There’s a supplement you can take that will help you chill out, sleep better, and poop often. It’s called Magnesium and if you’re living a busy life in 2016, you need it more than ever.
Magnesium is involved in over 600 enzymatic reactions in the body including energy metabolism and protein synthesis. Half of us are deficient in it. That’s why at Parsley, we test your micronutrient levels.
Stress depletes magnesium stores, as does excess alcohol consumption, eating processed foods, taking antibiotics and taking certain drugs like high blood pressure meds and diuretics.
Here are the top 5 benefits of magnesium supplementation that we most commonly see a need for at Parsley:
1. Reduces insomnia.
Can’t sleep? Magnesium Glycinate pills or a hot epsom salt (Magnesium Sulphate) bath can un-tense your muscles and help to relax your whole body, promoting a sense of sleepiness for a good night’s rest.
2. Helps alleviate constipation.
If you’re feeling stopped up, Magnesium Citrate can get things moving again. It helps relax the muscles of the digestive tract and neutralize stomach acid allowing your poop to pass on. Take it at night for a healthy bowel movement first thing in the morning.
3. Prevents migraines.
Magnesium plays a role in neurotransmitter function and blood circulation, regulating the blood vessel constriction that often leads to migraines. (Here’s a previous post on how to avoid migraines)
4. Calms your nerves.
Dr. Berzin calls it “nature’s anti-anxiety drug”. Stress can be a cause of Magnesium deficiency and low magnesium levels can magnify the stress response. So we need more Mg in times of stress. Which is why Robin floated naked in a pool of it last weekend.
5. Relieves muscle pain and cramping (hi PMS)
Not having enough magnesium available to our muscles can cause muscle spasms that often lead to pain, cramping or twitching. Taking a supplement can help muscles (including those lining the uterus) to contract and relax normally.
Dietary sources? sea vegetables such as kelp and dulse, almonds, cashews, walnuts, shrimp, avocado, beans and garlic.
Unfortunately, magnesium is not routinely checked by most conventional doctors. At Parsley we check your levels and then personalize your plan accordingly.
It’s medicine the way the should be!
Schedule a time to chat with someone from the team!
We’d love to tell you more about Functional Medicine and our purpose with Parsley Health.
- Supplementation of Mg appears to improve subjective measures of insomnia: Pubmed
- Mg deficiency may be present in up to half of migraine patients – Pubmed
- Mg for constipation – Pubmed
- Magnesium in Man: implications for health and disease – Pubmed