Recently, I found an amazingly simple way to improve athletic performance and reduce fatigue, occasional cramping, and the joint soreness that goes along with exercise. You may know how soothing it is to sit and soak in a bath of Epsom salts. Why is that? Magnesium sulphate, otherwise known as Epsom salt, is amazingly powerful in drawing out the acids that stiffen joints and muscles.
Magnesium relaxes the body because of its alkalizing properties. It calms the nerves and makes the body more flexible, toning and relaxing the tendons, ligaments, joints, tissues, and muscles. Magnesium is powerful in its ability to regulate the amount of calcium required to maintain a steady heartbeat. It prevents spasms of the coronary artery and inhibits the formation of blood clots. Many studies have shown that older folks whose magnesium intake is low have a higher incidence of heart disease. This naturally makes sense, since all the muscles, including the heart, are affected by magnesium intake. Additionally, studies have found that animals with the lowest levels of magnesium have accelerated levels of aging.
When it comes to physical performance, magnesium is vital. This is due to magnesium’s role in muscle contraction and energy metabolism. Magnesium is quickly lost through perspiration, and therefore it is common for researchers to note magnesium deficiencies in athletes. Sleeplessness, headaches, nervousness, forgetfulness, mood shifts, stiff muscles, and temper are all signs of a magnesium deficiency.
If for some reason your strength and performance are down, you might want to look at the connection to magnesium intake.
In one study cited by the Exercise and Sport Science Lab in Seattle, WA, non-athletes were divided into two groups and put on an exercise program; the group receiving 507 mg of magnesium per day for two weeks had a 26 percent increase in strength. This was believed to be because of magnesium’s effect on improving protein metabolism and muscle growth.
Personally, I’ve been having some awesome weight workouts, and my diary is now peppered with new personal records. I can attribute much of this to the unique way I take magnesium. I spray magnesium oil on the muscle group I’ll be working in the gym that day. It is absorbed transdermally by the muscles during my workout. The first time I sprayed it on my muscles, I experienced minor itching on the surface of my skin, much like the flush from when you consume too much niacin. I’m told the reason for that was because my body needed to replenish its magnesium stores. I haven’t had the tickling since. However, my strength increases are noticeable.
If you choose not to supplement with magnesium, either with the oil or in capsule form, you can still get it from foods such as nuts, seeds, whole grains, and berries. While my diet is rich in these foods, my physical demands have prompted me to use magnesium oil for its amazing benefits. Freedom from joint pains, fatigue, and muscle cramps that often plague folks who exercise are only some of the amazing benefits you’ll receive from magnesium. Not only does it reduce blood pressure, but it reduces the effects of aging quite dramatically.
Why not give this life-giving mineral a closer look?