Do you suffer from restless legs at night or from muscular cramps when you are playing sport? Do you ever get that annoying eyebrow that twitches and you just can’t stop it. Well it could be as easy to fix as adding some extra magnesium into your diet.
It is not uncommon for people to suffer from one or all of these annoying problems, and the usual suspect for why this is occurring is often due to a magnesium deficiency.
Some of the signs that you may not have enough magnesium in your diet include?
- Regular muscular cramps that happen when you are playing sport or after you have finished your training sessions.
- Twitching of the muscles when you are not exercising and they are not under your control like when your eyebrow or calf twitches.
- When you go to bed you may suffer from restless legs (This happens when you go to bed at night and your muscles feel like you need to keep moving them).
- When you stretch in the morning and you get cramps regularly in your feet or calves.
- Slow muscle recovery after exercise, were you get regular pain for days after training and it is slow for you to bounce back from your training sessions.
Why should you make an effort to ensure you have enough magnesium?
- The potential to increase your physical endurance by 50%
- Magnesium is essential for the body to make energy within every cell in the body and if you don’t have enough it will affect your overall energy levels.
- Reduces muscle pain and improves recovery of muscles after playing sport.
- Improve muscle strength and reduce muscle tension which improves flexibility.
- Reduce the symptoms of PMS.
- Improve the quality of your sleep.
Magnesium is an important mineral in our diet and can be found in a range of different foods like brown rice, apricots, figs, almonds, cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, rye and kelp.
If you are struggling to get enough of these foods in your diet and you do suffer from cramps then you may need to look at getting a magnesium supplement from your local health food store or pharmacy. These can usually be obtained in either a powder or tablet form.
When taking magnesium supplements the best time to take a supplement is usually an hour before bed so that it helps with your sleep and assists the muscles with repair while sleeping. Some endurance athletes will take it before they compete or train to prevent cramps occurring when they are training or competing.
So don’t put up with the cramps and twitches anymore. Do something about it!