Author: BeingEve | Posted on Thursday May 10, 2018
Magnesium is a beneficial mineral during menopause as low levels of magnesium can lead to insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, mood swings and brain fog. In this article, Jack Feakes from BuyOrganicsOnline explains why.
Magnesium plays a vital role in the human body
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and as such one of the most important. It’s essential that your body has sufficient levels of magnesium to stay in optimum health during menopause. Magnesium is needed to keep your bones strong, your thyroid in a balanced mode, your blood pressure level and is crucial for the functioning of the heart and kidneys and to regulate mood swings. Sources of magnesium can be either food or supplement based.
Magnesium rich foods
The best way to get the magnesium you need is to incorporate magnesium rich foods in to your daily diet. Here are a few of the best sources:
- Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach
- Dark chocolate
- Seeds and nuts such as almonds and pumpkin seeds
- Grains – quinoa, brown rice and millet
- Fruits like banana, strawberry and grapefruit
- Fish and lentils
There is another way to ingest magnesium in the form of supplements. In the UK, the daily recommended allowance is 270mg. These supplements come in different forms, including oils, gels, sprays and lotions which we can be directly applied to the skin or orally in tablet form. With this form you need to ensure you choose high quality brands that have a base of magnesium chloride. Magnesium when ingested orally gets destroyed in the digestive tract to the tune of ninety percent.
Magnesium bath flakes and magnesium oils which contain optimum quantities of magnesium citrate, can be the solution since these products bypass the gut and enter the body via trans dermal application, acting faster. Regular use of magnesium flakes in a hot bath can help alleviate many symptoms of the menopause including:
- Relaxing the nervous system to promote a good night’s sleep
- Relieving migraines and headaches
- Combating restless legs
- Relieving skin conditions
Eliminating bad habits
One further step you can take is to eliminate bad habits from your daily activity to get maximum results:
- Minimise or quit smoking as this will rob your body of magnesium and will affect your digestive system
- Keep track of your sugar intake – as it can lead to fatigue and weight gain
- Reduce caffeine – try hot ginger or peppermint tea instead
- Reduce stress – as directly increasing the level of cortisol and adrenaline gives your cells a reason to dump magnesium.
Be aware that if you increase the intake of magnesium to a very high level in can have side effects. We recommend you always seek the advice of a nutritional therapist or your doctor regarding the right dosage for you.