Written by Cloé Vaz-Wiggins
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If you had to name three top supplements that you either swear by or have heard of, I wonder if magnesium would be included? It wasn’t for me nor for the majority of my friends, or most people I spoke to ahead of writing this piece. Even though I’m included in that group, I’m quickly coming out of it. After doing some digging, it’s clear that magnesium is kind of a not-so-secret addition that can be super useful and necessary to anyone that experiences stress, wants to sleep better, wants to care of their digestive system and gut health amongst many others.
After diving into a research rabbit hole and I mean, I consider myself quite wellness obsessed and if I’m being real, the more I read up on magnesium, the more I understood how much knowledge I was lacking. I realised how beneficial it could be for my lifestyle if I included it and sticked with it consistently. Some of the most interesting facts that caught my attention:
– Most of us are magnesium deficient.
– There are different types of magnesium, 11 to be exact.
– Magnesium can help improve your sleep.
I prompt you to do some research for yourself and see if anything about magnesium and its benefits resonates and clicks for you. Is there anything that you know could benefit you and your lifestyle?
When I say there are different types of magnesium, I mean it, there are 11 different types but for the sake of this discussion, I’ll be talking specifically about magnesium glycinate which, studies show, it’s the most absorbable forms of magnesium. As always, consult your doctor or your physician when determining what supplementation is right for you. The information I’m sharing is a simplistic overview of a much deeper topic, I hope you’re inspired to fall down that rabbit hole.
So, magnesium glycinate is highly bioavailable meaning it’s highly absorbed by our bodies, and you can easily find supplements that use this specific type. Studies have shown its many benefits include: anxiety relief, promotes bone health, may help with insomnia, may reduce PMS symptoms, may support memory, may promote healthy blood pressure amongst others.
Why is it important that you consider magnesium as either a staple on your supplementation routine or an addition to it?
Magnesium is an essential mineral in the human body, more specifically every cell in your body contains this mineral and needs it to function. Even though you can ingest magnesium through an array of foods, from nuts, dark chocolate, leafy greens, seeds, beans just to name a few, many of us don’t get the sufficient amount through our diets. And maybe that’s because we’re not eating enough foods high in magnesium, or maybe, it’s because we’re eating too many processed and nutrient poor foods, either way, paying attention to where you stand and taking this article as a sign to do some leisure research, might be what you need to do to find the underdog that substantially improves your wellbeing.
There are also many options and different ways you can supplement, maybe you want to take magnesium in pill form, or in powder form, so you can enjoy it as a drink and create a ritual around it. There are also creams, oils and my absolute favourite – Epsom salt baths.
The conclusion is this, if your body has it, needs it and loses it, you should consider replenishing it. So maybe, look into it.