Vitamin and mineral deficiency not only depletes energy, but also disturbs focus and clarity. Are your employees getting enough magnesium? Magnesium is a mineral that’s important for many functions of the human body. As the second most abundant element in the body, magnesium intake is vital to numerous biological processes. Magnesium is also an important electrolyte. It influences the electrical conductivity in our bodies, including brain activity. Without electrolytes like magnesium, muscles can’t fire, your heart cannot beat, and your brain can’t receive signals. When you lack magnesium, you lose the energy and conductivity that keeps you going. Magnesium deficiency can affect our day-to-day lives in a million different ways. The recommended daily value of magnesium is approximately 400mg although it’s reported that most don’t even receive more than 200mg daily.
Magnesium can be found in many food items including:
- Dark leafy greens
- Nuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds)
- Whole grains
- Dark chocolate
Various essential roles of magnesium:
- Helps to relieve muscle aches and spasms
- Aids digestion and constipation
- Assists nerve function
- Regulates hormones that are crucial for calming the brain and promoting relaxation Prevents osteoporosis by working with calcium to build bone density
How can I tell if I am magnesium deficient? Here are some symptoms:
- Weak bones
- Low energy/fatigue
- Inability to sleep
- PMS and hormonal imbalances
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Muscle tension, spasms, or cramps
Bathe your way to better health with Epsom salt
An alternative to getting magnesium from your diet is to soak your body in it. An Epsom salt bath can help supplement magnesium intake when we soak our bodies in it in the bathtub. Epsom salt is a dissolvable form of magnesium that can be absorbed transdermally, or through the skin. Epsom salts absorbed through the skin can help to alleviate muscle tension, pain, and inflammation. Abdominal cramps and migraine headaches are also on the list of issues that an Epsom bath may help relieve.
A 20-minute soak can draw out toxins, ease stress and improve sleep and concentration, as well as reduce muscle pain and inflammation.
DIY Green Tea Detox Bath
- 2c Epsom salt
- ½ c baking soda
- 3-5 green tea bags
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil
Soak for 20-30 min in hot (but comfortable) water. Drink lots of water to replenish what was sweated out!
The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.