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The Benefits of Magnesium

March 16, 2017 by Gail Asbell

Magnesium is one of those incredibly important essential minerals that we need for proper bodily function. From good quality sleep to muscle building, magnesium supports the body in so many ways. It’s involved in over 300 different chemical reactions in the body. So where can we find magnesium? When we’re talking about our diet, the main sources we can reach for are dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, fish, lentils, whole grains, and avocados. But depending on soil and conditions, the body can struggle to get the magnesium successfully out of these foods. And that is where supplements can come in. So why would we use magnesium supplements?

Magnesium supports better sleep

 When we are deficient in magnesium, the production of the sleep hormone melatonin can be disrupted, getting in the way of the body’s natural sleep regulatory process. But sometimes lack of sleep can be due to stress and tension, but luckily enough, magnesium also helps to relieve stress and tension, helping you get better sleep.

Magnesium supports muscle growth as well as bone strength

When it comes to building stronger muscles, magnesium helps us to create more insulin-like-growth-factor, which is the main contributor to building stronger and bigger muscles. On top of that ATP (which is pure energy in the body) is created using magnesium as a helping hand. When we talk about bone strength, magnesium helps to increase calcium take up in the body while also reducing the effect of a hormone called parathyroid, which actually breaks down bone.

 Magnesium supports muscle relaxation and lengthening

Magnesium helps to loosen up tight muscles. It can help to avoid cramping and prolonged tension. When there is a deficiency, there can be a build up of lactic acid. This can ultimately result in pain, tightness, and cramping.

 Magnesium helps to keep things regular

As we’ve just mentioned, Magnesium can help to relieve tension, and this can include in the bowls and digestive system. So it can be a very helpful supplement for those who are experiencing constipation. 

Magnesium alkalizes and hydrates the body

Magnesium is a crucial mineral in helping regulate the body’s pH balance. Without magnesium the body tends to create more lactic acid, as we’ve mentioned in relation to tight muscles. On top of this, it’s also a necessary electrolyte needed for the body to stay properly hydrated.

We’ve excited to report that we are now stocking MG Life Magnesium Oil to help you with all your sleep, muscle, and hydration needs. This Australian owned and made brand is certified organic and a favourite with Upstate Yoga teachers.

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