Lisa Caulfield

By Lisa Caulfield

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Unleash the Power of Magnesium

Working in a health store gives me a great opportunity to learn about and try many great supplements, foods and beauty products. Today, I would like to tell you all about magnesium. First of all, let me tell you about how important it is for optimal health and wellbeing. It is an essential nutrient responsible for over 300 functions in the body. Your body requires adequate amounts to help maintain healthy bones and teeth, and for normal functioning of muscles and the nervous system.

By adding magnesium to your diet, you are guarding against and helping to reduce threats such as heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression and asthma to name but a few.

Unfortunately, many of us are unknowingly deficient in this essential mineral. There are many noticeable signs of magnesium deficiency such as anxiety, irritability, muscle spasms, restless legs syndrome, constipation and insomnia, yet magnesium deficiency is often overlooked and rarely tested.

Why is deficiency so common? There are a few reasons. The first being that most of us are not eating enough magnesium rich foods. It can be found in dark green vegetables like kale, broccoli and spinach. It can also be found in seeds and nuts, especially pumpkin seeds, almonds and Brazil nuts. Also, because of modern farming practices, foods which should be rich in magnesium are often seriously lacking nutritionally. If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of a deficiency such as insomnia, anxiety, or cramps, it may be a good idea to consider a magnesium supplement.

The most effective way to get magnesium into your system fast and effectively is through your body’s largest organ - the skin! This is known as “dermal absorption”. The skin is porous and has millions of tiny openings through which substances can be absorbed directly into the body. This delivery method is becoming more popular for food supplementation because it is really effective and convenient for people.

The “BetterYou” range of magnesium is a real favourite with Evergreen customers! They are available in convenient spray bottles and flakes ideal for baths and foot soaks. The best time to apply the sprays is when your skin is slightly warm after a shower or bath. Simply spray and rub it in for a moment, it may tingle for a few minutes, but this is the magnesium working its way down to your muscles and tissues. If you have pain in a certain area, such as the legs or abdomen, be sure to spray it directly onto that area.  After less than a week of using the spray from BetterYou, I felt more energised and calmer and I found that I was sleeping much better. Maybe you will too!