Rest legs syndrome is an uncomfortable sensation in your legs, where you have an irresistible urge to move your legs to relieve the symptoms. The condition causes itchy legs, pins and needles, creepy crawly feeling in the legs, throbbing muscles, and a cramping sensation (particularly in the calves ). The symptoms of restless leg syndrome typically worsen during the early evening or later at night. This condition is most prevalent when you are extremely tired or after strenuous physical activity. It is also a common cause of insomnia as the condition is most prevalent at night. Many of us will experience RLS at some stage. In fact, 10 per cent of the population suffer from RLS. Research has indicated that low levels of magnesium have been linked to poor sleep and RLS.
Magnesium for relief
Magnesium is such an important mineral for your overall health and wellbeing. Your body needs adequate levels of magnesium for optimal performance. This essential nutrient is responsible for more than 300 functions within the body. The body requires magnesium to help maintain healthy bones and teeth. Magnesium also plays an important role in helping the body’s muscles and nervous system to function normally. Magnesium can also help to relieve muscle tension, aid skeletal strength, promote skin health, increase energy levels, and improve joint flexibility.
Sources of magnesium
Magnesium can be found in dark green vegetables like kale, broccoli, and spinach. It can also be found in seeds and nuts, especially pumpkin seeds, almonds, and Brazil nuts. If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of magnesium deficiency such as insomnia, anxiety, or cramps, it may be a good idea to consider a magnesium supplement. The most effective way to get magnesium into your system fast and effectively is through your body’s largest organ — the skin. This is known as dermal absorption. The skin is porous and has millions of tiny openings through which substances can be absorbed directly into the body. This delivery method is becoming more popular for food supplementation because it is really effective and convenient for people.
Relax and unwind
The best time to apply a magnesium spray is when your skin is slightly warm after a shower or bath. Simply spray and rub it in for a moment, it may tingle for a few minutes, but this is the magnesium working its way down to your muscles and tissues. If you have pain in a certain area, such as the legs or abdomen, be sure to spray the magnesium directly onto that area. The magnesium flakes are ideal for both baths and foot soaks. The flakes offer a super relaxing experience, while also providing your body with essential levels of magnesium.
The complete range of BetterYou magnesium products is currently 25 per cent off in all Evergreen stores and online (www.evergreen.ie ). If you have any questions about these products call into your local Evergreen Healthfoods.