There is no magic bullet for fitness, but magnesium comes pretty damn close.

The weather is warming and your mind is back to the "I must get ready for summer" mantra, but the effort - if only there was a magic bullet that would make it an easier transition.

Something that would make your muscles strong and flexible, deliver you energy, render you well rested, and keep that everpresent physical,  and mental stress at bay.

No magic bullet, but there is a magic mineral that does all of these things.  Magnesium.

It helps with;

  • energy
  • muscle strength
  • muscle growth
  • flexibility
  • sleep
  • stress management 

Magnesium contributes to flexibility and helps to prevent injury by loosening tight muscles. Without enough magnesium, muscles can’t properly relax, possibly causing cramps. Low magnesium can create a buildup of lactic acid, known to cause post-workout pain and tightness. Also, much of the body’s energy comes from ATP, a molecule that captures chemical energy from food and uses it to fuel other processes in the body. ATP production literally depends on magnesium.

Magnesium obviously won’t build muscles overnight, but it does help the body produce more insulin-like growth factor, an essential part of long-term muscle growth and strength.

Magnesium helps to balance and control stress hormones. Specifically, magnesium is essential for the production of serotonin, which is responsible for relaxing the nervous system and lifting moods. Serotonin also contributes to healthy sleep. A lack of magnesium upends sleep not only because of its role in serotonin production but also because it topples the sleep regulating hormone melatonin.

Magnesium is one of the essential electrolytes needed for efficient hydration. Sorry to disappoint you kids that were hoping I’d recommend a Gatorade; instead, you need to eat real magnesium and potassium-rich foods, drink lots of water and use a magneisum spray.

For snacks, try to include include leafy green vegetables, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, brown rice, avocado, beans, raw cacao, edamame and seaweed.

Magnesium also builds strong bones, maintains heart health, helps to prevent diabetes by regulating blood sugar, prevents inflammation and strokes, boosts immunity, preserves a proper PH balance in the body, and relieves constipation. Phew.

Magnesium might really be that magic bullet as it performs an essential role in every almost bodily function. In fact, in the emergency room, magnesium is considered a critical medication for emergency heart, asthma, pregnancy preeclampsia and other life-threatening conditions because it has a relaxing effect and is found in every tissue.

Modern life conspires to steal our magnesium, main culprits to drain our bodies of the much-needed mineral are;

  • Caffeine
  • phosphoric acid in soda
  • too much salt
  • extreme sweating
  • alcohol
  • prolonged stress
  • antibiotics and other medications 

Whilst we know that transdermal magnesium is the most effective way to replenish this monersl, including magnesium rich foods in your diet makes a lot of sense too.

  • eat meals such as oatmeal for breakfast
  • a brown rice, black bean and avocado burrito for lunch
  • a banana with almond butter as a snack
  • roasted chicken, sesame noodles and a spinach salad for dinner.

One of the most effective, convenient and relaxing ways to absorb magnesium is to take a bath with magnesium salts. Our skin is our largest organ for ingestion into the blood system so magnesium baths can both relax us and contribute to our magnesium intake.