Hi Guys I hope you all had a fantastic week and are looking forward to the long weekend. The hubby and I were talking today and we are glad we get an extra day to recover from the first few weeks back to school.
When school starts I often find that my sleep is a bit off. I wake up during the night more frequently with random school thoughts popping into my head. In a previous post I talked about tips to help sleep and one of the tips that really helps for me is taking a magnesium supplement at night. Last week I missed a few nights taking it and I could really feel a difference. Today I thought I would share some benefits of taking a magnesium supplement and why I take it everyday.
Types of Magnesium Supplements
There are many types of magnesium supplements on the market. The three types I have used are magnesium glycinate tablets, magnesium oil, and Natural Calm. I personally like the magnesium glycinate tablets the best because they are highly absorbable in the body and don’t have the laxative effect that some supplements can have.
Benefits of Magnesium Supplements
There are so many benefits to taking a magnesium supplement. I thought I would feature my top 5 that I find most beneficial.
This is my number one benefit. I find that taking this at night helps me relax before bed, fall asleep faster and have deeper sleep.
Constipation and Digestion
Magnesium can help with constipation by relaxing the digestive system. It can also help with regularity.
Muscle Aches and Pains
Magnesium can help with muscle relaxation. Try an epsom salt bath or soaking in a magnesium oil bath. I find that soaking my feet in a magnesium oil foot soak works miracles for swollen feet from those long runs.
Migraines and Headaches
I personally don’t suffer from migraines but I have several friends who find that taking a magnesium supplement helps with headaches and migraines.
Improves Mood, Calms Nerves and Anxiety
Not only does it help with falling asleep it can provide a calming effect. It helps to relax the nervous system and help with your mood.
Taking too much magnesium can cause some side effects the biggest one being diarrhea, so I suggest starting with a small amount. Check all labels for dosing and interactions.
These are a few tips that work for me. Remember it’s always best to consult your doctor before starting any new supplements.
Here is my go-to for a relaxing bath. It helps with detox and muscle aches especially following long runs!
- 1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
- 10 drops of essential oils (I like Young Living Lavender or Peace and Calming)
- ½ Cup Baking Soda
Soak in this hot bath for 20 minutes and enjoy!
I hope you all relax, take a bath and enjoy the long weekend!