils.
The three-fold effect on the body of replacing magnesium, massaging tired muscles and breathing soothing essential oils contributes positively to mental and emotional wellbeing, promoting relaxation and helping you enter a calmer state. This, in turn, encourages better sleep which can improve your overall quality of life, particularly in trying times like these.
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