Is A Magnesium Deficiency Keeping You Awake?
Magnesium is vital for sleep. In fact, this ‘sleep mineral’ is needed for over 300 biochemical processes in the body, so when we don’t have enough of it, we can develop a myriad of symptoms, including insomnia. So could you be magnesium deficient? It has been estimated that ¾ of the population are so how can you tell?
Symptoms Of Magnesium Deficiency
- Poor Memory/Concentration/Brain Fog
- Behavioural Disturbances
- High Blood Pressure
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Chronic Back Pain
- Muscles Cramps
I know, they sound familiar. And that is not an exhaustive list!
Why Are We So Magnesium Deficient?
Magnesium deficiency is very common for several reasons:
- Decreased nutrient intake due to lack of fruits, vegetables and refined diets based largely on cereals (breakfast cereals, breads, pastas)
- Modern intensive farming methods have depleted the soil so badly of magnesium that it is very difficult for your body to get enough through diet alone.
- It’s more difficult for women to retain magnesium than men because oestrogen dominance (which is more common in women) causes loss of magnesium.
- Hypothyroidism, which is also more common in women than men also causes the body to lose magnesium excessively.
- Commonly prescribed pharmaceutical medications such as antacids, acid blockers, HRT, steroids also increase magnesium deficiency.
If you want to learn more about how this astounding mineral could help you, read this fascinating book, The Magnesium Miracle by Dr Carolyn Dean.
Best Food Sources Of Magnesium
- Cooked green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, spring greens, chard. Add a knob of butter to improve mineral absorption
- Green peas
- Brown rice (soaked from the morning then rinsed before cooking)
- Lentils (soaked from the morning then rinsed before cooking)
- Cooked oats (soaked from the night before, before cooking)
- Dark chocolate
Eating enough salt (which may be more than you think) helps you to retain magnesium.
Not all magnesium supplements are well absorbed and some cause digestive issues. We are in the process of setting up our online shop where we only recommend the best products based upon purity and effectiveness.
This is our favourite magnesium supplement. ReMag is a pico-iconic (meaning very small particle size which is better for absorption) liquid magnesium. It is highly absorbable and we receive amazing reports on the difference this makes to sleep and to day time well-being too.
Magnesium is also very well absorbed across the skin – cue Epsom Salt baths
Do not underestimate the power of Epsom Salt baths. They can be very effective for getting a restful and restorative sleep. Bathing in Epsom Salts is relaxing, pain relieving and detoxifying all at one time. Magnesium sulphate crosses the skin barrier extremely well and the sulphate encourages detoxification at the same time.
We really recommend this as being a staple of your routine. Why? Because, to help you back on your path to strength and restoration, it is so good for to take the time out to be well! You can add a couple of drops of relaxing essential oils to increase the benefits of your bath and luxuriousness of your bath
Our top tip – add a handful of bicarbonate of soda to your bath too. It will further asist the magnesium absorption.
Want to know more about how magnesium deficiency is related to poor mental health? Read our blog on the Depression/Anxiety/Insomnia triangle.
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