You may be losing magnesium every time you work out!
We all know exercise is good for us. With Spring and Summer coming you may be thinking of starting a new exercise plan or of revving up an existing one. Good for you! Exercise is not just about weight loss, it increases oxygen intake, helps lower blood pressure, reduces stress, can boost immunity--there are so many benefits. But what about the possible risks?
There is a balance to all we do in life and the same is true with exercise. When it comes to strenuous exercise, our bodies work hard, and they need care and feeding after all that energy expenditure. Most people know it's important to drink water, refuel, and take rest days, but did you know it's also important to replenish your magnesium stores after a hard workout?
Why Magnesium and What Does It Do?
Magnesium helps regulate blood pressure, strengthens muscles and bones, and supports cardiac and brain function.
According to the National Institutes of Health, magnesium is one of the most important micronutrients and there is a strong relationship between magnesium and those who engage in physical exercise. Regular exercise is good for your overall health and has been reported to improve your immune system and ability to protect from infection. This is the good news.
However, you may be depleting your magnesium stores every time you engage in a hard workout! With a marginal dietary magnesium intake, strenuous exercise may impact metabolism, muscle function, oxygen uptake, and electrolyte balance. Research has shown that exercise activates a redistribution of magnesium in the body to accommodate metabolic needs.
A hard workout increases urinary and sweat losses that may increase magnesium requirements by 10-20%! Recent surveys indicate that a significant number of individuals routinely have deficient magnesium intakes. Athletes participating in sports requiring weight control are especially vulnerable to this. So, the good news is, you’re exercising to maintain or lose weight, the bad news is, the ability to perform physical work may be compromised. But, there is a solution.
Keep Doing What You're Doing and Don't Stop Moving!
Working together, exercise and magnesium balance to help improve the immune system. With the right balance, you can be healthier, so don't stop exercising, simply add back that missing magnesium.
How Do I Stay Healthy?
So what's the bottom line here? Maintain your health by exercising and increasing your magnesium intake. How do you do both? Well, I can't tell you what to do for exercise. The best thing to do is pick something you love, find a friend and make it a habit!
As for magnesium, the answer is simple. And you don't have to take a single pill. What's wrong with pills and supplements? Nothing except that many people find them 1) unpleasant to take with side effects 2) they are expensive 3) it's hard to find quality supplements with good absorption 4) many want an alternative.
Well, there is an alternative and it feels good on your skin and smells great too (unscented also available)! It's Kiss My Bath Essentials magnesium infused magical body cream, lotion, oils and other products. These products were born when I needed a solution and oral supplements were causing me unpleasant side effects. They are all homemade and specially formulated, herbal-infused, and combined with raw butters and the highest quality pure magnesium chloride oil. Using these products has kept me healthy and may help you! Hope you'll give them a try!