Is your Midlife Body Out of Whack? How's Your Magnesium?

One Tired Dog

I avoid delving into medical areas since I'm a layperson, but I want to share a few discoveries I made today related to magnesium and the midlife woman.

I was in my early 40s when chronic muscle stiffness began. When I mentioned it to doctors, it was dismissed.  I was told it is a natural result of exercise.  Yes, that is true but this was more than that.

I'd taken supplements over the years here and there but hadn't remained regular. Not knowing what any of them actually did was one reason. Cost was another.  Typically, most people don’t stay on their regimen long enough to see change.  And that was me.

Once I went on fairly steady doses of calcium—at least until the bottle was empty. I reported to my doctor my back pain had been relieved.  She dismissed it had anything to do with the supplements. Many doctors are clinically trained and not up on all the other alternative treatments there are. 

My new chiropractor mentioned I look at magnesium/calcium regarding the muscle pain, so I did a little more research. In a program I'm on to reset my hormones, it was also mentioned many midlife women are magnesium deficit. 

Magnesium and PMS

Today I found one website that says this:  
  • “Early research suggests that taking manganese along with calcium helps improve symptoms of PMS, including pain, crying, loneliness, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, mood swings, depression, and tension. Researchers aren’t sure whether the improvement is due to the calcium or the manganese.”
Wow, had I known that years ago, I probably would have been more diligent in taking it!

Menopausal Decrease of Magnesium

I also discovered magnesium decreases as a women's estrogen decreases. 
It’s important to stay on top of it because manganese is essential for regulating the metabolism, spine and bone health, and many other body processes.

I read that magnesium can also affect a woman’s sense of wellbeing, and low magnesium can be the cause of hot flashes, insomnia, fatigue, and heart palpitations.

I pray over my health, as I’m sure you do.  As we age, something new always seems to pop up to slow us down.  And sometimes God reveals what we need to know when we need to know it most.  As science continues to unravel the matrix of our complicated body systems, we can adopt those things that seem to speak to our situation.

Recommended Dosage

I’m glad I made this discovery about magnesium and now I’m going to ensure I have the suggested 400 to 800 mg a day (studies vary).  Of course, it needs calcium and Vitamin D3 to be fully effective. Research also suggests B vitamins (especially vitamin B6) promote the absorption of magnesium.

Of course, magnesium is found in much of the foods we consume.  It’s important our body get a steady supply so the combination of foods and supplements may be a good way to go.

Epsom Salts

People have suggested soaking my stiff muscles in Epsom salts.  The director of the detox program even states it.  But what they simply could have added, which I learned from a Dr. Oz video, is Epsom salts contain magnesium.  It is a topical way of getting the mineral into the body.  It is the mineral, not just the luxury bath, that relieves stiff muscles.  Until I discovered this, I had no clue of the power behind Epsom salts.


Now I see my body may have been screaming for magnesium for many years.  I’ve had metabolism issues and have been fighting weight gain since 40. I suffered with hot flashes and night sweats since age 45, peaking in my early 50s.  I lived through all the PMS symptoms listed above.  I’ve had chronic stiff muscles making me back away from enjoyable activities.

I probably do get a lot of magnesium from foods I eat, but I obviously need more.  I’m going to increase my intake and pray it relieves a sore spot on my spine, my stiff muscles and other aches and pains. 

Don’t just take my word for it.  Do your own research.  

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