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Did you know that only about 10% of North Americans receive an acceptable amount of magnesium per day…?
Magnesium and its Importance
Magnesium is an abundant mineral within our bodies. It truly has many benefits like boosting energy, increasing bone strength, helping metabolize vitamin D, and alleviating signs of depression. Required for energy production, magnesium can be found naturally in an abundance of foods such as green leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts, meat, and more!
In short, magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions within the body. It helps to maintain nerve and muscle function, while also supporting a healthy immune system. Not to mention, magnesium aids in keeping your heartbeat steady. I don’t know about you, but I sure would like all of those actions to perform properly…
Without a proper amount of magnesium, our overall health can be put at great risk and undergo serious imbalance.
As we shared above, there’s only a small fraction of us who actually consume the proper amount of magnesium in the matter of a day. The numbers vary on who you are, but as a basic guideline, it is suggested that women should have an intake of at least 320 milligrams of magnesium per day. In fact, to ensure we are all receiving an adequate amount, government guidelines suggest consuming anywhere from 400-500 milligrams daily.
So, what happens when we don’t consume enough magnesium…?
Well, we become magnesium deficient. In simple terms, this basically means we are more at risk for things like osteoporosis- a disorder characterized by weak bones and an increased risk of bone fractures. On top of that, those with a magnesium deficiency can also suffer from fatigue and muscle weakness, twitches and cramps, high blood pressure, and mental health conditions. Needless to say… It’s not fun!
So, where do we go from here…?
First let’s start with where we don’t go from here… Plastic water bottles are not the answer! It may seem like an obvious solution- if we can’t drink from the tap, why not just buy cases of water at the grocery store, right? Wrong.
Not only is this option bad for the environment, but it’s also harmful towards you! Plastic releases bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that mimics estrogen and is equally dangerous as consuming unfiltered tap water.
Glass bottles are a safe option, but we know they’re an expensive choice.
Magnesium and Hormonal Imbalance
Believe it or not, magnesium plays a very important role when it comes to hormonal imbalance. In fact, magnesium is critical when dealing with PMS, PCOS, anxiety, thyroid disorder, peri-menopause symptoms, and any other issue relating to your hormone cycle.
To start, it prevents the production of excess cortisol (a stress hormone). Having too much cortisol can lead to problems such as anxiety. On top of fighting those extra stressors, magnesium assists in controlling insulin levels. This is super important because it keeps away things like blood sugar spikes and sugar cravings. Magnesium also serves as a regulator for the body- aiding in management of thyroid hormones, therefore preventing diseases.
Two other major areas where magnesium assists in hormonal imbalance is within sleep and hormone production. Do you ever find yourself having restless nights where you’re just always running to the bathroom? No matter how much water you drink, it seems to keep you up? Well, by consuming the proper amount of magnesium, it has been proven to aid your sleep while stopping chronic urination, which could otherwise wake you up. In addition, magnesium plays a key role in the creation of progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone while are essential during peri-menopause.
Magnesium and Where to Find it
So, we’ve determined almost all of us are most likely magnesium deficient… What are we going to do about it? Where can we find magnesium?
For starters, food is filled with magnesium. Look to consume more foods such as pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, nuts, beans, rice, and even dark chocolate! All will give you a great boost.
If you’re looking for more of an immediate boost, check out our Glow Botanica Magnesium Body Lotion. Simply, apply it to your body once daily to relieve stress and balance your mood.
It’s made with Zechstein Magnesium Chloride, which is the purest natural magnesium source that exists.
Plus, it contains Collagen to promote your skin elasticity and youth, and Evening Primrose Oil, a super potent anti-inflammatory antioxidant.
All Glow Botanica products are neuropathic and drug-free. Our innovative transdermal solutions are created to relieve hormonal imbalance symptoms, from Premenstrual syndrome to Menopause.
So, take a big breath, get some of that magnesium in your system, and forget about stress for a while!
References: Diet and nutrition – Sharecare, Magnesium in diet: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia, 7 Signs and Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency (healthline.com)