Magnesium is fondly known in the natural medicine industry as ‘Nature’s Valium’.
This is because this miracle mineral helps the nervous system and muscles relax, so is the go-to mineral when stress or anxiety pops up.
If you’re prone to anxiety, fatigue, depression, muscle cramps or tension headaches, it’s likely you’re in need of more magnesium.
Magnesium is also involved in over 300 actions in the body, like promoting energy production, helping to use glucose effectively and supporting immune system function.
It’s also critical to heart health, reducing hypertension, aiding sleep, detoxification, brain function, memory, mood and is anti-ageing… so getting enough magnesium is key to keeping your body running smoothly!
Food sources are:
- Green leafy vegetables (or any green vegetables)
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts)
- Legumes and beans
- Seeds (sesame, hemp, pumpkin, flax)
- Whole Grains like oats, buckwheat, quinoa and wild rice
- Cacao (raw cacao is the best source – add to smoothies or make your own chocolate!)
- Garlic and ginger
Unfortunately our soils are becoming increasingly low in this mineral, which means our foods have less Magnesium content in them than they used to.
I often suggest clients top up their magnesium levels through applying magnesium chloride gel to their skin after showering each morning.
You can absorb much higher levels of magnesium through the skin than through oral supplementation.
The brands I use for Magnesium Gel are Natural Calm or Ancient Minerals.
If you’re in the UK, you can purchase these at www.naturaldispensary.co.uk and take advantage of my 10% OFF discount using code: MEL010
After showering, simply apply the gel to most of your body, allow to dry (a minute or so) and you’re ready to go!
(Note: there may be a slightly tingling to begin with which goes away with regular use. If you have sensitive skin you might want to do a patch test first).
You can also squirt some of the gel into a bath or foot bath to wind down each evening or help with muscle cramps.
Here’s to feeling more calm, energised and focused 🙂
Melissa is a naturopathic nutritionist and coach who helps exhausted women get their energy back. She consults with people worldwide via the web from her home in Melbourne, Australia.