Magnesium Boosts Good Sleep
World Sleep Day is just gone by on 22nd of March. It is an annual event organised by the world association of sleep medicine. It is to emphasise the need for healthy sleep and to promote sleep disorder prevention.
For good sleep you need to eat healthy and essential nutrients with magnesium content in them. Magnesium is the fourth important mineral present in the body. Every part of our body from heart to bones needs magnesium to stay strong. About 50 per cent of it is stored in bones and the other half is located in tissues and organs.
Significance of magnesium in our body: Magnesium boasts of a number of relaxing properties that can help you fall asleep the moment you fall on the bed. Magnesium lowers anxiety, relieves headaches and reduces high blood pressure. Magnesium’s more important role is to help build endurance by increasing the body’s oxygen needs. It decreases blood glucose levels and risk of diabetes. It boosts immune system, which helps contract and relax the muscles and assists in the production of energy and protein in the body and improves the quality of your sleep.
If magnesium levels are low in your body, you get muscle cramps, poor sleep, chronic pain, fatigue, facial tics etc.
How to improve magnesium levels in the body: Eating magnesium rich foods is by far a more effective way to get this healthy nutrient in your body. It is found in so many different types of foods. Magnesium absorption is primarily affected by the quality of your diet. Nuts, carrots, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, fish whole grains, dark chocolate, kiwi fruits and bananas are all rich in magnesium.
Causes of low magnesium levels: Keep a watch on your intake and lifestyle which may affect the magnesium levels in the body.
If you are eating a balanced diet and drinking carbonated drink with your meals, you flush out magnesium out of your system. This is because these drinks contain phosphates, which actually bind magnesium in the digestive tract rendering it unavailable to the body. The increase in the consumption of carbonated drinks is responsible for both reduced magnesium and calcium levels in the body.
Refined sugar as such does not contain any magnesium and at the same time eating these products causes the body to excrete magnesium through kidneys. The more sweet foods and processed baked foods you have in your diet the more likely you are deficient of magnesium in the body.
Kidneys control the magnesium levels in the body which filter and excrete the excess magnesium and other minerals in the body. Caffeine causes the kidneys to excrete the extra magnesium regardless of the body’s status.
Stressful conditions lead to more usage of magnesium by the body and such conditions lead to deficiency.
Alcohol intake also contributes to decrease efficiency of digestive system and contribute to low magnesium levels.
So get rid of insomnia by taking care of magnesium levels in the body, get good sleep and enjoy healthy life.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna