Your body relies heavily on the benefits of magnesium. It helps with a range of functions throughout your body, making it essential for your health. Chances are you are deficient in magnesium and your body is begging you to get some in your diet. Processed food has been on the rise for some time now and with the use of so many chemicals now, minerals in our soil have decreased. This equation between the two, results in human deficiences. We are not getting the appropriate vitamins and minerals in our diets to perform with gusto everyday. Don’t be like Clarke from The 100 waiting and searching for ways to supplement your body.
I’m not saying stop eating processed foods. It is very difficult to avoid with all the options out there. But I am saying if you are not homecooking meals every single day with the highest quality ingredients, ones that aren’t sprayed or have any fillers in them, you need to start supplementing. Give that wonderful body what it needs to thrive whether you are a man, woman, nonbinary, gay, transgender and be YOU, authentically YOU.
Many companies are taking a stand to help people get the clean and natural supplements they need. Magnesium is one of the most affordable and most abundant supplements you can get to help you enjoy life. This post will help with magnesium deficiency awareness and the different ways you can get magnesium into your diet.
Signs of Possible Deficiency
Magnesium deficiency can be tricky to notice because the signs look like other conditions. Doctors have a hard time seeing it as well due to the similar symptoms. The only way to know if your levels are low is taking a blood test. The tricky part about this is the doctor has to order a blood test. You can’t just go get a blood test whenever you want, which I think is unfortunate. I wish I could do a blood test at least 2 times a year so I know how to supplement my body the best. But instead I have to experiment and observe the way different supplements make me feel. It would be much easier if I could just get a blood test. But doctors have to order it for you and they only order it if they have to. That being said, when low levels are hard to detect doctors will more than likely point to other conditions instead. This results in your body not getting something it really needs and sometimes putting harmful medications in your bloodstream that you didn’t really need.
Common signs of low magnesium levels are:
- aches and pains
- mood disorders
- muscle cramps
- irregular sleep patterns
Which one are you?
There are so many hilarous GIFs on tired, you should really look them up. But seriously, if you have any of these symptoms don’t ignore them. Try getting magnesium in your system. Magnesium is cheap and there’s a lot of it to go around. Why not give it a try? If you reap the benefits and those signs above go away, awesome. If your signs do not subside, you will not have much money in it.
Different Ways to Get Magnesium
Fortunately for us all, there are many ways to get magnesium levels up. There are many different forms of magnesium that help with different functions in the body. You may have to experiment with different forms at home to see which one works for you. When you experiment, make sure to start slow and build up. DO NOT take the full dose at first. As Dave Asprey would say, you may get “disaster pants.” No one wants that. You, your family, your co-workers, whoever you are around.
Forms of Magnesium and What They Are Good For:
- Malate- energy and sore muscles
- Threonate- memory and brain
- Oxide- constipation
- Citrate- relaxation, mental, cramping
- Chloride- absorption
- Sulfate- muscles and detox
- Glycinate- sleep
Some foods high in magnesium:
- Dark chocolate… yummy!
My Magnesium Intake
I get magnesium in three different ways. A powder I mix into my water, a lotion and epsom salts. I benefit highly from each one. The very first supplement I purchased before getting into health and wellness research is Natural Vitality Calm: The Anti-Stress Drink. I have a glass of water almost every night, there are nights I forget, that have this powder in it. I drink it slowly as I’m doing my nightly routine. This powder has magnesium citrate to help decrease stress and promote sleep. Citrate is one of the easiest forms of magnesium to absorb but still start slowly. Build yourself up with time. I noticed the benefits of this powder the next morning. I slept better and felt more awake the next morning. I’ve noticed my stress decrease as well but over time. It didn’t happen instantly for me. But my mind doesn’t race anymore at night so I’m able to peacefully fall asleep. Now, the taste of this powder is something you have to get used to. I didn’t like it at first but now I don’t even notice it. If you can’t get passed the taste, try the raspberry lemon flavor which is much better and easier to drink if you have a hard time getting acclimated to taste. There are also single packets for easy travel.
I use a magnesium lotion on my legs and feet. Magnesium lotions have magnesium chloride for better absorption. Magnesium is absorbed quickly through the skin. For me, it fills the gaps of whatever I’m not getting from my food or supplement. I have a really tight IT band and have had some issues with my sciatic nerve. Because of this my right leg can get really tight, especially down the entire side. When I put this lotion on, my leg instantly feels relaxed and the dull ache I feel is gone. One thing to point out… DO NOT put this on after you shave. EVER! Based on personal experience, it’s very painful. A burning sensation. I had to get back in the shower just to wash the lotion off! Magnesium is made of salt and shaving causes your pores to open. It’s just like getting salt in a wound. Just don’t do it.
The last thing I do to get magnesium in my body is epsom salts. Epsom salts have magnesium sulfate in it which promotes relaxed muscles and detoxification. I take a nice, relaxing bath once a week with espom salts and bath oils. I use Dr. Teals Eucalyptus and Spearmint for relaxation and detoxification. Shea Moisture Bath Oils to moisturize my skin.
All three of these products last a very long time. My powder lasts about 4 months, my lotion lasts about 5 months and I’m still on my first bag of Dr. Teals and it’s been 2 months. This is being shared between 2 people as well. Magnesium is cheap, abundant and it lasts a long time.
On A Side Note, Let’s Talk About Body Love
The way you look at your body and talk about your body makes a huge difference in the way you live your day-to-day life. When you think about your body or look at yourself in the mirror are you being judgemental or harsh? Are you listening to media about what the standard of beauty is? Are you comparing yourself to others? Are you upset with the changes your body undergoes as you get older? If you answered yes to any of these questions here are some helpful exercises to help you think about your body positively.
- Think about what you love about your body, not what you would change. This helps you look at your body in a more powerful and positive way,
- Workout to feel good, not to burn calories or see a number go down on the scale.
- Practice body gratitude. Your body goes through a lot and works hard for you every day. What are your grateful for about your body?
- Stop counting calories, yes I said it, and eat real foods that nourish your body, not harm them. You’ll notice how you feel on the inside and it will show on the outside.
- Remove media that makes you feel bad. Magazines, maybe people you follow on Instagram, anything that triggers a negative response. Get rid of it and fill your social media with positive.
- Make time for yourself, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. It’s important and every minute matters.
There are a diversity of bodies out there. Black, white, men, women, nonbinary, transgender but what we all have in common is an amazing body. Embrace those extra Thanksgiving pounds. Embrace those stretch marks, mothers. You just brought life into the world, amazing! Embrace those varicose veins. Embrace your not so perfect face. Embrace the scars. Embrace the body you have and everything about it. It’s beautiful and absolutely stunning!
Stay happy and healthy everyone! And remember to always love yourself because YOU ARE WORTH IT!
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What ideas do you have to help with body love? What things are you grateful for about your body? What have you done to think more positively about your body? Comment below to help each other be more positive about our bodies! Let’s work together and feel empowered!