For the past 18 months, I have lived and died by this mineral. Fortunately, I found plenty of ways to get this into my body. In fact, if I hadn’t found this mineral, which I have talked about in previous posts, then this week could have been hell for me. This was one of the toughest workout weeks of my life. The following was my schedule:
Wednesday – Bike 27 miles
Thursday – Swim 1.2 miles
Friday – Run 30 minutes
Saturday – Bike 100 miles
Sunday – Run 15 miles
With just two weeks to go for my race, the Ironman Chattanooga, I am making sure I am doing everything possible to stay healthy, recover fast, and keep my mineral balance in check.
Would you like to guess the mineral – if you are a regular blog reader??? M______________
If you said magnesium, you are absolutely right. I make sure to constantly get this into my body. On Saturday, when I did my 100-mile bike ride, I put magnesium lotion on my legs before and after my ride, and then took a 20-minute magnesium salt bath after my ride. Before I went to bed, I dissolved a spoonful of natural calm magnesium in a cup of water.
When I woke up on Sunday to run 2.5 hours, I felt great and ready to move.
Magnesium is a mineral NOT produced by the body, which is why it’s so important to get an abundant amount, especially for those who regularly workout. Magnesium helps with many processes within the body and by being deficient can create a slowed down response and decreased muscle performance.
Research has shown that 70% of people are deficient in magnesium, which is why it’ll be important to begin loading up on it.
Here are the sources I use for magnesium and the bath flakes. I use it in my daughter’s bath as it helps her relax before bed, and calm’s her muscles.
1) Ancient Minerals Magnesium Spray
2) Life-flo Pure Magnesium Flakes
3) Natural Calm Magnesium
If you are looking for food sources, then check out the following (with the suggested amounts):
Pumpkin seeds (roasted)- 532
Almonds – 300
Brazil nuts- 225
Sesame seed – s200
Walnuts – 158
Spinach – 80
Broccoli – 30
Note: (Milligrams per 100 grams).
* Source: USDA nutrient database.