In a recent post about insomnia BadHare mentioned how beneficial magnesium is for sleep and as a muscle relaxant. Magnesium deficiency is very common due to the soil being depleted of it and by poor diets and processed foods.
I was horrified to read that in the US 60% of the population do not get their RDA of it. The only supplement that I take is vitamin D at the end of winter. And last winter I had a cold, so I took my usual vitamin D tablet and had a poisoned headache later.
When we take vitamin D our bodies use magnesium to make use of the vitamin D so the headache was caused by self inflicted magnesium deficiency. I now have some chelated magnesium which I take if my muscles ache and I won’t take vitamin D without it as they work together. Another really good way of getting enough magnesium is magnesium oil, which’s magnesium flakes dissolved in water and I make my own as a bag of 1Kg magnesium flakes makes 2L of magnesium oil. I make it by boiling the kettle and adding 100ml boiling water to 100g magnesium flakes stir to dissolve leave to cool and put in a spray bottle and you literally spray it on your skin which absorbs it. Now stating the obvious this is really good if you strain a muscle as you can spray it directly so as well as sooting the aching muscle it is absorbed by the skin, so doesn't affect our gut. Magnesium oil is also great for our skin and hair as well.
Lastly magnesium is essential for our bodies to absorb calcium and a large proportion of society are deficient but its best to take a chelated one as a supplement and not magnesium oxide .