Do you know if you are genetically predisposed to have a magnesium deficiency? It's not only dietary and lifestyle choices that could be affecting your body's magnesium levels. Influences such as genetics, pregnancy and excessive stress can all play a part. As magnesium is involved in over 300 of our body's biochemical reactions, it's so important we have enough in our systems.
How genetics can affect magnesium levels
According to Elektra Magnesium, approximately 10% of the population are genetically predisposed to excessive magnesium loss and/or the impaired ability to digest and absorb magnesium from their diet. This can be caused by a genetic variation in intestinal or kidney functioning which impacts the metabolism of magnesium. If you find that you tend to be low in magnesium despite consuming similar amounts to others, it could in fact be down to your genetics.
How stress can affect magnesium levels
Did you know that stress can also affect your magnesium levels? According to Elektra Magnesium, excessive stress (both mental and physical) can cause magnesium loss. Excessive physical stress can be caused by shift work, chemical exposure, lack of sleep, excessive exercise or extreme weather. Large amounts of alcohol and nutritional deficiencies can also cause high levels of stress on the body.
What are the different types of magnesium products?
Magnesium bath flakes
One of the most popular forms of magnesium are pure magnesium chloride flakes, these can be added to your bath. We love the Elektra Magnesium Mineral Salt Flakes which are sourced from Tibetan Salt Water and contain over 16% elemental magnesium.
Magnesium Sprays & Gels
Containing a concentration of magnesium chloride in a the handy spray or roll on, these sprays are ideal for travelling or for those without a bathtub. I like to take mine to the gym and spray on my legs after a run on the treadmill.
Magnesium creams and moisturisers
These can be designed for the body or the face and provide hydration and moisture to dry skin.