It’s the latest big trend in the wellness industry – “topical magnesium” and according to medical studies, it can help you sleep better, feel less pain and a whole lot more!
My night routine usually involves brushing teeth, skin care, and massaging my feet with magnesium. Is that last step weird? Maybe — but totally worth it. Let’s talk about magnesium: It’s a mineral that’s crucial to the proper functioning of over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. And you probably aren’t getting enough of it: Studies show up to 75 percent of us aren’t!
So, should you be worried? Well, only if you want less stress, better sleep, stronger bones, more flexibility, less joint pain, less migraines, less constipation, a lot less anxiety and all of those 300 bodily reactions to be working properly.
But getting your daily dose of magnesium (you need approx. 400mg a day) doesn’t have to be another stress-inducing activity to check off your list every day. Boosting magnesium levels with supplements ensures you maintain a healthy, balanced body—however, traditional forms of magnesium supplementation can prove inconsistent in delivering active levels of magnesium into the body.
My new favourite way to get magnesium is transdermal, which means you get the good stuff right onto your largest organ, the skin. Every night before bed, I massage Pevonia Marine Magnesium onto my feet and rub it in. Then apply it to any areas of the body suffering aches and pain. It can tingle the first couple of times you apply, and you have the option to leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and wash it off, or just go to bed with it on. Read on below to see why we should all be doing this.
SLEEP and STRESS REDUCTION
When you don’t get enough magnesium, melatonin can be thrown out of whack. Melatonin is the hormone that regulates your sleep. Another hormone dependent on magnesium? Serotonin, which relaxes the nervous system and makes you happy.
RELIEF FROM MUSCLE AND JOINT PAIN
Magnesium reduces the build-up of lactic acid, which causes pain and tightness in muscles and joints. By alkalizing and restoring a proper pH balance it works in conjunction with other minerals in your body to help your muscles contract and relax and reduce inflammation in the joints.
NO MORE CRAMPS
Period cramps? You’re covered. You see, your muscles need magnesium to relax. Without it, you get a build-up of lactic acid, which causes cramping. For women, magnesium can reduce cramps, migraines and symptoms of PMS like bloating and moodiness. YES.
Magnesium also can help reduce the frequency of migraines. It’s often recommended for those who suffer from vestibular, ocular and common migraines.
Through a complicated process involving dozens of chemical processes, magnesium also plays a very important role in energy production. Low levels of magnesium contribute to the reduced production of certain enzymes and proteins that lead to fatigue and low energy.
If all that is not enough, it can also reduce leg cramps and twitching, is naturally detoxifying and provides relief from constipation.
I’ve only touched the surface of the benefits of magnesium massage, there are hundreds of benefits for overall wellness and it seems we keep discovering more. So is it a fad or is it fab? I know I won’t be giving it up anytime soon!