Need help relaxing and getting to sleep? Dr. Mark Hyman calls Magnesium 'the most powerful relaxation mineral available.'
How do you know if you need more magnesium?
'Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff — whether it is a body part or an even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency.' - Dr. Hyman
From everyday athlete or an elite athlete you would know the feeling of stiff muscles, irritability, muscle cramps and at times mood swings! I know those feeling all to well and when I was playing professional basketball I experienced it all because I was highly magnesium deficient. Resulting in poor quality sleep and not the optimal performance I experienced extremely bad anxiety and I felt the mood shifts when I was deficient.
Magnesium calms your central nervous system and is the antidote to stress. It is also a critical mineral responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues — but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax. Dr. Hyman explains.
The list of symptoms magnesium deficiencies are very long and I won't go into them today, we will be here all day.
A good rule of thumb, if you cannot sleep and need a bit of extra help here, are a few tips.
Late night training or sporting events?
Take a shower and spray #CALM YOUR SPRAY magnesium oil on the bottom of your feet. Unless you are like me I am happy to spray it all over my body. Notice the difference you feel.
Have a bit more time?
Get home from working out, take a shower and jump in a #SALTS bath. The temperature is up to you. In summer I take #SALTS ice baths and get ice from the service station and in winter I take hot #SALTS baths. Use 200 grams for optimum results.
For alkaline-balancing effects add half a cup of bicarbonate soda.
Repeat this every night and notice the difference in your sleep, your mood, and general well-being.
Have a super productive week and go kick some goals!