Quite often during a massage I will come up with things that I want to know more about. This is usually sparked by a question the client will ask and me wanting to provide an answer. Several times nutrition will come up with questions about minerals and supplements to take. Enter: Magnesium.
The biggest property that I found about magnesium is its relationship with calcium in the body. It pairs with calcium and helps with the absorption into the bones and muscles. The interesting thing is that no matter how much calcium is in our diet, it won’t matter if we don’t take magnesium as well. In fact, the calcium could be deposited in our soft tissue and cause problems there! Got milk? Take some magnesium as well.
Magnesium levels can be dropped in the body by excess adrenaline. This can lead to symptoms of adrenal fatigue including lack of sleep. Feeling stressed? A good help can be more magnesium in the diet. On top of all this, poor diet affects the levels as well. In particular, refined sugars and carbonated sodas sap the body of its magnesium.
Other things that magnesium may help with:
- Insomnia and general sleeplessness
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Muscle twitches
So, what are good sources for magnesium? Well, the food that has the highest content is dark chocolate. Good news for everyone but me, since I don’t like it that much. Other (healthier?) foods are whole grains, (especially no
n-refined), brown rice, nuts and seeds, and green vegetables. If you aren’t getting enough in your diet, I would also recommend magnesium supplements.
To tie this back up to my profession, magnesium is also a key mineral in muscle relaxation. In my studies, I came to look at magnesium as a “soothing” mineral. It helps the body to relax, aids in sleep, and is the antagonist of adrenaline and stress. I also would encourage all that read this to study its properties for yourself.