Most of us are not getting enough magnesium; in fact studies show that as many as 80% of us are deficient. And, to compound the matter, your blood test will not show a deficiency, if indeed you do have one.
Only 1% of the magnesium stored in your body is in your blood; therefore, obviously a true deficiency will not show on the test. There's a reason it's called the SILENT DIFICIENCY.
Most magnesium is stored in your bones and organs. Magnesium is a mineral used by every single organ... especially by your heart, muscles, and kidneys. If you are tired or weak without a good cause, if you have abnormal heart rhythms, muscle spasms or eye twitches, low levels of magnesium could be the culprit.
One clue is if you go to bed at night and your leg is twitching or your monkey brain will not shut off, there's a good chance you are not getting enough magnesium. I know this from experience.
The recommended daily amount for women is 310-320 mg and for men 400-420 mg. JUST KEEP IN MIND THAT THESE RDA's ARE THE BARE MINIMUM TO SUSTAIN LIFE. However, it's a good sleep-aid to take it just before bedtime.
To read more check out this book: MAGNESIUM MIRACLE by Dr. Carolyn Dean. She lists 22 diseases that magnesium deficiency causes or triggers.
There are several KINDS of magnesium and they differ in their absorption rates and the quantity of magnesium that is ACTUALLY in the supplement. Dr Mercola has EXCELLENT ARTICLES on magnesium: HERE'S ONE.
There's a chart that lists all the different types of magnesium and their pros/cons.
Magnesium can be taken as a supplement (tablet or powder), used in the bath (or foot bath) or used as a spray. Following is a HOW-TO make the spray.
How-to Magnesium Spray (this is typically called Magnesium OIL--I know, there's no oil in it. Go figure)
4 cups of magnesium chloride flakes and 2 cups hot water (SO SIMPLE!!)
Mix thoroughly and spray away. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse off. Some folks do not rinse it off and that's ok as long as you don't begin to itch. If you trend toward DRY SKIN you may want to go ahead and do the rinse.
OR if a BODY BUTTER sounds luscious and irresistible, here ya go:
How-to: Magnesium Body Butter
1/2 cup coconut oil 1/2 cup cocoa butter 1/4 c magnesium spray
Melt oil/butter in double boiler, remove from heat and add magnesium spray. Let cool then (here's the best part) WHIP!! Store in air-tight container. Apply to skin. Now THIS FEELS GREAT to even the driest skin. Shelf life: 6 months.
OR the absolute simplest way to UP your magnesium intake (besides popping a pill) is to take an EPSOM SALTS BATH. Pour 2 cups into a warm bath, RELAX and count your blessings!! This is a sure-fire way to get to sleep. :)