Magnesium is a word many of us hear buzzing on the internet and in health circles. The more I read about magnesium deficiencies, it became clear to me the importance of adding magnesium to my diet. On my personal journey, some of the symptoms I was experiencing was muscle pain and cramps, as well as sleep disturbances.

To up my magnesium intake I have tried a few methods to share with all of you. First, I began taking magnesium baths by simply adding 2 cups of magnesium in my bath water. I recommend taking this at night because magnesium also helps relax the muscles for preparation to sleep. Second, I also take a supplement from Ortho Molecular which is called Reacted Magnesium.

Please read the article below for important facts about magnesium and your body. If you currently live with a disease it’s even more important to start taking magnesium now and aiming to get more in your diet. Let me
know if you have questions. Use the comments below to share your                                                                                                                                                       insight.

Thanks for reading!

According to the National Institute of Health, adults females 19 and older recommend 310 mg of magnesium daily and 400 mg daily for males. For those who workout daily, this intake may be bumped up to 500 mg daily. More than 325 enzymes in our bodies require magnesium to properly function. The only true way to know if you are deficient is to have a lab test of your urine, saliva or tissue. Most doctors will not run this test unless you are experiencing kidney problems. Why should you be concerned about your magnesium intake? Magnesium is vital for regulating muscle and nerve function, blood and sugar levels, and blood pressure.

More than 80% of us are magnesium deficient, according to Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD. DM. Everyone is experiencing some form of magnesium deficiency. The many processed foods in our grocery stores are void of their mineral, vitamin, and fiber content. Sugar is one of the worst things fighting magnesium deficiency. So, eat a healthy, real food diet, but be aware that magnesium has been depleted from topsoil due to pesticides used in farming even in clean fields. Following are the signs you may be experiencing magnesium deficiency in your diet.

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

  • Constipation
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy
  • Impaired memory/thinking
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Chronic back pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscular pain
  • Brain fog
  • Tension

While this list may be long, don’t be discouraged. Try to eat a diet rich in bananas, oatmeal, broccoli, fish, cashews, quinoa, beans and dark leafy greens. In addition to these magnesium-rich foods, try my recipe for a relaxing magnesium bath.

Magnesium Bath Recipe

1 – 2 cups* of Epsom Salts or Omica Organics Magnesium Flakes
10-15 drops of Young Living Essential Oils (I love lavendar, but you may also use your favorites)

*Use 1/2 cup of Epsom Salts or Omica Organics Magnesium Flakes per 50 pounds. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, use 1.5 cups for the recipe.  Add Epsom Salts or Magnesium Flakes to warm bath water and let it absorb about 5 minutes. Add in your drops of Young Living Essential Oils. Soak in the tub for 30-40 minutes. The longer the better to let your skin fully absorb the benefits. I try to do this at least once a week. It is very relaxing and I have noticed the benefits to my clear mind and relaxed muscles. Please keep in mind, pregnant women should not try this recipe. Do you have a favorite magnesium recipe? Share below!