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How to Increase Your Magnesium Levels Naturally

Our bodies need magnesium for all sorts of things like muscle and nerve function, regulating blood sugar levels and blood pressure, as well as making DNA, bones and protein. Studies by the US Department of Agriculture showed that nearly half of Americans weren’t getting enough magnesium in their diets, and for teenagers aged 14 to 18, 2/3rds of them aren't getting enough. As Australians have increasingly similar lifestyles and diets, there's no reason to assume that we're any different!

How do you know if you're not getting enough magnesium?

I wrote a post on this last year, and you'll find lots more info in that article about magnesium deficiency. You might need more magnesium if:
  • you're not eating a well balanced diet
  • you drink lots of caffeinated drinks or soft drinks
  • you're elderly (magnesium absorption descreases as you get older)
  • you're alcholic
  • you have a medical condition or are taking medication that inhibits magnesium absorption
eating a balanced diet to increase magnesium

What happens when you increase magnesium intake?

Studies have shown that increasing magnesium levels may help with:

  • muscle fatigue
  • fibromyalgia
  • muscle cramps
  • sugar cravings
  • stress management
  • sleeplessness
  • cramps associated with pregnancy
  • post workout recovery
  • migraines
  • pain associated with some surgical procedures

How to increase magnesium naturally

So where do you get magnesium? You can get magnesium from foods like legumes (beans, lentils and peas), leafy greens, nuts, seeds, whole grains and fish. However, thanks to soil depletion, your veggies don't contain as many vitamins and minerals as they used to. So even if you're eating a well balanced diet, you still may not be getting enough magnesium.

Research shows that your body absorbs magnesium more easily through the skin than it does if you take it orally. So applying to your skin daily makes perfect sense. You can use an oil like Amazing Oils. Just spray on after a shower or a workout, or even across the back of our neck or your temples if you can feel a headache coming on. I love to soak in a bath with some magnesium flakes like these ones from Ancient Minerals. You can also try soaking your feet in a magnesium bath for a DIY pedicure that's good for you! 

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