I used to suffer terribly with restless legs, it was always worse on training days. It’s hard to describe but basically, when I got into bed my legs would feel achy and twitchy and I had the urge to move them to try and reduce this unpleasant feeling. It was annoying for me and my other half and it interfered with my ability to fall sleep. I do not do well without enough sleep!
I was introduced to the miracle that is magnesium a couple of years ago. Within a few nights of taking magnesium supplements, my restless legs were calmed! Not only that, but I felt as though I slept more deeply and experienced a lot fewer ruminating thoughts.
Magnesium is an essential mineral, it’s needed for over 300 biochemical reactions within the human body! 70% of the population is now deficient in this super important mineral. This makes it one of the most common deficiencies, but it is often overlooked.
Minerals, including magnesium, are found in soil. Plants absorb these minerals, along with water, from the earth and use them, animals eat the plants and the minerals are passed up the food chain. Humans eat both plants and minerals to obtain vital minerals.
So why are so many of us deficient in magnesium? Soil depletion due to intensive agriculture lowers the amount of magnesium available in plants and crops. Many of us eat a diet limited in magnesium rich foods and some of us will have inadequate absorption due to poor gut health.
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include: insomnia, anxiety, depression, migraines, muscle cramps, muscle twitches, arrhythmia, fatigue, constipation, acid reflux and osteoporosis. Craving chocolate can be a sign of deficiency too since cacao is high in magnesium.
If you are considering taking magnesium, I would recommend taking Magnesium Glycinate. This form of magnesium is highly absorbable, it is recommended for anyone with a known magnesium deficiency and less likely to cause laxative effects than some other magnesium supplements.
Personally, I believe everyone should consider taking this wonderful mineral. Magnesium supplementation has such few risks for side effects and toxicity so why not take it regularly to prevent deficiency?