WHY MAGNESIUM IS IMPORTANT AND HOW YOU CAN REPLENISH IT

Magnesium is involved in more than 400 processes in our body. It helps to regulate muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and manage energy. Once stress comes along though, our body decides to dump it because it is the main mineral that helps regulate our stress responses. We only store so much in our body so it is crucial to make sure one is replenishing it. Symptoms of low magnesium levels might be low energy, body aches, headaches, and restlessness. Here are some ways in which you can replenish your levels:

 

BATHS AND FOOT BATHS

This is a great way to absorb magnesium. The skin is the biggest organ on our body and our feet have the largest pores allowing ample absorption of magnesium. Using epsom salt (which is magnesium) in the baths is a wonderful way to reduce stress and absorb minerals at the same time. A dosage to start out with would be 1-2 cups of epsom salt + 1 cup of baking soda (not baking powder). Immerse yourself in this rejuvenating liquid for 30-40 minutes, 2-3 times a week. Graduate over time to as much as 8 cups of epsom salt.

One can also go ahead and take a magnesium foot bath which is a way to replenish an extreme deficiency quickly by doing it daily. Dosage is 1-2 oz of this oil in hot water covering your toes in a small tub. Both can be purchased at any local drug store.

 

INGESTION

Put magnesium (I add as well electrolytes) drops in your water. The real purpose of water is to receive minerals! If you want to take it in capsule form, I found the best form is to take is malate or glycinate.

Eating more magnesium rich foods such as: oysters, prawns, clams, shrimp, crab, haddock, salmon, brown rice, raw oats, buckwheat, millet and wild rice, collards, chard, beet greens, kelp/seaweed, spinach and kale (cook all leafy green vegetables), cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, fresh/dried coconut and avocados.

Cofactors (to help absorb and utilize it better) such as vitamin B6 or boron are wonderful supplements to help get magnesium inside of one’s cells.

 

Remember to go slow since magnesium can have a laxative effect on your gut!

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Dorothea Erichsen

Hello, I am Doro (short for Dorothea). I am a Nutritional Therapy consultant, but first and foremost a foodie. I love food, I love to prepare food, but most of all I love to eat and share with others.

January 31, 2021

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