We get asked a lot about the benefits of Magnesium. Most are familiar with how it may help muscle recovery, relieve headaches and help with cramps. But here are 5 other things about Magnesium you really should know!
1. Magnesium has been shown to help fight stress and anxiety
Stress – it has become part of day to day life and it really doesn’t do your body or mental well being any favours. When you are stressed your body’s adrenal system releases adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones are designed to help your body respond to an immediate situation and then shut off. But when you are in a constant state of stress these hormones don’t switch off and excessive levels of cortisol can lead to weight gain, acne, slowed down healing and sleeplessness.
And this is where Magnesium steps in!
Magnesium helps to support your adrenal system by regulating and dampening the effect of stress hormones when they are no longer needed. By increasing your Magnesium and making sure you aren’t deficient your adrenal system will be able to handle those tress hormones more effectively and reduce the impact on your health overall.
2. Magnesium can help improve gut health
We are still learning so much about our gut health but recent studies have highlighted the important role Magnesium can play in supporting our friendly gut flora.
Magnesium helps to activate the enzymes that break down food during the digestion process. Without enough of it your digestive health can be impacted and the bad bacteria thrive while the friendly bacteria dies out.
Magnesium is also essential for helping the body maintain healthy bowel movements and your bowel movements slow down that can also cause problems with your gut flora.
3. It is essential for your energy levels
We talk a lot about using Magnesium to improve sleep, but did you know it is just as vital for your energy levels during the day? Magnesium activates our main source of cellular energy – adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Without enough Magnesium in your body, it cannot produce enough energy and you can start to feel fatigued.
4. You absorb Magnesium more effectively through your skin than taking it orally
Most people are familiar with the idea of taking Magnesium – either through tablets or powder and as we say – as long as you are taking Magnesium it’s a good thing! But what a lot of people don’t realize is that your body actually absorbs Magnesium more effectively through your skin. This is because it goes via your skin straight through to your blood stream – an instant hit!
When taken orally it has to go through your digestive system and unfortunately it doesn’t tend to stay in there long enough for your body to absorb everything you have taken before it is flushed out. Some people also find an increase in stomach issues (cramping and diarrhea) when taking Magnesium tablets or powder and that is never fun.
Because Magnesium applied to your skin (aka transdermal application) doesn’t have to go via your gut you get more of what you are “taking” and without the side effects!
5. It has an important part to play in weight management
A lack of Magnesium has, in recent studies, been shown to have an impact on fat metabolism, which in turn can have an impact on a persons ability to manage their weight. This is a relatively new field of study – there is a lot more research demonstrating how Magnesium is essential for blood glucose control (and can help curb those 3pm sugar cravings) – but early reports have found higher levels of Magnesium deficiencies in those who are overweight when compared to those in a healthy weight range. And while it definitely won’t be the wonder cure to support weight loss, upping your Magnesium will help support your body to do its best in getting to and maintaining a healthy weight.
Want to try our Magnesium for yourself? We always recommend our Magnesium Relax Bundle as a great place to start