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Magnesium: A Mineral for Optimal Health

by Aquarius Wellness | Jun 1, 2022 | | 0 Comments

Magnesium Benefits – and The Problems That Can Arise from A Deficiency In It!

Magnesium is the eighth-most abundant element in the universe, and yet, it’s also one of the most often overlooked minerals when it comes to human health.

Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the human body, including helping to regulate blood sugar levels, promoting healthy nerve and muscle function, and supporting a healthy immune system. However, magnesium can also be easily depleted due to stress, a poor diet, certain medications, and other health conditions.

Despite the vital role it plays in human health, magnesium deficiency is relatively common, however, it’s often undiagnosed since it can be difficult to test for.

In this article, we will look at some of the health benefits of magnesium, as well as some of the problems that can arise from magnesium deficiency–and what to do about it.

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Health Benefits of Magnesium in the Human Body

From supporting and boosting exercise performance to promoting restful sleep, there are many wellness benefits that can be derived from magnesium. If you’re looking to improve your health in the following ways, consider increasing your magnesium intake.

  • Regulates blood sugar levels: Magnesium helps to regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin release and helping to transport glucose into cells where it can be used for energy.
  • May improve PMS symptoms: PMS is a fact of life for many women, but magnesium may help to improve some of its undesirable symptoms. Magnesium helps to reduce bloating, cramps, and fatigue – all common PMS symptoms.
  • Promotes healthy nerve and muscle function: Magnesium is necessary for proper nerve and muscle function. It helps to relax muscles, which can relieve pain and tension.
  • Supports a healthy immune system: A healthy immune system is vital for fighting off infections and diseases. Magnesium helps to activate T-cells (a type of white blood cell), which play an essential role in the immune response.
  • Promotes restful sleep: Magnesium helps to promote restful sleep by regulating the body’s stress hormone levels and by supporting healthy nerve function.
  • Boosts anti-inflammatory benefits: Magnesium has been shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits, which can help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
  • Improves exercise performance: Magnesium also plays a role in energy production and muscle contraction, both of which are important for exercise performance. A lack of magnesium can lead to fatigue and weakness.
  • May prevent migraine attacks: No one likes dealing with migraines, and magnesium may help to prevent them. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and muscles, which can reduce the intensity and pain of a migraine attack.

Problems Due to A Magnesium Deficiency

While regular amounts of magnesium are essential for good health, low magnesium levels can lead to a variety of problems. Below are some of the most common problems due to magnesium deficiency.

  • Fatigue: If you’re feeling tired all the time, it could be due to a lack of magnesium. This excellent mineral plays a role in energy production, so a deficiency in it can lead to fatigue and weakness.
  • Muscle cramps: Your muscles are able to contract and relax due in part to magnesium. If you’re deficient in it, you may experience frequent muscle cramps and spasms.
  • Anxiety: Magnesium helps to regulate the body’s stress hormone levels. If you’re deficient in magnesium, you may be more prone to anxiety, stress, and other mental health conditions.
  • Osteoporosis: Healthy bones are the key to a healthy body. Magnesium helps to promote bone health by stimulating new bone growth. A deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weak and brittle bones.
  • Heart problems: Magnesium is involved in many processes that keep the heart in a healthy state. A lack of magnesium can lead to high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, and even heart failure.

How to Increase Magnesium Intake

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Suspecting you might need to increase magnesium intake? There are a few things you can do:

  • Add magnesium-rich foods to your diet: Magnesium is found in various foods, including leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. By adding more of these foods to your diet, you can help increase your overall magnesium intake.
  • Take a magnesium supplement: If you’re not getting enough magnesium from your diet, you may want to consider taking a supplement. Magnesium supplements are available in various forms, including pills, powders, and liquids. They work by increasing the amount of magnesium in your body in addition to any supplied by the foods you eat.
  • Getting magnesium through the skin: Magnesium can also be absorbed through the skin, which is why Epsom salt baths are so popular. Run a warm bath and add two cups of Epsom salt to help increase your magnesium levels. You can also find magnesium lotions and sprays, which can be applied directly to the skin. Note: it’s important not to use too much topical magnesium as it can cause skin irritation.
  • Talk to your doctor: If you’re not sure how to increase your magnesium intake, or if you think you may be deficient in magnesium, talk to your doctor. They can order a blood test and recommend the best course of treatment. Magnesium deficiency is treatable, so don’t hesitate to get help if you think you need it.

Can a Massage Increase Magnesium?

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Yes, a massage can help your body to increase its magnesium levels. As we mentioned in the previous section, magnesium can be absorbed through the skin, so a magnesium-rich massage oil or cream can help to bolster magnesium levels.

Not only will you feel more relaxed, but you’ll also be giving your body a boost of this essential mineral, in the best way possible. So, relax, destress, and let a massage work wonders.

Of course, not all massage creams qualify for this purpose.  We will be offering this as an add-on service to any massage, incorporating one of the finest magnesium-rich massage creams available today, which is comprised of 21 naturally occurring minerals in the body that are harvested from the Dead Sea, where the mineral content is at its highest!

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for ways to improve your health, magnesium is a great place to start. It’s involved in so many vital functions in the human body and it can profoundly impact its many systems.

We hope this blog post has helped you to understand the importance and many benefits of magnesium, and how it can be advantageous to your health. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we’re always happy to help, or if you’d like to book online now you may do that here!

As always, our wish for all of you, as stated in our mantra at Aquarius, is to:

Be Calm
Be Serene
Be Restored

In Wellness,

The Aquarius Team

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