Magnesium is my number one supplement recommendation in my chiropractic office. Rarely does a day go by that I am not encouraging at least one patient to incorporate it into their diet. Primarily my recommendation is to relieve muscle pain and spasms, but there are so many more wonderful benefits. It is estimated that up to 80% of Americans are not getting enough magnesium from diet alone.
While magnesium is crucial for many important functions in the body, the proper balance of calcium and magnesium is key. In the case of muscle function, for example, calcium and magnesium work together to contract and relax the muscle. At the biochemical level our bodies use calcium to create the chemical bond that causes a muscle fiber to contract. Magnesium is used to break that bond, allowing the fibers to relax. If the body has too much calcium built up and not enough magnesium, this can result in tight muscles, cramps and spasms.
I encourage supplementing often because it can be incredibly challenging to get enough magnesium through diet alone. According to Dr. Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle,
“Magnesium is farmed out of the soil much more than calcium… A hundred years ago, we would get maybe 500 milligrams of magnesium in an ordinary diet. Now we’re lucky to get 200 milligrams.”
Diet and some medications can also block the body’s ability to absorb necessary minerals. High intake of soda and caffeine can limits the bodys absorption. Medications such as Cipro, Tobramycin, antacids or insulin can cause decreased levels.
As a Chiropractor at Express Chiropractic Fort Worth an imbalance in nutrients can greatly impact the quantity and severity of subluxations throughout the body. If there are no contraindications to supplementation, my presonal favorite is a product called Natural Calm.
Many patients also receive great benefits from Epsom salt baths. Epsom salt is simply crystallized magnesium. For an effective Epsom salt bath you would want to get the water as hot as you can enjoy comfortably (this allows your pores to open and your body to draw in the magnesium), pour in 2 cups of Epsom salt and soak in the tub for at least 15 minutes. Ideally you would soak in an Epsom bath at least 3 times per week for maximum benefit. If you have any conditions that may cause you to be sensitive to heat please consult with a doctor before beginning an Epsom bath routine.
For more great information on this subject please visit Dr. Mercola’s article.