The magic mineral with massive benefits …

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Fitness
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Today’s blog post is extolling the virtues of an amazing mineral that I never knew we used so much of, nor how much a deficiency in it could affect our lives. I’m talking about magnesium.

Magnesium powder

Here’s the lifesaver in the flesh

I first came across it about 6 months ago when I went to a physio for the first time ever. Yep, EVER. Prior to that I had been an advocate for chiropractors for fixing my back and neck issues, but I had an ongoing shoulder problem that the chiro just wasn’t fixing on a long-term basis, so in desperation I visited Sports Focus Physio who I highly recommend to anyone living in Sydney.

My physio did the usual massage (painful!) and a few joint manipulations (love that cracking sound!) and also looked at my posture and various other things. I left with my back strapped to force my shoulders back, and a recommendation to start taking magnesium and foam rolling. I asked her about the magnesium and she said the amount of exercise I was doing and the sweating associated with that meant that the salts and minerals were being depleted and therefore the muscles were seizing up. And it can take a few weeks or even months to build magnesium levels up again so I better get started quick-smart!

Oxygen & magnesium

Did you know that low levels of magnesium can contribute to brittle bones, slow tissue repair after injury, high levels of fatigue, and even depression. I looked into the side effects of taking a magnesium supplement and they were minimal, so I jumped on the magnesium bandwagon.

Magnesium is found naturally in green leafy vegetables like spinach and swiss chard but also in nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds. I eat a fair amount of seeds, but not a lot of spinach on a daily basis, and the amount you’d need to eat to satisfy your daily requirements is pretty ridiculous. So for me a supplement is the best way forward, and I use Blackmores magnesium powder simply because it was the first one I came across in the pharmacy. It also contains B vitamins and amino acids which also help in exercise recovery. And as a bonus it has a nice orange taste, kind of like vitamin C. Please note I am not being sponsored by Blackmores to write this post. Although perhaps I should be!  (Blackmores PR department please take note).

After just a couple of weeks of taking it daily I noticed a difference, and now I take it a few times a week after exercise and I wouldn’t be without it. Magnesium powder and foam rolling literally changed my life.

Foam rolling is the poor man’s deep-tissue massage therapist and let me tell you that while it’s damn painful (especially the legs, ooooh the legs) it really does make a difference in how you feel the next day. Foam rolling combined with taking a teaspoon of magnesium powder in water every day I exercise makes my recovery so much less painful and quicker by a country mile. Of course everybody’s different, but if you’re recovering from a chronic injury or working out a lot, maybe give them a go.

Magnesium and my foam roller - a match made in heaven

The happy couple

What would you say has aided your recovery from exercise?

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x

  1. I’ve been told before to try magnesium to stop my ridiculous feet from always cramping… I might have to actually go out and buy some!

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  3. […] jumps on my every time I’m on the floor, like it’s a game), I’ve started taking magnesium again and I’m doing yoga stretches more often, coupled with specific back exercises at the […]

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