Why is "Magnesium" so Important to the Body?
The past 2 days I've spoke about what happens to the body when we overwork our muscles and we don't get enough sleep.
So today I thought we'd talk about the common denominator between the two.
And that would be "Magnesium"!
Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, support a healthy immune system, keep the heartbeat steady, maintain strong bones, aid in the production of energy and protein and also helps adjust blood glucose levels. Remember we spoke in a previous Health Tip about how important glucose (sugar) is to the body for optimal health?
Well . . . "Magnesium" is essential for proper muscle function and acts to relieve tight, sore and cramped muscles. It controls muscle contraction and acts as a muscle relaxant.
Ever get cramps in your toes or finger? Or maybe a cramp in your calf? That would be "Magnesium" deficiency. Magnesium has even been known to relieve some symptoms of Multiple sclerosis
Okay . . . so how does "Magnesium" help sleep?
Remember the other day we spoke about a lack of adequate Serotonin in the body can cause sleep problems? Well . . . a "magnesium" deficiency in the brain may lower those serotonin levels.
"Magnesium" plays a major role in supporting deep, restorative sleep by maintaining healthy levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep.
So what are some signs of "magnesium" deficiency?
1. Muscle twitches and cramps
2. Mental disorders (anxiety