Magnesium is one of the elements on the periodic table. Before nightmares from high school and college chemistry come back to haunt you, let’s skip ahead to why we love this mineral so much! According to some really smart people who wrote some scientific text books, magnesium is essential in over 300 cellular reactions in the body. 300! Many sources say that magnesium can be depleted by intense exercise, pregnancy, ingestion of caffeinated beverages, stressors of daily life, and plasma ray guns used by invisible aliens that live underneath your bed. Kidding about the last one… science hasn’t proven that yet.
The doctors of KC North Spine & Joint Center highly recommend supplementing and eating more magnesium rich foods especially when someone has sustained a new injury. Magnesium can help downplay the sympathetic nervous system. That’s the system in your body responsible for high blood pressure, anxiety, nervousness, increased pain sensitivity, and many other things. In the short term, these things are normal. The problem arises when the sympathetic system is always “on.” This can affect the healing processes of the body, keep you from sleeping well, and cause a whole host of problems down the line.
Lastly, magnesium is needed in every single of the billions of cells in your body to create a very important compound called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). This provides the chemical energy the cell needs to function, repair itself, and make more energy. This is very important for the 3 types of muscle in your body. First, we use skeletal muscle to move and interact with our surroundings. If skeletal muscle is low in magnesium, cramping and things like restless leg syndrome can result. Second, cardiac muscle makes our heart work. It’s kind of important for the heart to work properly. And third, smooth muscle helps move food through our digestive system.
Give your overworked body some love and see how you can increase your magnesium intake.
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Alex Miller D.C.Tags: Magnesium, Supplement