Trapped in a tension cycle? The answer might be Magnesium supplements…
You’re not alone if your everyday life sometimes gets overwhelming. Work, family commitments, paying bills, even things you enjoy can mean you’re always on the go. It’s not unusual to end up feeling as though you just can’t catch up with the demands of your life.
On top of this, your stress can start to show up physically. Muscle tension, aches and twitches are common, as are stomach disturbances and sleeping difficulties. Then, if you’re not sleeping well, the little things become even more frustrating, which increases your stress levels. Before long, you can find yourself trapped in a vicious cycle.
One of the best natural supplements to help you interrupt the vicious “tension cycle” is Magnesium. And if your diet’s low in this vital mineral, you may well have difficulties relaxing – both physically and mentally.
Other essential Magnesium roles
Although Magnesium plays a vital role in helping your body and mind to relax, that isn’t its only function. It also acts as a vital catalyst in many of your body’s enzyme reactions, and is involved in over 300 metabolic processes. Amongst Magnesium’s other key roles are:
- Producing cellular energy
- Conducting nerve impulses
- Maintaining healthy muscle function (including heart function)
- Supporting strong, healthy bones
- Keeping blood pressure levels normal
How can you tell if you’re low in Magnesium?
Your body gets Magnesium from dark green leafy vegetables, grains, nuts (especially almonds and brazil nuts), seeds, legumes and cocoa. So if you don’t eat a lot of these foods, your Magnesium intake might be lower than it should be.
Some of the common signs that health professionals look for in assessing your likely Magnesium levels include:
- Muscle aches, tremors, twitching or tiredness
- Stress levels, irritability and mood swings
- Feeling easily startled or worried
- Sleep disturbances and difficulties
- PMS and period pain
How much Magnesium do you really need?
The Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) for Magnesium depends on your gender, age, and whether you’re pregnant. If you’re just looking to maintain your general health, Ministry of Health Guidelines recommend the following daily intakes:
- Men: 400mg for ages 19-30, and 420mg for ages 31+
- Women: 310mg for ages 19-30, and 320mg for ages 31+
- Pregnant women: 350mg for ages 19-30, and 360mg for ages 31+
Thinking of taking Magnesium supplements to help break the tension cycle? Here’s what to look for…
If you don’t eat many Magnesium-rich foods, a supplement might help to keep your tension under control. Magensium supplements won’t replace a healthy diet, but they can be a convenient way to top up your nutrient levels.
When you’re choosing a Magnesium supplement, look for an easy-to-take, one-a-day product. Capsules are ideal, because they’re often easier to swallow than large tablets. Also look at the total elemental Magnesium content (i.e. the amount of actual Magnesium) in the supplement. Some manufacturers list the amount of Magnesium compound, e.g. Magnesium phosphate or Magnesium aspartate, rather than the elemental content. Aim for something that gives you at least 300mg of elemental Magnesium per dose.
And of course, if you have any questions, or your tension levels remain unchanged, speak to a naturopath or other health professional.
By Ingrid Pilz, ND, Dip Med Herb
Nutra-Life Magnesium Complete provides 300mg of elemental magnesium per capsule and is available for secure order from our online shop.
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