Frame-O-Pedia Friday: Magnesium

By Jayne Robinson

Last week’s Frame-O-Pedia Friday went down so well we have decided to hit you with another… Inspired by one of the great products we stock in the Frame Shop.

Cue Magnesium. This one is for our Box-Fitters, our Frame Lifters, HIIT PTers and all-around fitness fanatics – read on for how this single element can improve muscle recovery and reduce soreness.

We just love working up a good old sweat at Frame… It stimulates the production of those feel-good chemicals endorphins and some claim sweating can also rid the body of toxins. While it’s true a good workout can do wonders for a hangover, the reality is only a tiny amount of toxins are lost through sweat. What we do lose, however, is magnesium.

Magnesium doesn’t get as much airtime as minerals like calcium or iron do, but you might be surprised to hear that over 300 bodily functions rely on magnesium, and it is the single most important mineral for sports nutrition.

The low down:

It enables you to work harder for longer: Magnesium is a vital component in the process of converting the carbohydrates and fats you consume into the energy you need to exercise.

It improves your overall strength and flexibility:Magnesium plays a fundamental role in both muscle contraction and relaxation.

It speeds up your recovery after exercise: Magnesium helps reduce inflammation, muscle cramps and soreness.

What’s more, magnesium deficiency can also lead to a host of common problems like depression, insomnia, anxiety, PMS, fatigue, migraines and muscle cramps… Sound familiar? Research shows many people do not get enough magnesium in their diets and low magnesium levels can actually cause more sweating… Argh, a vicious circle!

What’s the bottom line? Duh, you need some Mg in your life, stat. We love Better You’s Magnesium Oil and Magnesium Flakes, which both contain pure magnesium chloride sourced from the ancient Zechstein Sea. Simply spray on or soak in, and you’re well on the road to natural recovery.

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