Did you know that magnesium is one of the most essential minerals that the body needs to perform optimally everyday?

Not only does magnesium regulate heart rhythm and improve sleep, it makes blood vessels more elastic and pliable while helping with brain function.

What most people don’t realize is that magnesium is also crucial for our muscular systems to perform optimally. One reason we become deficient in this mineral is because we tend to eat foods that aren’t grown in magnesium rich soil and consume only foods that are processed.

Before the rise of processed foods in the 1950’s and 1960’s, most people had access to whole foods because they grew it themselves. However, with the advancement of technology, our meals have become more processed and have lost their enrichment in the vital minerals our bodies need.

We also lose a lot of magnesium when we sweat, which is another reason to replenish magnesium during the summer. Athletes especially need to supplement with it to help retain muscular tonicity since it’s an unsung hero when it comes to muscle cramping because of its relationship with both sodium and potassium. As a chiropractor, I am frequently recommending it when I see severe muscular spasms in my patients.

People with chronic headaches also tend to be deficient and can benefit from taking magnesium as it helps with relaxing the blood vessels in the skull and the rest of the body. Likewise, magnesium helps with cardiovascular function and regulating the heart rate. In fact, most people who experience cardiovascular incidences (heart attack, congestive heart failure, etc) show a deficiency in magnesium.

As a general rule, I always recommend starting with a dose of around 500 mg of magnesium at night. In some cases, magnesium can cause an upset stomach and loose stools, which is why I recommend taking it in the evening. Magnesium can also have a relaxing effect and help improve sleep patterns.

In addition to taking a magnesium supplement, you should try eating magnesium rich foods like nuts and seeds to improve your health. Keeping your magnesium levels in the normal range can only do wonders for your body and help you perform optimally.