Since I joined the Wellbeing Clinic in April, I have embarked on a more holistic lifestyle. One of the first things I did was swap my usual milk chocolate fix with dark chocolate. This isn’t quite as daft as it might sound, as dark chocolate is one of the top ten foods containing magnesium.
Magnesium is the second most abundant element in our bodies and is used in regulating over 300 enzymes and reactions in the body. Nowadays our soil has depleted magnesium levels, as does our food and water, and often, even if we are eating magnesium-rich foods, we are not absorbing enough due to damage in our guts. How many of you suffer from IBS, or Inflammatory Bowel Diseases?
Being deficient in magnesium can show itself in many ways. You might find yourself suffering from anxiety, feeling moody and low or more ‘hormonal’ than usual. You might notice that your body doesn’t recover as quickly after exercising, or that you have dry or spotty skin. You may suffer from poor quality sleep, and daily aches and pains. You’ve probably never even thought all of these symptoms and more can all be down to the lack of this one magic mineral!
I have been trying to up my magnesium intake for quite some time, and have been doing some research on what it can actually do to help us feel better, both physically and mentally. One thing I found really interesting was that I am naturally drawn to magnesium-rich foods, without realizing! Spinach, mackerel, brown rice and of course dark chocolate is part of my basic daily diet, maybe my body craves these because I need the extra magnesium? This list from Healthaliciousness gives you the top ten, with some handy alternatives and this recipe from Madeleine Shaw is simple, delicious and packed full of magnesium.
Another great way to get your magnesium fix is through magnesium flakes, magnesium oil or Epsom salts in your bath. The skin is the body’s largest organ that has an amazing ability to absorb, filter toxins, and deliver nutrients to the body. Relaxing for at least 20 minutes in a hot bath with a cup of magnesium flakes will benefit your skin, gut and will help to eliminate stress. Just be sure to lock the door so that you’re not disturbed by your cat/dog/partner/child (delete as applicable, mine are the first three!) so that you get the full relaxation experience whilst healing your body.
I have started taking Magnesium flake baths a couple of times a week and already I am seeing an improvement in my skin, and feeling less stressed. If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis, acne, dry skin or other skin conditions, you will most likely notice a big improvement from using magnesium in your bath water. By using magnesium on the skin, we can also help improve the way that nutrients are absorbed when eating, so really the rewards from doing something as simple and relaxing as having a bath can be so beneficial to our whole wellbeing.
So my holistic aim for the next couple of weeks is to keep up my magnesium intake, and whilst the sun is shining, I’m going to be trying to boost my vitamin D levels too… It’d be rude not to!
If you think you might be deficient in magnesium, or any other minerals or vitamins, or you are struggling with weight loss or issues around food, we offer nutritional therapy here at the Wellbeing Clinic, along with many other treatments that can heal and repair the body, on both the inside and out. Why not give us a call or drop us an email to see if we can help you?
With thanks to Dr. Carolyn Dean – we are all obsessed with her book The Magnesium Miracle.