MAGNESIUM – WHAT IS THE BENEFIT?
With so many supplements out there, I can honestly only recommend a select few. For a while, I was feeling drained, tired from work, didn’t sleep well at night, and groggy in the mornings. My muscles ached, and I felt like I was worn out – literally all the time!
I knew that Magnesium is an electrolyte and needed for bodily function, it’s given in “banana bags” as an IV (ie. if you’re in the hospital), and is used to supplement for heart diseases, diabetes, certain cancers, and also surprisingly used to decrease inflammation.
So, I started taking 500 mg of magnesium at night before going to bed. Why did I start doing this? My wife found out from her doctor that she had a magnesium deficiency – she was also tired, lethargic, and drained. So, I did some research on the benefits. Here is what I have found from personal experience and through research:
- Symptoms of low magnesium intake can include chronic fatigue, muscle cramps, facial tics, poor sleep, and chronic pain.
- If you drink more than 7 alcohol beverages per week, more than likely you have a deficiency. Also, carbonated beverages, especially dark sodas, deplete magnesium from your body.
- Certain medications such as heart medications, asthma medications, hormone replacements, and diuretics strip your body of magnesium while also depleting bone mass leading to osteoporosis and pain.
- Magnesium is only found in certain foods: beans, nuts, fish, green leafy vegetables, and whole grains such as whole wheat bread and brown rice. Unfortunately, if you don’t like these foods, you might have a deficiency. Also, refined foods and processing of foods reduces the magnesium content, which again, giving us a deficiency.
- The average female 31 years old and over need 320 mg per day, males need 420 mg per day.
SO WHY TAKE IT?
Magnesium helps to regulate blood pressure, heart rhythm, and strengthens bones. It not only does this, but when I started taking magnesium at night, I literally woke up energized like I could take on the world. Waking up thinking, “What am I going to do today?” not feeling dragged, worn down, or stressed. Magnesium really is a supplement that will make you feel better! I’ve taken vitamins, all sorts of supplements, nutrition shakes to make me feel energized, refreshed, and ready for the world (work, and life), but nothing really made a difference. Magnesium really has made an impact on my life with daily tasks, feeling well, and “getting things done”.
IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU? Give it a try and let me know if it works for you, but please consult with your doctor first – magnesium can affect and worsen some medical conditions/diseases and is not recommended for certain medications.
Here’s to wellness! Take care!