Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body, playing a vital role in hundreds of physiological processes. Our bodies rely on this mineral to maintain blood pressure, recovery, sports performance, energy levels, and much more. Trouble is, many of us are deficient when it comes to magnesium. Thankfully, your body will show you in a number of ways if you’re not getting enough magnesium.
The beauty about this mineral, is that it is also abundant in nature and easily added into your daily routine without too much effort.
Here are our 5 simple ways to add magnesium into your routine.
THROUGH THE FOOD WE EAT
First and foremost, magnesium is available through many of the foods we eat, so why not focus on optimizing your diet first. Don’t overthink it, just keep on adding a variety of leafy greens and vegetables, plus nuts and seeds. Cacao powder is also another one of our favorite magnesium rich ingredients, perfect in our Magnesium Boosting Smoothie.
A TOP QUALITY SUPPLEMENT
Topping up your magnesium levels daily can help manage stress throughout the day. Try magnesium glycinate or magnesium citrate, they’re two of the most readily absorbed supplements. Read more in our Supplement Buying Guide to learn more about choosing the best supplement for you.
A NIGHTTIME BATH
Boosting your magnesium doesn't just have to come from the food you eat or supplements you take. One of my favorite ways to top it up is to have a nighttime bath. From helping me calm my whole nervous system after a big day, to preparing me for bed, a bath with added Epsom salts is easy, cost-effective, and good for the soul as well as the body!
TOPICAL MAGNESIUM OIL
Sleep better, relieve muscle tension, say goodbye to pain! Using magnesium oil topically can be super effective in managing your worries. You can learn to make your own or find a quality magnesium oil to use topically. We love applying it to our feet before bed, too!
STOP WASTING THE MAGNESIUM YOU HAVE
OK, so this last point isn’t about adding it in, it’s about mindfully taking steps to stop wasting the magnesium your body already has. Reduce gluten, refined sugar, overcooking vegetables, table salt, tap water, and caffeine. All of these things work against our body's ability to absorb and use magnesium effectively.
Magnesium can be used to treat a number of conditions such as depression, chronic fatigue, stress, and sleep. You can learn more about this in the Food Matters Wellness Guides.