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:

Diabetes
Pancreatitis
Gastrointestinal disease
Kidney disease
Hypothyroidism
Taking diuretics
Excessive soda or caffeine
Alcohol dependency
High sodium intake
Excessive sweating
Heavy menstrual periods
Prolonged stress

Some symptoms of magnesium deficiency are:

Fatigue and low energy
Muscle cramps
Muscle spasms
Muscle weakness
Numbness
Anxiety
Depression
Sleep problems
Restless leg syndrome
Constipation
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:

Pain relief
Flushing of toxins
Improved sleep
Relief from stress and anxiety
Increased energy levels
Better digestion
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.