We all know someone who has experienced either trouble sleeping, aching limbs, migraines or severe period cramps. Many women are ailed with restless leg syndrome during pregnancy and we all probably remember those awful growing pains in our legs during our childhood or teen years. What do all these ailments have in common? They can be caused by a deficiency in magnesium. Fortunately, there are several ways to boost your magnesium levels and relieve these difficulties without having to reach for pain medication.
So what is magnesium exactly?
Magnesium is an amazing, ancient mineral which is not found free by itself in nature and yet is one of the world’s most abundant elements. Magnesium comes naturally in various forms as a compound. (If you weren’t paying attention in your high school science class, this is when two elements are chemically bonded). These include: magnesium chloride, magnesite and it is also the central element in chlorophyll. These days magnesium is sourced from dolomite (a sedimentary rock), carnnalite (a white or reddish mineral), but mostly from sea water. ‘Every cubic kilometer of seawater contains about 1.3 billion kilograms of magnesium’ (Jefferson Lab, 2018). You can see why companies such as Amazing Oils source their magnesium from Australia’s Salt Lakes.
What can magnesium do for your body?
Magnesium has a variety of purposes, including: assisting in calcium absorption; strengthening bones and teeth; aiding in the digestion of food; transferring nerve impulses; and combining fatty proteins and acids. It is fair to say that it vital for healthy body function.
What happens if you have low magnesium levels?
The levels of magnesium in your body are very important as they allow the body to use calcium correctly in cells. Even a slight magnesium deficiency can cause calcium imbalance, calcification (when calcium builds up and hardens) and cell death. If these go untreated they can lead to more serious problems like: heart complications, muscles cramps, migraines and premenstrual cramping.
In what forms can you take magnesium in order to boost your levels?
Magnesium can enter the body in several ways: through food, supplements or topically. Magnesium chloride is the most effective method of taking magnesium as it is dissolvable in water and can be absorbed more easily and at a faster rate than through food or tablets. In other words, if you want to boost your magnesium levels quickly, you’re best bet is to have a long soak in magnesium salt flakes or by spraying magnesium oil onto your skin.
What foods are high in magnesium?
Nonetheless, it still can’t hurt to add more magnesium rich foods to your diet and fortunately there is a wide variety from which to choose. There’s the usual heroes when it comes to a healthy diet: dark leafy vegetables like kale and beet greens; and your super fruits and veg like avocados, bananas and sweet potatoes. Then there are your magnesium packed seeds, nuts, legumes and tofu; wholegrains and oatbran; fatty fish; and my personal favourite, dark chocolate. It would not be difficult to incorporate some or many of these foods into your diet to elevate your magnesium levels.
It is also important to note that while these foods aid in increasing your magnesium levels, there are also certain drinks and foods that can deplete them. It probably comes as no surprise that alcohol, caffeine, processed foods and sugar are the culprits in this case. As usual, exercising the motto ‘everything in moderation’ applies here.
Do The Organic Place stock magnesium products?
Obviously The Organic Place provides the aforementioned fruit and vegetables when they are in season but we also stock various seeds, nuts, some wholegrains, and dark chocolate. Furthermore, The Organic Place sells the following two magnesium products which are for external use. We are proud to say that these items are Australian made, owned and sourced. Click here to view our range of magnesium bath flakes and sprays.
Amazing Magnesium Bath Flakes
As mentioned above, due to Magnesium Chloride being in smaller elements and more concentrated than other types of magnesium, that means your body will easily absorb it.
Soaking in a bath with magnesium bath flakes can boost your magnesium levels, improve your skin, relax your muscles and detox your lymphatic system (the system in your body which deals with getting rid of toxins). They are also completely safe for children to use.
Amazing Magnesium Oil Spray
We recommend you keep this product on your bathroom bench or bedside table so that you can spray the oil onto yourself after a shower or before you go to sleep. The oil spray can calm you and give relief to your muscles. Many of the people who have used and reviewed this product claim that it has allowed them to cut back on pain medication and relieved migraine symptoms. One of the most interesting reviews was from a woman whose partner had died and she said that the spray helped calm her whenever her grief became too overwhelming.
It sounds like the spray would be great to have on hand for a range of symptoms and situations. A magnesium deficiency is not always our first thought when we are having pain or feeling unwell but we need to be more proactive when it comes to our bodies’ magnesium levels. You may have heard that magnesium can also help you to have a more restful sleep. I’m sure you’ll agree that it is more satisfying to use a more natural product to assist you to sleep than drugs prescribed by a doctor.
Where to now?
After taking into account all the amazing effects magnesium has on our bodies, you may want to incorporate more magnesium rich foods into your diet and less of the depleting ones. You may also want to source some topical magnesium products as well. We can all benefit from the power of magnesium, and your body will thank you for it!
Shop The Organic Place’s range of magnesium products here:
Adams, J. for Natrual Food Series (01/06/2018). 15 Impressive Benefits of Magnesium. https://www.naturalfoodseries.com/15-benefits-magnesium/
Amazing Oils (2018).The Amazing Collection. Retrieved from https://amazingoils.com.au/
Ancient Minerals (2017). What is Magnesium? How it Functions in the Body. Retrieved from https://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-benefits/what-is-function/
Jefferson Lab (2018). It’s Elemental: The Element Magnesium. Retrieved from https://education.jlab.org/itselemental/ele012.html
Spritzler, F. for Healthline (18/06/2017). 10 Magnesium-Rich Foods That Are Super Healthy. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-foods-high-in-magnesium
Wellness Mama (2018). Are you low on magnesium?. Retrieved from https://wellnessmama.com/3610/low-magnesium/