So if I were a Superhero I'd be the Hulk. Imagine being able to transform and have ultimate strength as your power? No longer would bottles of sauce beat me. However, in real life muscle building is nasty business Mr. Potter. Magnesium is the friend of anyone serious about not only building muscle, but certainly about recovery and getting the most out of their sessions.
How can magnesium boost muscle recovery?
Do you struggle with muscle cramps, or find you aren’t recovering as quickly as you used to? Then Magnesium may be what helps take your training to the next level.
Magnesium is an essential nutrient to keep the body healthy. Yet, most people have a magnesium deficiency. People that exercise are prone to experiencing this. During exercise we lose water and magnesium through sweat. Therefore, we deplete our magnesium levels, resulting in fatigue, cramps, muscle spasms and soreness.
Magnesium is involved in hundreds of metabolic process including:
- Aiding the body to process protein storage which helps with muscle growth and recovery.
- Acting as a natural calcium blocker assisting muscle relaxation
- Magnesium helps relieve muscles cramps and stiffness after exercise.
- Improves oxygen intake which is essential for good cell development, circulation and energy levels.
- Magnesium also acts as an anti-inflammatory, making it a great supplement for reducing any swelling, joint pain and post- workout inflammation.
So how can you improve your magnesium levels to help with muscle recovery?
There are plenty of FOODs rich in magnesium that you can add into your diet day to day. Spinach is one of the best-known sources. However, Magnesium is also found in pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews and buckwheat. Foods high in fibre often have plenty of magnesium.
SUPPLEMENTS are one of the easiest ways to get more magnesium as it can be hard to get enough just from foods alone.
TROPICAL TREATMENT such as magnesium creams or sprays which you put directly onto the affected muscle or our personal favourite a warm bath filled with magnesium salt! Our Float tanks have around 400kg of epsom salt in them - a great way to boost those magnesium levels!
So if you're feeling sore and sorry for yourself perhaps it is time to add some magnesium to your diet!