Magnesium is a nutrient found in dark leafy greens, avocados, salmons, nuts, brown rice, broccoli, yoghurt, tofu, oatmeal and spinach.
It is also a nutrient that is not only seriously important to your daily health it is one that the majority of people in western society do not get enough of!
When foods are processed much of the original magnesium is lost and consequently low levels of magnesium in the diet can open the susceptibility of the body to heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney stones, insomnia, PMS and muscle cramps.
Magnesium is found in the cells of the body and plays a major role in big body functions such as energy metabolism, protein formation, cellular replication and nervous impulses. This include the maintenance and regulation of heart impulses.
A lack of dietary magnesium can cause symptoms such as mental confusion and headaches, irritability, weakness, muscle cramps, a loss in appetite, insomnia and problems with nerve conduction.
Another issue with getting the right amount of magnesium; which is 6 milligrams per pound of body weight, is that there are factors which also strip out magnesium or reduce the bodies ability to absorb it. Too high an intake of calcium for example, alcohol, medications such as diuretics and even oral contraceptive use can affect magnesium absorption.
A diet rich in wholes foods and low on processed products, high in green veggies, nuts and seeds along with healthy fish will help ensure adequate levels of magnesium.
For direct application to cramping or aching muscles use Epsom salts in a bath soak or foot soak. Not only will your body absorb the magnesium these salts will help to detoxify the body of other chemicals that might also contribute to the aches and pains.
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