Exhaustion is a terrible feeling that seeps over into every area of your life. But did you know that if you go to a doctor in France with a complaint like feeling tired all the time, the first thing they will advise you to do is take a quality supplement that contains magnesium? They’ll also suggest that you drink bottled water with added magnesium or coconut water – which is rich in this anti-inflammatory master mineral.
Not only does taking this mineral every day make you feel as though exhaustion is a thing of the past it makes you feel much clearer and less sluggish, you sleep better and are generally more calm and less stressed. And, if you feel good, you look better too.
High magnesium foods include; dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dried fruit, coconut water and dark chocolate. You can also drink bottled mineral water with added magnesium. A glass of Badoit’s naturally carbonated water with a few slices of fresh lemon is a good swap if you like fizzy drinks and have trouble drinking the recommended amount of water every day. It also has the added benefit of giving you clearer skin and helping to wash out toxins.
When they are feeling a touch of exhaustion and have an event to attend, A-list stars often use a trick which French women have known about for years; they have a bath the night before with a cup of Epsom Salts in warm water, along with a few drops of pepper scented essential oil. Epsom salts help you get rid of water retention because they are rich in magnesium and easily absorbed through the skin. They also dissolve aches and pains and help you get a lovely, restorative night’s sleep.
There are a number of reasons why people are so low in this essential mineral; stress can cause magnesium deficiency. And worse, if your body is low in magnesium, it makes your body more stressed. Studies have shown that the nasty hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which our bodies produce when we are stressed or anxious, are linked to decreased magnesium.
Caffeine causes our kidneys to flush magnesium out of our bodies, so if you’re drinking lots of tea and coffee every day then the likelihood is that you’re low on magnesium.
Whilst eating a balanced diet is always a good idea if you want to feel great, sometimes it’s hard fitting in every single nutrient our body needs, so supplementing with magnesium ensures that you’re getting the correct daily amount. You can also buy magnesium sprays, which are wonderful to use in summertime when we tend to sweat magnesium out during our sleep.
If you’re still feeling exhausted don’t forget the importance of taking regular me time and prioritising self-care. Even if you can’t face it do try to force yourself into some gentle exercise each morning which will help your body to produce some feel great endorphins and cut back on alcohol and refined sugars – which give a temporary lift but then a crash later on. Meditation and yoga would be a safer bet for end of day happiness and energy fix.