Did you know? There’s a supplement you can take that will help you relax, sleep better and poop more often. A magnesium supplement.
And with our lifestyle nowadays we need it more than ever.
Magnesium is involved in over 600 enzymatic reactions in the body including energy metabolism and protein synthesis. Half of us are deficient in it.
That’s why at Wellness Blueprint, we test your micronutrient levels.
Stress depletes magnesium stores, as does excess alcohol consumption, eating processed foods, taking antibiotics and taking certain drugs like high blood pressure meds and diuretics, to name a few.
In my opinion, here are the top 5 reasons why you need to be taking a high quality magnesium supplement:
1. Magnesium improves your quality of sleep.
Can’t sleep? Magnesium Glycinate pills or a hot epsom salt (Magnesium Sulphate) bath can relax your muscles and help to soothe your whole body, promoting a sense of sleepiness for a better night’s rest.
2. Magnesium alleviates constipation.
If you’re feeling stopped up, Magnesium Citrate can get things moving again. It helps relax the muscles of the digestive tract and neutralize stomach acid allowing your poop to pass on. Take it at night for a healthy bowel movement first thing in the morning.
3. Magnesium prevents migraines and tension headaches.
Magnesium plays a role in neurotransmitter function and blood circulation, regulating the blood vessel constriction that often leads to migraines.
4. Magnesium calms your nerves.
Magnesium is like a natural anti-anxiety drug. Stress can be a cause of Magnesium deficiency and low magnesium levels can magnify the stress response. So we need more Mg in times of stress.
5. Magnesium relieves muscle pain and cramping (hello restless legs, hello PMS)
Not having enough magnesium available to our muscles can cause muscle spasms that often lead to pain, cramping or twitching. Taking a supplement can help muscles (including those lining the uterus) to contract and relax normally.
Bonus Tip #1: Sea vegetables such as kelp and dulse, almonds, cashews, walnuts, shrimp, avocado, beans and garlic are your best food sources for magnesium.
Bonus Tip #2: A search for Magnesium on Amazon, for example, produces over 8000 results for various product companies, forms of magnesium and price ranges. Not all Magnesiums are made equal. While most people will choose a nice looking product in the middle price range, due to human behavioral psychology, most people don’t know what’s best for them. That’s where I come in.
(Prescribing nutraceuticals is a science and art. That’s why Naturopathic doctors complete a 4-year accredited doctorate degree, including a year of primary internship and are regulated with 2 National board examinations before they can practice.)
Bonus Tip #3: Unfortunately, magnesium is not routinely checked by most conventional doctors. When’s the last time you’ve had your magnesium levels properly assessed? Consider having your micronutrient levels checked to accurately assess your magnesium levels (testing that we offer here at the Wellness Blueprint Health Centre).
So… do you agree you need a magnesium supplement? What has your experience been with taking a magnesium supplement in the past? Let me know in the comments below.
If you’d like to know more…
Schedule a time to chat with me, Dr. Esposito, ND. I’d love to hear more about your health goals and work with you to determine how to address your unique health needs.