In our last post we introduced the topic of magnesium as the fitness mineral, and we shared the top four things everyone who exercises should know about magnesium,
Today, we’ll be drilling down on the first topic: magnesium for energy.
Fans of Natural Calm magnesium citrate know it as the anti-stress drink that lets you sleep. So, it may come as a surprise that magnesium is essential for energy – and it’s not what you might think.
Yes, better sleep does translate into more energy, but magnesium actually works to facilitate energy at a cellular level. Here’s how:
“ATP, created in mitochondria, is the main source of energy in our cells, and it must be bound to a magnesium ion (MgATP) in order to be biologically active. This is likely the most important function of magnesium, because ATP is made in each of the 100 trillion cells in our body.” (from The Magnesium Miracle, by Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Kindle version page 123)
Magnesium enables your cells to produce energy. And because it is one of the hardest-working, and according to Dr. Dean “by far the most important nutrient in the body” (Kindle version page 105), magnesium also relaxes nerves and muscles, and facilitates production of melatonin, the sleep hormone (Kindle version page 284).
Many of us live through daily cycles of fatigue and tense excitability. Our periods of ‘energy’ are fuelled by caffeine, or by our own stress-induced ‘fight or flight’ response.
True, healthy energy is something different. It’s calm, relaxed and consistent. Healthy energy is there when you need it.
Sound unfamiliar? You may be suffering from fatigue. Dr. Dean explains that fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of magnesium deficiency (Kindle version page 258).
Fatigue, of course, is an exercise killer. When you’re fatigued, do you choose one of the following?
- Quit exercising, lose the exercise-high, the health benefits, and feel worse.
- Drag yourself through the motions, mind-over-matter. Suffer through a subpar workout and grow to resent exercise.
- Get pumped up on caffeine to exercise, knowing you’ll crash later in the day (or worse, not sleep).
For steady, reliable energy, you need to get your magnesium back in balance. The good news is, Natural Calm has helped millions address symptoms of magnesium-deficiency, including fatigue.
Check out our Magnesium 101 post for everything you need to know about correcting a magnesium deficiency for energy and total health. And stay tuned for our next post on magnesium for lactic acid!
Carolyn Dean, MD, ND. The Magnesium Miracle (Updated and Revised).