Magnesium: The Forgotten Nutrient 

Magnesium has gained a little bit more attention recently however, not nearly as much as it   deserves. We often think about calcium, iron, vitamin C and now Vitamin D but many of the other essential nutrients get lost. Magnesium is absolutely essential for so many physiological processes in the body (which I will explain in this article) yet it doesn’t seem to be on our radar. I’m going to take you through why magnesium is so essential, where you can get it and let you into a few of my top tips for increasing your intakes through your beauty regimes. 

1.Role in metabolism - magnesium is required for over 300 metabolic processes within the body.  Among a whole host of roles these include: energy production, usage and storage, protein synthesis, reproduction and DNA synthesis. 

2.Heart function - magnesium is essential for heart contractions and blood flow around thebody. Chronic low levels of magnesium have been associated with cardiovascular disease risk including stroke and high blood pressure. 

3.Muscular contraction - similarly to its role on the heart, this nutrient is required for muscular contraction and nerve conduction. It also helps to support muscle recovery after exercise. 

4.Type 2 diabetes - one of the roles which magnesium plays in metabolism is regulating blood glucose and insulin. It also helps to regulate the amount of glucose within the cells. Consequently some research has suggested that low levels of magnesium can increase the riskof type 2 diabetes. 

Its not all bad news though as magnesium is present in many dietary sources, you just need to ensure you’re consuming these foods: nuts, legumes, whole grains, leafy greens, avocados, figs and even dark chocolate. 

What’s more is that I promised you my top beauty tip... *drum roll please*... Epsom salt baths are an amazing way to get magnesium into your body. The magnesium in the Epsom salts is absorbed through your skin. I recommend bathing in Epsom salts 1-2 times a week for around 20 minutes. Be aware not to have these baths in the morning or when you’re up early the next day because they make you sleepy... This isn’t a bad thing though as you’ll sleep like a baby afterwards.