I have been supplementing with Magnesium for a number of years now having originally hearing out its importance in the fight against DNA damage by Dr Rhonda Patrick.
Magnesium is a wonder mineral; it is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heartbeat steady, and helps bones remain strong. It also helps adjust blood glucose levels as well as aiding the production of energy and protein.
Magnesium deficiency can results in depression, anxiety, muscle cramps, twitchy eye, asthma, restless leg syndrome, diabetes, insulin resistance, constipation, headaches, migraines, twitchy muscles, twitchy eyes, high BP and heart palpitations. Unfortunately a lot of medical professionals treat these syndromes/illnesses without looking at the cause.
If you’re wondering if you might be magnesium deficient, well unless you supplement with a good quality magnesium (chelated glycinate is the most bio available) then you probably are, the causes of deficiency are commonplace in our modern lifestyle.
Causes Magnesium Deficiency
Chronic stress is a major problem when it comes to magnesium deficiency. Chronic stress causes us to excrete more magnesium, this leads to us becoming more deficient which in turn leads to an increase in anxiety levels which then uses up even more magnesium. The epitome of a vicious cycle.
As magnesium is water soluble there is no risk of overdosing so even if you are unsure whether you are deficient, it is worth supplementing with as the downsides (cost) are far outweighed by the benefits. If you want to take this to another level, I can recommend visiting a practitioner and getting either a magnesium shot or magnesium IV to really ensure your body is magesiumed up to the max.
Yesterday I went to The Harpal Clinic in Blackfriars for my first IV experience and it was fantastic. I went for the double dose (because more is always better right?) and instantly felt incredibly relaxed. If I had been lying down, I probably would have fallen asleep. I decided to have the IV because I was intrigued to try it having read how good it makes you feel. I also do a lot of things to deplete my stores (exercise, alcohol, coffee) so despite supplementing daily, I thought my body would benefits from the mega dose. I was also struggling with sleep, tired achy legs and a twitchy eye so signs were there that I needed it.
The results: I slept really well, felt super chilled and my muscles are no longer tired and heavy. If you have the money, I would highly recommend giving it a go at least once. I will definitely be going back for more.
For those who don’t like to take supplements, foods high in magnesium are as follows:
Whole Grains (Quinoa, Buckwheat)
Brown Rice (when processed to become white rice it loses 90% of its magnesium!)
The source of most this information can from @drmarkhyman on his podcast The Doctor’s Farmacy https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-doctors-farmacy-with-mark-hyman-m-d/id1382804627?i=1000485493687
It’s well worth a listen if you’re interested to hear more.