Low in Magnesium?
Magnesium is essential for many biochemical reactions in the human body. Low levels of magnesium can result in muscle fatigue, insomnia, irritability and poor memory. These symptoms are usually the best indicator of a minor magnesium deficiency; blood tests can be inaccurate due to the low level of free magnesium stored in the blood. More significant symptoms of a magnesium deficiency that should be discussed with your GP include tingling, numbness, rapid heartbeat, hallucinations, vomiting and changes in personality.
Stress, alcohol and diet are commonly responsible for depleting magnesium stores. According to the National Institute of Health, a sustained deficiency can increase the risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, migraine, heart disease and osteoporosis.
Magnesium for Muscle Recovery & Rehabilitation
Strenuous exercise uses magnesium for muscle function, nerve function and the production of energy. It is important for magnesium stores to be replaced afterwards to aid recovery and reduce muscle aches. Foods rich in magnesium include leafy greens, nuts, fruit and soybeans. There are also oral supplements readily available at most health food stores. In severe cases magnesium will be given intravenously.
I had never heard of magnesium oil spray until last week when I met Harley Street Nutritionist Tautvile Sliazaite for coffee. The oil is specifically designed to be used for muscle and joint health and is better absorbed by the body through the skin than oral supplements! The body naturally absorbs magnesium through the skin when we swim in freshwater.
Tautvile warned me that if I was low in magnesium my skin would feel tingly and itchy when I used the spray, but would improve with use. Ideally spray after showering when the pores are open and skin absorption is optimal. Different brands have varying levels of magnesium so be sure to follow the guidance. I definitely noticed more tingling when I used the spray after a long day of skiing, and felt significantly less muscle aching the following morning.
I used this spray every evening after skiing and noticed fewer muscle aches, pains and stiffness the next day. It also improved symptoms of restless leg syndrome at night. I would definitely recommend magnesium oil spray as part of a muscle recovery routine including diet, hydration and adequate stretching. Remember that prehabilitation is just as important as rehabilitation so condition your muscles and joints beforehand to prevent injury and improve muscle recovery time.