From the Desk of Dr. Len
Magnesium for Post Workout Recovery
Dr. Len Lopez – Wednesday, December 18, 2013
After a good hard workout and you and your muscles are feeling tight and tired one of the best thing you can feed your body is magnesium. This all important mineral is crucial in helping your body relax and unwind after an intense workout. Plus it’s also vitally important in energy production.
Magnesium has been shown to be involved in over 300 chemical reactions but the number one reason you want it after a workout is that it helps relax those tight muscles. Calcium and potassium are needed to help the muscle contract – it’s magnesium that allows those muscles to relax.
The fact that so many people are taking too much calcium in proportion to magnesium isn’t helping the problem. So after a good hard workout and you are ready to start letting your body relax and recover, magnesium would be one of those must have nutrients.
Magnesium is a vaso-dilator, meaning hit helps relax and open up your cells. So if you are dealing with blood pressure or any asthma type issues the goal is to keep those arteries and bronchial tubes open, which is what magnesium does.
Don’t forget, magnesium, like potassium, sodium and calcium are electrolytes and are lost as you sweat, so it is important to replenish this important mineral. I like using it throughout the day, but mostly after a good workout or in the evening to help my mind and body relax.
Did I say mind? You see magnesium is great for anxiety, because it has a calming effect on our brain and is another reason why I suggest taking it in the evening to help you relax and go to sleep at night.
FYI…Epson salt baths are a great way of replenishing magnesium, because that is all that is in an Epsom salt bath. Osmosis is a wonderful thing. Usually two cups of Epsom salt and one cup of baking soda to moisten your skin will do the trick.
Last but not least…Energy Production. You can’t produce energy (ATP) without magnesium so make sure you load up on magnesium before your next workout. Otherwise the good hard workout you are hoping to have may not be there because you are running low on magnesium. This is also one of the best reasons why so many people struggling with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia do so well on magnesium.
With an estimated 75% of the population deficient in magnesium, keep in mind that all magnesium is the same. The better choices are the glycinate, malate, citrate, and lactate forms. Stay away from magnesium oxide, it is a cheap, poorly absorbed form of magnesium that works better as chalk. I like Liquid Minerals because they are ionic in nature, meaning they are already in a higly absorb-able form.
Hope that helps.