Did you know that Magnesium deficiency is quite common? In fact, it’s rare to find someone that isn’t deficient. It can be very difficult to get enough magnesium through diet alone, which can be a problem since magnesium is required for over 300 enzymes to function properly in our body. It’s recommended that you get between 300-400 mg daily to meet the requirement your body needs.
Are you deficient? Unfortunately, testing isn’t really reliable when it comes to magnesium but here are some of the symptoms to look for.
- Muscle Cramps
- Menstrual Cramps
Since magnesium is involved in so many cellular processes it’s believed to be especially helpful for skin health. Getting proper amounts of magnesium can help relieve stress and stress plays a big role in acne breakouts. Magnesium also has a direct affect on skin inflammation. Magnesium helps to reduce the local inflammation caused by E-selectin and prevent the formation of of acne lesions. (1)
How To Increase Your Magnesium Levels
There are several ways to increase your magnesium.
Magnesium Sulfate (epsom salts) is a dissolvable form of magnesium. You can raise your magnesium levels by soaking in a epsom salt bath a few times a week. The magnesium is readily absorbed through your skin. This is a great thing to do before going to bed. The warm bath and the magnesium will reduce your stress and also help any achy muscles you might have. (2)
Magnesium Oil or Transdermal Magnesium is topical magnesium that you apply to your skin. It is very convenient and effective.
Magnesium Supplements: There are a wide range of magnesium supplements on the market, but did you know that most are poorly absorbed. Supplements may not be the best option if you are trying to raise your levels. Magnesium is more easily absorbed into the skin by using oil or baths.
Through Your Diet: Green vegetables, nuts, beans, and seafood are high in magnesium. It would be great if we could all just include more of these foods in out diet and not have to worry about our magnesium but unfortunately that is not always the case. Many of our crops have lower amounts of magnesium in them due to industrial farming practices. High stress lowers our body’s ability to utilize magnesium. Some of the foods we eat, like sodas, can inhibit the uptake of magnesium. So, as you can see, it can be tricky to rely on food alone to get the amount of magnesium our bodies need to function properly. (3)