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)
4. High blood pressure
6. Irregular heartbeat
7. Fatigue and muscle weakness
So have your magnesium level checked out instead of taking anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxers and sleeping pill.
Okay . . . so what's the other elements to this equation? That would be "Calcium"!
Magnesium and Calcium work together in many functions of the body such as all that we spoke of above. But some times, magnesium and calcium seem to compete by binding competitively to the same sites in the body like stress, bone disorders and high blood pressure which increases calcium needs.
In the GUT, calcium and magnesium intake influence each other's absorption. A "high calcium" intake may "decrease magnesium" absorption and a "low magnesium" intake may increase calcium absorption.
So most people are in the "low magnesium" category. Therefore, Magnesium is needed for calcium absorption. And without enough magnesium . . . calcium can collect in the soft tissues and cause a type of "arthritis" or this lack of efficient calcium could lead to osteoporosis.
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