Tip #11: Use Magnesium for Relaxation
When it comes to supplements for relaxation, many people have heard of (or use) hormones and amino acids like melatonin, 5-HTP, or herbs like Valerian. (Note: I’ll be doing a post on amino acids soon, so stay tuned!)
But magnesium often comes as a surprise! In fact, it can be one of the most beneficial minerals to add to your diet, to help combat stress while gaining a whole host of other benefits. Keep reading to learn more.
What is Magnesium?
Magnesium is a mineral that’s crucial for a number of bodily functions. It’s found in a variety of delicious sources, including:
- Sea vegetables
- Leafy greens
- Beans and peas
- Whole grains and whole-grain cereals
Some amazing things magnesium does include:
- Regulates nerve impulses
- Regulates body temperature
- Works with calcium to develop healthy bones and teeth
- Helps the body to absorb calcium
- Helps to synthesize and metabolize protein
- Maintains cellular integrity and health
- Produces energy
- Relieves constricted airways
- Improves parathyroid health
That’s plenty! But magnesium also helps to relax the body ~ the mind and muscles ~ making it an excellent recovery supplement for athletes in training as well as a great daily relaxant for those under stress or duress!
Magnesium for Relaxation
At the end of a long day, during stressful times, or after a hard workout, it might be tempting to use alcohol to relax. And it will relax you… to a point. After only a small amount, however, it’s more stressful on your body to drink booze than it is to avoid it! A great alternative is magnesium ~ especially if you can still drink it! Keep reading to learn more.
The recommended dosage for adults is 250-350 mg. Be sure you stay within that range, and lean toward the lower end if you’re not used to magnesium. Taking too much can make you cramp-y and “loose,” which isn’t relaxing for anyone!
There are several ways to add magnesium to your diet. The first, and most beneficial, is to add more magnesium-rich foods to your diet. Snack on seaweed or have a big spinach salad for lunch.
You can also take supplements in pill, capsule, or tablet form.
But my personal favorite (and this is not a sponsored plug, I promise!) is a product called Magnesium Calm. It’s a powdered supplement that comes in different natural flavors and has added calcium for optimal absorption. They’re a little effervescent, and all delicious, but my favorite flavor is lemon. I make it with warm water, so it’s like tea, and drink it about an hour or so before bed. It’s deeply relaxing to my sometimes-overworked muscles, and it helps me to sleep like a baby!
If you suffer from insomnia, magnesium might be just the ticket to get you through the night. It’s also been shown to be helpful for those with migraines and depression.
Stuff to Know
As with any supplement, you should approach taking magnesium with caution. If you take more than the recommended allowance, you might end up with cramps, diarrhea, or nausea. If you’re taking any OTC or prescription medicines, antibiotics, or diuretics, please check with your doctor before adding magnesium to your diet. If you currently have diabetes, intestinal disease, heart disease, or kidney disease, please check with your doctor before adding magnesium to your diet. Take it easy, start small, and always listen to your body!
Do you ever take supplements to help relax?
Do you have a favorite bedtime ritual?