Magnesium is a mineral that is vital to the human body. It sustains the health of your heart and circulatory system, maintains your energy levels and keeps your bones strong. It helps to regulate levels of many key nutrients including calcium, zinc, potassium, copper and vitamin D.
Studies have shown magnesium deficiency may contribute to serious illnesses over time, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and migraine headaches. Considering what an important role this mineral plays in our overall health and well-being, it’s surprising that many people in the United States probably aren’t getting as much as they need. Here’s a look at the amounts suggested by the Food and Nutrition Board.
Recommended Daily Allowances for Magnesium
Age Male Female
Birth to 6 months 30 mg* 30 mg*
7–12 months 75 mg* 75 mg*
1–3 years 80 mg 80 mg
4–8 years 130 mg 130 mg
9–13 years 240 mg 240 mg
14–18 years 410 mg 360 mg
19–30 years 400 mg 310 mg
31–50 years 420 mg 320 mg
51+ years 420 mg 320 mg
While most people should probably incorporate more magnesium into their diet, a severe magnesium deficiency is not common as the kidneys regulate and safeguard this key mineral by limiting urinary excretion. Likewise, it’s also unlikely to overdose on magnesium because it will be excreted before levels are too high. There are, however, many illnesses and factors that can lead to magnesium deficiencies. These include:
Excessive soda or caffeine
High sodium intake
Heavy menstrual periods
Some symptoms of magnesium deficiency are:
Fatigue and low energy
Restless leg syndrome
High blood pressure
Diet is the most obvious way to get your recommended daily amount of magnesium. The mineral can be found in many foods, including whole grains, nuts, leafy greens, avocados and potatoes. It’s often added to breakfast cereals and fortified foods. There are also a wide range of oral supplements available.
But rather than the digestive system, magnesium is actually more easily absorbed through the skin. This makes flotation therapy an excellent option to increase your magnesium levels. Float tanks are filled with a highly dense solution of Epsom salt, which is a compound of magnesium and sulfate. While you float in this rich concentration, magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin.
Some of the many health benefits of magnesium that can be obtained through regular flotation therapy include:
Flushing of toxins
Relief from stress and anxiety
Increased energy levels
Relief from constipation
Prevention of migraine headaches
Improved cardiovascular health
Prevention of osteoporosis
Regulated levels of calcium, potassium and sodium
For more information on floating and the benefits of magnesium, contact H2Om Float in Jacksonville.