Wellness: Magnesium | Essential Minerals for Sauna
Magnesium is a supplement every one needs in their life, especially those of us who sauna regularly, to maintain an optimal balance of minerals & vitamins.
When we sweat, our bodies not only expel toxins but also essential minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, along with water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C and B-complex vitamins.
Magnesium is essential for energy production and is responsible for the optimal functioning of over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. These include protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, neurotransmitter function, cellular metabolism, blood pressure regulation, blood glucose control, muscle repair & exercise recovery.
So how can we tell if we are depleted in magnesium? Some common symptoms include;
- Muscle cramps
- Restless leg syndrome
- Insomnia or sleep disturbances
- Anxiety & depression
- PMS / Premenstrual cramps
- Poor memory and concentration
- Headaches / Migraines
There are various types of magnesium available and each form has its own therapeutic effect on the body. Make sure you read the labels correctly to ensure you are taking the correct form of magnesium for your condition.
Magnesium glycinate - Is a well absorbed form of magnesium it is used to promote sleep, assist with sleep duration, relaxation, headaches, PMS & cramping as it is bound to the nutrient glycine.
Magnesium L-theronate - Is often used for its potential brain benefits and may assist with conditions such as anxiety, depression, memory & cognition, Alzheimer's disease, and age-related memory loss.
Magnesium oxide - Is poorly absorbed by the body due to low solubility and is used primarily for its effectiveness as a laxative. This is a cheap form of magnesium and is used in many supermarket supplement brands.
Magnesium citrate - Is more bioavailable then magnesium oxide, it draws water into the bowel so can assist with constipation & is commonly prescribed in pregnancy.
Another beautiful way to increase magnesium levels in the body is through transdermal (topical application). These can be epsom salts, creams, oils & sprays.
We recommend taking a magnesium supplement prior to using a sauna. This will help replenish the essential minerals that are lost through perspiration during and shortly after your appointment.