Did you know there are different forms of magnesium?
The differing types can help with things like anxiety, sleep issues, replenishing low levels and even constipation. Who knew?!
Most women are deficient in magnesium because our bodies use it up so quickly in times of stress. And these days, who isn’t dealing with stress? Magnesium is a mineral and also an electrolyte and is essential for our bodies to function. It has numerous responsibilities in the body, including over 300 enzymatic processes. We fly through it! Magnesium is also one of the top recommendations for women experiencing PMS – it’s known as the magical cycle mineral!
Can you use a couple different forms? Yes, absolutely. At night, I will often do the gel (see below) on the bottoms of my feet and then take magnesium glycinate or l-threonate. Take the recommended dosage on the bottle.
This will not necessarily correct a magnesium deficiency but will help you fall asleep because it’s calming and is the form that can cross the blood brain barrier. Pair with an epsom salt bath for greater calming effects!
>>MAGNESIUM GLYCINATE (powder or capsule)
There’s this great powder form for those who can’t take capsules and would rather drink a powder at night, and it’s also perfect for kids because it tastes good! Or there’s this capsule form that I take at night or when I’m feeling anxious and it works great!
TO REPLENISH LOW MAGNESIUM LEVELS:
>> TOPICAL SPRAY or TOPICAL GEL paired with epsom salt baths!
The spray or the gel work great at helping to replenish depleted magnesium levels because transdermally (through the skin) is the best way to actually absorb it! It also helps with sleep in my opinion so I love it before bed! Take an epsom salt bath and then use the spray or gel and you’re golden. The only thing is, it can get itchy, so your best bet is to rub it on the bottoms of your feet, then let it soak in and wash hands after. I’ve tried the spray on my belly and it can get a little itchy or red but this may not be the case for everyone, so find what works for you!
The magnesium oxide works wonders and is okay for once in a while when struggling with constipation but should not be used daily long-term. How it works is it pulls oxygen and water into the bowels which helps you to go. The citrate form can be taken for longer periods of time but can cause loose stools so be mindful or careful to not take too much!
Adding some foods rich in this magical mineral doesn’t hurt! Especially some dark chocolate while PMS’ing or while on your period 🙂 Food is always a great source and super important to include high sources of magnesium-rich foods in your diet, but often we need more than food, too!
- dark chocolate
- nuts and seeds
- beans & legumes