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How Magnesium Heals Your Body

December 13, 2013

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What comes to mind when you hear the word magnesium? Maybe it’s the periodic table or a big metallic rock.

Truth be told, magnesium is also a mineral that we all produce naturally. While there are only a few ounces of it in our bodies, it aids in the function of more than 300 enzymes.

The majority of us can maintain healthy levels by eating foods that are rich in magnesium like green leafy vegetables, nuts, and legumes, but it can also be added to your diet by taking dietary supplements or soaking in an Epsom salt bath so your skin can absorb the mineral.

Whichever way you prefer, make sure to get your daily dose because there is several health benefits related to upping your intake.

Improves digestion. Magnesium aids in the digestion process, acting as a coenzyme in the digestive tract and assisting in the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach to help break down food.

Relieves PMS symptoms. By helping to relax the muscles, magnesium can relieve the menstrual cramps that often come with premenstrual syndrome. Plus, it reduces bloating and breast tenderness by eliminating fluid retention.

Reduces stress. When signs of stress occur, magnesium is immediately secreted to relax the body as part of the natural hormonal response. Some added benefits of decreased stress levels are better sleep and lower blood pressure.

Strengthens bones. Just about half of the body's magnesium is stored in the bones so it’s important to maintain healthy levels for proper bone health. It also aids in the transportation of calcium, another of the body’s naturally occurring minerals that can slow bone density loss.

Boosts heart health. Helping to maintain normal heart rhythms, restoring blood vessels, and keeping muscles strong – the heart being the body’s most important muscle – magnesium is essential in the prevention of an irregular heartbeat, heart attacks, and cardiovascular disease.

How do you take your magnesium?