Magnesium deficiency is a common problem with people who exercise

Do you have a hectic lifestyle with a seemingly endless list of things to do? Do you sleep as well as you’d like or do you rely on drinking lots of tea and coffee to get you through the day? Do you have stubborn unwanted belly fat?

It has been estimated that we have around 100 times more day to day stress than our grandparents did. When we feel stressed our body responds by sending stress hormones around our bodies. Originally this was a good thing as it would stop a person living in the wild getting caught by a lion. But now we don’t have lions, we have deadlines but we still respond in the same way and it’s hurting us.

Magnesium deficiency is a common problem with people who exercise, as hard training depletes magnesium levels. When we are low on Mag levels our body responds by increasing stress hormone production. Combine that with the added stress of the training itself and a modern life and you get a really bad recipe.

Luckily, if your really are stuck between a rock and a hard place there is hope, and it comes in the form of supplemental magnesium.

Magnesium is an essential mineral, one that you cannot do without in your diet. It is involved in over 300 biochemical processes in the body and counting. The effects of the mineral on people’s lives are incompletely researched, but some of those which have already been found are sensational and immediate. Remember health is a state of psychological, physical and social wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease and infirmity. Are you as healthy as you could be? 1. Sleep Magnesium’s most reported use is in the calming effect is has on people. Those who are deficient in the mineral find themselves with revved up stress systems. After a few weeks of taking a regular dose most people find that they sleep more quickly, soundly and deeply. Meaning they don’t have to sleep for as long and wake up feeling more refreshed. In a busy modern life, this is probably the most appealing thing anyone could offer. 2. Testosterone Low magnesium reduces testosterone, particularly when combined with exercise; this is bad for fat loss and also fat distribution. If you want to make the time you’ve invested in the gym as effective as possible, there really is no reason not to take this supplement. 3. Brain Function Magnesium allows effective functioning of the nervous system. One of the benefits is that it improves the management of serotonin in the brain and improves memory. When we et carbohydrates our brains release serotonin, which is a happy chemical in our brain. Poor serotonin management in the brain causes carbohydrate cravings and even depression. 4. Chronic Inflammation Chronic inflammation causes all sorts of problems in the body, and while the world is glugging down pints of sugary fibreless fruit juice to get their dose of anti-oxidants, you can sit there smugly knowing that your magnesium supplement is reducing the inflammation in your body, reducing your risk of Alzheimer's, cardiovascular disease, digestive discomfort, arthritis and diabetes. 5. Bone Health We all know from the adverts that calcium and vitamin D give you stronger bones. But, what they don’t let you in on is that magnesium is an important part of this cycle too. Without it your bones will never be a strong as they could be. Research says that there should be an even amount of calcium in the diet as magnesium, above this extra calcium is ineffective. So that glass of milk won’t make any difference without your magnesium to go with it.