Whether you’re a gym rat, an exercise bunny, or a tiger on the field, a magic mineral is about to become your new best friend.
Quiz question: What one mineral helps keep your head and heart, muscles and nerves, bones and immune system all functioning optimally in tip-top condition? The answer is: Magnesium!
What is magnesium?
Magnesium actually belongs to the family of macro-minerals in our body, which means it’s needed by our body in large amounts to function well. Other macro-minerals include calcium and potassium – but magnesium often seems to be their less talked-about cousin.
What does magnesium do?
Magnesium is vital because it has a regulatory role. It produces energy in you, it powers your enzymes to keep you functioning, it fuels the building blocks of your body’s internal structure, it pushes for cell reproduction, it balances your electrolytes, and it protects your DNA. With so many benefits to magnesium, you must be wondering if you’re getting enough of it!
How can magnesium help you when it comes to exercise?
1. Magnesium helps relieve muscle cramps
Your magnesium levels drop quickly when you exercise, because your body is sending it to where it’s needed the most, plus given the natural loss of magnesium through sweat and urine, and your body is left with very low levels of magnesium to fight against muscle cramping and spasms. Increasing that level of magnesium in your body increases its role in neuromuscular transmission and muscle contraction, preventing cramps during and after exercise.
2. Magnesium helps build stronger muscles
Magnesium is vital when it comes to enabling your enzymes to work on muscle protein synthesis. In simple words, your body needs magnesium to repair cells and to build and rebuild your muscles. In fact, magnesium ranks top of the minerals needed when building up muscle mass.
3. Magnesium helps you recover faster
Getting enough magnesium is key to accelerating recovery processes and aiding restful sleep. After any strenuous activity, the body needs to shut down and let the healing begin. While the lights are out, magnesium secretly goes to work behind the scenes and fights inflammation, replenishes energy in your muscles, and relieves your soreness, cramping and muscle fatigue. Basically, magnesium gets your body into super relax mode so it can best repair itself.
4. Magnesium is crucial for athletes
Athletes require more magnesium in their body to keep their bodies performing at such an intense level. A shortfall of magnesium can limit their energy production and lead to fatigue, lethargy, muscle cramps, spasms, and correspondingly a longer recovery period in between activities, giving them less time and less opportunity for their bodies to reach peak performance again. On the other hand, the right amount of magnesium helps athletes enhance their athletic performance by giving them the power they need when they need it and keeping them in optimal condition.
5. Magnesium is important for our bones and heart
It might be a surprise since we’ve focused a lot on magnesium’s role for our muscles, but did you know that 50% of magnesium in our bodies can be found in our bones? Most people think that to have strong bones, the main mineral they need to have is calcium. But aha, taking calcium alone is actually useless if there isn’t magnesium to aid calcium absorption and boost calcium effectiveness. The highest concentrations of magnesium in your body can actually be found in your heart and brain, where it serves to keep every single cell functioning. So before you even embark on a fitness journey, it’s good to check that you do not have a magnesium deficiency which could prove to have critical consequences on your body.
Since magnesium powers so many things that your body requires to function well and push itself in physical activity, you should supplement your diet with more magnesium intake. Magnesium can be found in dark leafy veggies, spinach, whole oats and grains, nuts like almonds and walnuts, beans and lentils, fish, bananas, avocados, and yogurt.
But for immediate post-exercise recovery, you can count on Essential Magnesium’s Recovery range of creams and sprays which offer rapid natural pain relief from all forms of muscular aches, pains and injuries from sports or exercise. Using it together with the Pure Magnesium Bath Flakes in a bath works to speed up the recovery process and replenish your magnesium levels too! The recovery range products also include arnica montana, as well as ginger and eucalyptus, all of which pitch in to reduce pain and inflammation in your muscles and joints. Now you can go out there and give it your all, knowing you can go home to professional and natural recovery with Essential Magnesium.