SORE FOR DAYS??
Have you ever had a workout so good that it left you feeling sore for days afterwards??? Well the good news it that you probably worked your muscles really well but the bad news is that you probably didn’t eat the best post workout meal. This is a very important step in the building and recovery process for your body. As a result of not refueling your body with the proper nutrients it needs, you’re going to be super sore.
Now there are some occasions where you eat the best post workout meal full of complex carbs, high protein and full fat and you’re still walking around for days afterwards aching in pain. So what’s the problem? What are we doing wrong?
Here is where I like to introduce magnesium to the body. Magnesium is the absolute best way to help relieve muscle stiffness/soreness. It also has other proven health benefits that I bet you never would have considered.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MAGNESIUM
- Aids in the absorption of calcium, to maintain healthy bone density and helps in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
- Benefits patients affected with Coronary Artery Disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, and arrhythmias.
- Magnesium supplements are recommended for athletes to prevent leg cramps and to help the body produce more energy.
- Relieves pain from injury and trauma.
- Natural sleep aid
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- May aid in the prevention and onset of Type 2 Diabetes.
- Reduce blood pressure levels.
- Prevent kidney stones and gallstones.
- Helps with effective stress management, constipation and migraine headaches.
- Helps regulate body temperature.
- Magnesium is very important in nerve conduction and its deficiency leads to increased nerve excitability that produces muscle spasms.
- Magnesium helps normalize breathing patterns in people with asthma by relaxing bronchial muscles to relieve the signs and symptoms of asthma like wheezing, breathlessness, and cough.
- Magnesium for women helps to reduce premenstrual symptoms. It particularly helps in relieving breast tenderness, bloating, insomnia, weight gain and swelling of legs.
For those who don’t want to take any extra supplements/vitamins/minerals I’ve complied a list of foods that are rich in magnesium. It’s simple! Just add these foods into your regular diet!!!
FOODS HIGH IN MAGNESIUM
- Soy, Squash & Pumpkin seeds
- Almonds, Cashews, Brazil & Pine Nuts
- Dark Leafy Greens
- Beans & Lentils
- Whole Grains
- Plain Yogurt
- Dark Chocolate
- Dried Figs
You can purchase Magnesium pills at the Vitamin Shoppe, Super Supplements, and GNC. Tablets are the most common way to introduce magnesium into your diet, but it also comes in a powder or liquid form. The powder is perfect if you’re a tea drinker – just toss & go!
Remember to read the ingredients and do your research when looking for Magnesium to purchase. There’s a ton of hidden nasty gems in those pill/powder bottles so beware! I am also happy to answer any questions you may have.
Lastly, a great way to introduce magnesium into your body and alleviate some of those aches and pains it to soak in an Epsom Salt bath!! Epsom salt is rich in magnesium and very easily absorbed through the skin.
Enjoy sleeping more, less muscle cramps & a stress free life!!