Let’s be honest: There’s an unending stream of information out there today when it comes to vitamins and supplements – and it can be completely overwhelming AT BEST. There are so many takes on essential nutrients, like magnesium, vitamin C, zinc… you name it!
Then trying to figure out which information is credible and supported by science adds another layer of confusion when all we really want is to just FEEL better!
It is always my mission to move the needle for you toward health as fast and easily as possible, especially if, like me, you have probably tried it all (and have the sky-high stack of medical bills – and few answers – to prove it).
There may not be a fast track to whole-body wellness, especially if you’ve lived with chronic illness for a long time. But there are certain tools that can get you to your destination faster (or at least make your health journey easier), and I want to share one of those with you today.
Let me shout this from the rooftops: I have a love affair with magnesium.
Everything about it – what it does for our bodies, its effects on energy, sleep, brain function, digestion, blood sugar, mood, and more – is worth raving about. There are a HUGE number of studies showing its countless proven benefits and my personal experience alone is a testament to how reciprocating our minds and bodies can be when we show them the love and nourishment it deserves.
Let’s talk about magnesium. What is it, why is it important, and how could it be the missing piece of the whole-body-health puzzle?
What’s the Big Deal About Magnesium?
Magnesium is responsible for hundreds of biological processes in the body including regulating blood sugar levels, blood pressure, maintaining muscle and nerve function, and making bone, protein, and DNA. Quite the busy bee magnesium can be!
The ugly truth, though, is about 60% of people don’t consume enough magnesium through nutrition alone. Poor dietary choices, heavy alcohol consumption, and certain diseases can cause magnesium deficiency or prevent optimal absorption of this super mineral in the body. And because the soil is depleted where many crops are grown, even eating healthy can leave you magnesium deficient.
Here are some signs that you may be magnesium deficient:
- Muscle cramps or spasms
- Lacking energy (even to the point of chronic fatigue)
- High blood pressure/hypertension
5 Common Problems Magnesium Can Resolve
#1 – Sleep
You can eat a strictly whole-food diet and exercise rigorously, but if your sleep is suffering, so is your health. Magnesium is mission-critical for your rest and relaxation. It increases GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain that decreases nervous system activity, producing a calming effect. In other words, magnesium sends a message through your body that you can relax. A 2022 study also shows that magnesium increases slow-wave sleep – the deep sleep stage that is essential for memory consolidation and muscle repair.
#2 – Anxiety
Just like magnesium increases GABA which calms the nervous system, it blocks other more stimulating neurotransmitters to keep anxiety at bay in tense situations. The same study that showed magnesium promotes deeper sleep also found that it may regulate our HPA axis, quelling the fight-or-flight stress response that tends to be exacerbated in anxious people. Another study even found that magnesium can prevent panic attacks.
#3 – Energy
I wasn’t kidding when I said magnesium does it all. Among all of its other incredible functions, magnesium is the motherlode for energy production. Because magnesium plays a pivotal role in converting the glucose in food into energy, getting enough magnesium can keep energy levels in tip-top shape and prevent that awful 2 pm slump (like, during that important meeting you’re presenting in or when you’re hustling to beat a deadline).
#4 – Blood Sugar
Given how much our cells rely on magnesium, it’s no surprise our metabolic functions need this mineral to keep blood sugar in check, too. Recent research shows magnesium’s role in the management of blood sugar could help individuals with prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, or those of us just looking to keep our blood sugar stable throughout the day.
#5 – Hormone Regulation
As if magnesium could get any better, it is also one of the most essential minerals for balancing hormones. From preventing estrogen dominance, one of the most common hormone imbalance issues women face today to facilitating Vitamin D transport and activation in the body, the medical marvel that is magnesium truly does it all.
By normalizing progesterone within the central nervous system, magnesium can relieve common reproductive issues like PMDD, migraines, and perimenopause.
How to Get Enough Magnesium for Optimal Health
One of the best ways to ensure healthy magnesium levels is to consume them by eating whole foods. The good news is that magnesium-rich foods are also hormone-loving foods! Here are my go-to’s when I need to boost my energy levels, ditch the brain fog, and fall asleep faster:
- Fiber-rich foods, including green leafy veggies, pumpkin seeds, black beans, almonds, avocados, broccoli, bananas, brazil nuts, and cashews
- Fish high in Omega 3s like salmon and tuna
- Lean protein from grass-fed beef and chicken
- Magnesium-rich fruits like avocado, bananas, raisins, passion fruit, and cantaloupe
Replenish Your Magnesium Levels Effortlessly
Due to diminishing soil quality over the last few decades, the sad truth is diet alone often will not provide the magnesium levels required for optimal health. Further, magnesium levels naturally dip as we age due to reduced intestinal absorption, reduced bone storage, and excess urinary loss.
To put the stark magnesium deficit into perspective, over 100 million adults are failing to achieve their daily nutritional requirement for magnesium. Supplementing with magnesium is the best way to ensure you are getting your daily fix of this vital mineral.
Magnesium Restore is your one-stop-shop for replenishing and maintaining your magnesium levels. Experience noticeable improvements in days with this supplement that works quickly and gently – one reason it is my best-selling product with over 80 five-star reviews.
Want to take your sleep to next level?
Take those zzz’s up a notch with my Sleep Bundle which contains Magnesium Restore and Zen Sleep. This heavy-hitting blend of magnesium, melatonin, L-theanine, gamma-aminobutyric acid, Valerian, Passion Flower, Chamomile, and more is an answered prayer for those struggling to achieve consistently healthy sleep patterns and first-rate hormone health.
Adding a supplement to your daily routine may not feel like a remarkable step toward revolutionizing your health. But I assure you, small steps done consistently – adding a supplement, journaling before bedtime, practicing self-care, eating nourishing food, taking after-dinner walks, and so many other small steps that pack a big punch – trump short-term intensity that is often quickly fleeting.
Slow and steady wins the race – and I’m here to cheer you on every step of the way.
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