We made it a heathy habit because pretty much everyone knows the feeling when you wake up in the middle of the night because your leg is cramping, and then you have a sore leg for a couple of days. This might happen because you're lacking magnesium, and your body can't produce it so you have to get it from food or supplement it.
Magnesium is a mineral and every single cell in our body demands it to function properly.
Foods high in magnesium are spinach, nuts, fish, avocado, dried fruit figs, pumpkin seeds yogurt and kefir. The quality of our food sources and crops are declining and often there is a decrease in the amount of vitamins and minerals they contain, so getting the amount we need can be difficult. Supplementing has become a way to keep magnesium levels up for the body to work properly. Very high doses of magnesium are used as medication for high blood pressure. During pregnancy it is also used to avoid early contractions and pre-term labour.
There are lots of different ways to supplement magnesium, and it’s important to find one that does the right thing for you. First of all you need to work out how much your body can take, try taking a little at a time. For some people high dosages works like laxatives - also good to know I reckon when you are constipated (magnesium sultan is the one to take in this case).
Magnesium deficiency doesn't always show as leg cramps, but could also come up as the following symptoms: depression, menstrual pains, muscle spasms, migraine, not sleeping very well, sweating a lot.
HOW DID WE DO:
Magnesium is one of things I always have at home and always take with me when I travel. I took a lot during my pregnancy and currently when I am feeling blue I will try a bit of magnesium first. I have told numerous friends about it helpful qualities for various things and there has always been amazing feedback. I feel it’s one of the simple cures no one really knows about and is easily overlooked.
Taking it before bedtime is calming and gives you a more restful sleep, also true for me.
I can only suggest to try it, there aren't really side effects, just be aware of the dosage you take as you could get the runs. A daily dose of less than 350 mg for adults is considered safe.
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