Ask any athlete about their dietary requirements for safe & productive training and they are unlikely to think of Magnesium. Protein, iron, carbs…. But probably not one of the most essential of minerals, Magnesium.
Magnesium is vital for many 100’s of reactions in the body, including production of energy & normal heart function. When our levels are less than optimumthis can lead to reduced athletic performance, tiredness, less energy to train and also poor post exercise recovery. Magnesium deficiencies have also been associated with migraines, PMT, heart palpitations and constipation.
Magnesium is used up faster through sweating, and it can often be the mineral responsible for cramps and heat stroke, so it is easy to see why athletes in particular need to make sure they are getting enough.
Magnesium was once so readily found in our diet, but declining soil quality has lowered the natural levels in many of our foods. Add to this our excessive sugar intake, increased...