Another reason to use magnesium: Sitting too much

Magnesium is extremely important to the human body and its metabolism. Physicians and nutrition experts agree on this. Additional intake of this mineral is especially recommended for those with diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and high blood pressure, for athletes involved in intensive sports, for pregnant women and nursing mothers, and for smokers and people who regularly drink alcohol.

Young woman at desk holding back in pain

"This doesn't apply to me!"

.. many may think at this point. "I eat a healthy diet, exercise moderately, and do not have any of the diseases listed above. Plus I don't smoke or drink!" Conversation over? No, not necessarily: Another problem that has gone unmentioned, but which drives up the magnesium requirement of the body: Long periods of sitting.

"Sitting a lot leads to an increased need for magnesium?"

Indeed, hard to imagine. Yet there are two good reasons why prolonged sitting -- for example, at the office desk -- increases the need for magnesium intake:

- Irritation of the autonomic nervous system
- Impaired digestion

When sitting for a long time, possibly staring at a screen, neck muscles tense up. This affects the statics of the cervical spine. Additionally, the nerve centers of the autonomic nervous system located next to the cervical spine become irritated, creating stress for the body. As a result, the body tenses up its muscles. Those who wear varifocal glasses suffer particularly from such a problem.

The middle thoracic spine and the pelvic area are also impaired by prolonged sitting. The nerves connected to the upper digestive organs, such as the stomach, pancreas, duodenum and gall bladder, run alongside the middle thoracic spine. Irritation of these areas may cause enzyme weakness, irritation of the stomach and intestines, peristalsis and constipation.

A third major area impaired by long periods of sitting is the base of the spine: the sacrum, the coccyx and the pelvic region. Weakness in this region leads to constipation and hemorrhoids.

Stress caused by sitting for long periods of time increases the need for magnesium. Simultaneously, possible impairment of digestion reduces the intake of magnesium from food.

Sitting too much is underestimated as stress factor. It is not for nothing that sitting has been called the new smoking. In any case, prolonged sitting is an important reason to increase intake of magnesium.

Massage with magnesium gel helps

My tip to you: Let your partner massage your tense neck and back muscles with magnesium gel. It not only relieves painful cramping, but also helps to make up for any magnesium deficiency. The same result can be achieved with a magnesium bath or magnesium foot bath.

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