If you a person that exercises regularly and especially if you are following a strenuous workout, then you are well aware of the fact that the body needs to be well-hydrated. These exercises sometimes can cause muscle pain, and because of that an ingredient like magnesium can do wonders for your body and skin.
Aside the fact that you should intake magnesium in order to keep optimal health, you can as well as use it topically and thus relieve the muscle pain caused by various training.
The importance of magnesium
Magnesium is a vital mineral which each body cell needs as if they are lack of it they cannot produce energy and the muscles will remain in a state of permanent contraction. As a result of that the body cannot adjust the produced cholesterol levels which are released into the bloodstream.
On the other hand, magnesium ions regulate over 300 biochemical reactions in the body because they act as enzymatic cofactors. They are a key part in the reactions that generate and use ATP which is a fundamental unit of energy in the body cells. This mineral affects the whole body due to its cellular and molecular function.
Health Benefits of Magnesium:
Lowers the risk of diabetes
Regulates the metabolism of nutrients like fats, proteins, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates
Supports blood circulation
Relieves inflammation and promotes the healing process
Incites the absorption of vitamin D
Maintains the health of the bones
Contributes to muscle relaxation and heart health
Keeps energy levels
This mineral is essential for the body and its presence can help in health issues like asthma, headaches, muscle spasms, diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis and neurological disorders like anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Nowadays, more people are lacking this mineral in the body due to the modern standard diet which does not provide the body with the needed amounts of magnesium.
Topical Use of Magnesium
This use of magnesium is very efficient as through the porous skin the mineral enters our body and thus quickly enjoys all the benefits that magnesium can offer. As per a performed study by Dr. Norman Shealy of the American Holistic Medical Association, the topical use of magnesium is much better than the oral one. Namely, in this study the participants soaked their feet in magnesium flakes and magnesium oil, and 75% of them showed a substantial increase in their magnesium levels.
Magnesium is of utmost importance for the muscles so that they can properly contract and relax thereby protecting them from spasms and general feelings of muscle weakness. It helps the body to produce essential proteins for the development and repair of muscles. Plus, it greatly assists in the production and distribution of energy in the body.
Therefore, we strongly recommend the topical use of magnesium and for that purpose we suggest he following recipe of magnesium body butter. It will efficiently moisturize your skin, soothe the sore muscles, and in addition to this it can act as a natural sunscreen.
Recipe of DIY Magnesium Body Butter
In order to obtain the body butter, first you need to prepare the magnesium oil and after that include the rest of the ingredients.
Preparation of Magnesium Oil
3 tablespoons of boiling water
Half a cup of magnesium flakes
Instructions: In a suitable container pour the boiling water and then add the magnesium flakes. Stir them till they are completely dissolved.
Magnesium Body Butter
Half a cup of magnesium oil
A quarter cup of avocado oil
3 tablespoons of shea butter
Instructions: In a saucepan pour some water and then place it on heat. Once it reaches its boiling point, lower the heat and then place in it a pyrex bowl so that to make a bain-marie. In it melt the ingredients except for the magnesium oil. Once they are melted and nicely mixed, leave it to cool off, and then add the magnesium oil. Place the butter in the fridge for about 15 minutes, and after that period of time it is ready for use.
The benefits of the used ingredients:
This oil is packed with valuable substances like plenty of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that can make the skin elastic, toned and smooth. Plus, it soothes the itching, moisturizes dry skin, heals chapped skin, restores and protects the skin from the ultraviolet rays.
Shea butter has in its content triterpenes that show anti-inflammatory activity that lowers the inflammation of the joints meanwhile improving the blood circulation.
Additionally, shea butter contains a natural substance called stigmasterol which shows anti-stiffness property thanks to which it relaxes tired muscles and alleviates muscle pain and tension.