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The importance of Magnesium

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 8:20 AM
As we age our hormone levels start to decline. In some cases it has been reported that girls in their mid-20 are experiencing a decline in the 3 big sex hormones, Testosterone, Progesterone and Oestrogen. This has a huge impact on health, fatloss, brain function, and mood and can even change your personality. But there are ways you can boost your hormone levels through sleep, stress management, nutrition, fitness, especially weight training and supplementation. Sleep: Maybe you get to sleep OK but at 1 am sees you wide awake running through you're to do list and then struggling to get back to sleep and wake up totally shattered? Or do you struggle getting to sleep with thoughts, situations, and scenarios constantly going through your mind? A supplement I know through kinesiology can be life changing in the sleep department is Magnesium. I find Magnesium comes up a lot when I test it on my clients either because someone is stress (busy lifestyle, feels overwhelmed), constantly thinking of things to (thoughts that circle through the mind nonstop) and feeling constantly achy and slow in the muscles. Magnesium is so underrated. Magnesium is crucial for more than 300 essential chemical reactions in the body. Without magnesium, these vital reactions simply don't take place. Without magnesium, bodily systems malfunction, from bone growth to adrenal health to the ability to fall asleep at night. Magnesium is most importantly, one of the primary nutrients involved in the regulation of cellular stress and activity. And when I say stress here, I do mean stress. Any sort of cellular activity is a stress of sorts, because it upregulates activity and requires energy and resources. Magnesium's role is to open channels on cell membranes. When a muscle fibre, for example, needs to tense up and become active, magnesium will open the membrane and help usher in calcium, which helps make it tense. Then, when the period of stress is over and the muscle can relax, magnesium opens up the cell membrane to usher the calcium out of the cell again. The problem for most people is that they have enough magnesium to usher calcium into the cell, but not enough to usher the calcium out. This leaves them in a chronically up-regulated state, leaving muscles tense, nerves firing, and neurons on high alert. This is why magnesium deficiency is associated with muscle tension, with headaches, with poor adrenal health, and with anxiety and sleep problems. Without magnesium, the body simply cannot calm down. Because it has been so life changing for myself (when I am constantly tense I know I need magnesium) and my clients and I know how confusing it can be knowing what type of supplement to use I thought writing this article will help you understand why we need magnesium (it has comes up recently in a lot of my clients). If you think you need magnesium, or you feel like you are constantly fighting off colds, or you have a rash that can't be explained or a funny tummy then kinesiology can be used to see what is going on with your body which is causing this, either emotional problems (stress) or lacking in certain vitamins or minerals and balance your body. If you are having trouble sleeping and trying to lose weight then maybe booking in a session of kinesiology can help you achieve this. Contact me for more information.

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