by Annie Cameron

What is magnesium?

Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral that is necessary in our diet for our bodies to function properly. Unfortunately it is one nutrient that tends to be in short supply in the average high sugar, over processed diet. But never fear! With all the yummy, wholesome foods that are full of magnesium making up for short supplies is easy (and not to mention totally delicious!).

Why do I need it?

It’s a key nutrient in any diet and plays a major role in the way our bodies generate energy. This one little mineral is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions. Most importantly it maintains healthy muscles and nerve function, keeps the heart beat steady, supports a healthy immune system and keeps bones nice and strong – which all work in conjunction with your treatment here.

How do I know if I need it?

Well first of all, if your practitioner prescribes it to you! Some common symptoms you can look for on your own include:

  • Cramps and muscle contractions
  • Muscle tightness
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Fatigue and weakness

Why might my therapist want me to have it?

Your body’s ability to uptake, and then maintain this level of magnesium is crucial to helping the therapist provide a more effective treatment. If you have a healthy level of magnesium, it not only helps you, but also assists the therapist to get deep into the muscles to target any problems you have, instead of spending the session trying to actually reach the problem through knotted muscles. But on top of this, there are a few other reasons why you might need to uptake your intake:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Cramps
  • Growing pains
  • Menstrual cramps and PMS
  • Constipation
  • Muscle spasms

How To Get More Magnesium

For a good run down of some of the best magnesium sources, check out the Ancient Minerals article. Basically you want to go for more good leafy greens, nuts, seeds and seafood. Also try regular epsom salt baths, as the body absorbs magnesium from the salts.

With magnesium deficiency so prevalent today, supplementation is sometimes required. When using a supplement, powder is more easily absorbed than tablets, and can have a nice calming effect when taken at night. Keep in mind also, that not all supplements are created equally – most over-the-counter options are not as nearly effective as what you get through a health practitioner.

At Skeletal Harmonics we’ve found Orthoplex MagOpticell magnesium powder to be the most effective option for our clients.

Whether you stock up on more magnesium rich foods, start having more epsom salt baths or taking a supplement, make sure you’re getting enough of this important nutrient.