Coffee and alcohol steal Magnesium from you…did you know?

Don’t quit the good stuff…just add this bottle to your life.
Okay, let’s be honest: who here can’t start before a morning coffee, and loves to end the day with a cheeky glass of vino? We all do, yeah, YEAH? It’s the difference between being a fully-functioning, mostly capable adult and being a teary, tired, stressed mess for most of the day and night. There’s just one problem though: Magnesium deficiency.

Both caffeine and alcohol reduce the amount of magnesium in your body, which ain’t a good combo because magnesium is a super important mineral for your mental and physical well being. It’s actually the fourth most common mineral in your body, after sodium, calcium and potassium, so you really do need a boat load of it.

What happens when you lack Magnesium?

If you don’t have enough magnesium in your body, you can really feel it. Common symptoms include:

  • muscle cramps
  • muscle spasms or twitches
  • difficulty sleeping
  • feeling stressed
  • skin issues

On the other hand, if you abstain from coffee and alcohol you might be a cranky mess, and that’s not good for anyone.

How do coffee and alcohol affect Magnesium?

Because coffee is a diuretic, it causes your body to flush out magnesium quickly, meaning that your body doesn’t have enough time to properly break down the mineral and make the most of it. A study recently showed that people can be losing magnesium at higher levels than usual up to SIX HOURS after a coffee, which is six hours every day minimum that you aren’t making the most of it.

As far as alcohol goes, because it makes our organs work a bit slower (read: a little lazy) we aren’t able to break it down as effectively. It’s because of our pancreatic enzymes; we produce less of these when we have alcohol in our system, and they are one of the enzymes that help us to make the most of minerals like, magnesium.

Whats the best way to absorb Magnesium?

Studies show that the best way to absorb magnesium is through the skin (transdermally, for those of us who are scientifically minded.) Basically, if you can find a way to get magnesium into your skin, you’ve got a better chance of absorbing more of the good stuff. So, something like a topical oil spray OR a magnesium rich bath (like our Magnesium Chloride Bath Salts) is the most productive way to go about it. So, enjoy your glass of wine IN the bath- that should cancel it out, yeah?

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