MAGNESIUM • If you have chronically tense muscles, MENSTRUAL CRAMPS, sleep struggles, anxiety, or chocolate cravings, you might be deficient in this absolutely crucial mineral. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, as it’s estimated that upwards of 80% of the population is deficient these days, due to degraded soil quality and poor farming practices.
I’ve read that magnesium is used for more than 600 enzyme-driver biochemical reactions ocurring in the body. Or 300, depending who you ask ;) Either way, it’s a fact that the mitochondria in every cell in your body need magnesium to create ATP, otherwise known as ENERGY. Magnesium is also crucial in building proteins and cell reproduction and necessary for neurotransmitter synthesis, muscle relaxation, inflammation reduction, regulating healthy blood pressure, balancing electrolytes, maintaining steady blood sugar levels as well as proper bone density, and calming nerves by activating the parasympathetic nervous system which tells the body to relax. It’s vital for maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol in the blood and mineral balance. It also helps our DNA to remain stable and free of mutations. MAGNESIUM IS ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL to health and cannot be manufactured by the body — you have to get it from outside sources.
You get small amounts of magnesium from dark leafy greens🌿pumpkin seeds, avocado🥑and chocolate🍫but supplementation of some sort is likely key to your radiant health. While most common magnesium supplements are forms of magnesium “salts” (Natural Calm, for example which is Magnesium Citrate), higher-quality supplements are Amino Acid chelates like: Glycinate, Lysinate, Orotate, Threonate, or Taurate which are often more expensive, but offer higher absorption rates. You could also add magnesium flakes to your bath🛁 or use a topical gel, oil, or magnesium lotion (though I personally have found every one I've tried to make me so itchy!)
My personal fave way to supplement is 200-400 mg Mag Glycinate in the morning (upped to 600 the week before noontime) and 200-400 Magnesium Threonate before bed as it’s the form recently proven to boost restorative sleep, brain function🧠and neuroplasticity.