By Jenn Bruer

The benefits of magnesium are huge: magnesium increases the bioavailability of calcium, regulates blood pressure, prevents kidney stones, lowers cholesterol, improves sleep quality, reduces muscle stiffness, increases circulation, prevents constipation, aids in protein digestion, prevents osteoporosis, increased vitamin D absorption, improves ADHD symptoms, aids in the digestion of carbohydrates, prevents migraines, decreases insulin resistance, and prevents congestive heart failure. We rely on magnesium to perform over 300 biochemical reactions in our body.

I can’t stress enough- this stuff is important!

Health Canada reports that between 40 to 60% of Canadians do not get adequate magnesium.

Now that you know how vital magnesium is, you should know that many of us are deficient in magnesium and if not deficient then most of us certainly don’t have optimal levels. There are many factors that lead us to having insufficient magnesium: consumption of prescription drugs, caffeine, sugar, and alcohol. It is also suggested that our soils are depleted of magnesium due to poor farming practices. Another big considerations is gut damage. Many of us have very damaged guts (especially those with IBS symptoms), even if we ingest adequate levels of magnesium it doesn’t necessarily get absorbed. That’s why it’s a good idea to soak frequently in epsom salt. Epsom Salt is magnesium sulfate which is easily absorbed through the skin (transdermal absorption) for those suspecting gut absorption issues. There are also magnesium gels and oils that can be purchased, beware though as these can make you itchy. Some suggest that the itch goes away once magnesium levels in the body go up.

I, personally, take 400mg of magnesium daily (I use “Naturally Calm” powder that is added to water). I also take an epsom salt bath several times a week.

I would add that magnesium can have blood pressure lowering effects so it’s best to avoid larger doses of supplemental magnesium if you experience low blood pressure.

Don’t forget children can benefit from magnesium too. There are many magnesium supplements on the market geared specifically for children too.

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