The number one top supplement I prescribe to performers who come to my holistic health clinic is Magnesium.
A racer uses a car, a butcher uses a knife, a fisherman uses a rod.
A performer uses…
THE HUMAN BODY
We are all aware of the complex concoction of vitamins and minerals the body needs to be healthy, but there a few more important for the performer than Magnesium.
Magnesium is a crucially important mineral for optimal health, performing a wide array of biological functions, including:
Activating muscles and nerves
Creating energy in your body by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
Helping digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
Serving as a building block for RNA and DNA synthesis
It’s also a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin
I think you’ll agree that all these functions are imperative for a you as a performer! These days we focus too much on Calcium as we believe it is good for the bones, but it can have the opposite effect if it is not balanced with Magnesium.
“What happens is, the muscle and nerve function that magnesium is responsible for is diminished. If you don’t have enough magnesium, your muscles go into spasm. Calcium causes muscles to contract. If you had a balance, the muscles would do their thing. They’d relax, contract, and create their activity”
It is for this reason that we pull and strain muscles far more often that we ought to. In fact I believe muscle pulls, cramps, aches and strains should be incredibly rare for a performer, if at all! But they seem all to common among the patients I see. I am constantly working with people on their lower back ache, shoulder pains, neck aches and the rest.
Why Are You Magnesium Deficient?
Most people are magnesium deficient due our food being grown on depleted land. It is essential for most people to supplement, especially performers. Basically, almost any muscular pain, strain, pull, cramp, tightness or discomfort is most probably a Magnesium deficiency. Things that deplete Magnesium from the body are:
too much coffee, alcohol, salt and sugar
pharmaceutical and over the counter drugs
Signs Of Magnesium Deficiency Include…
loss of appetite
cramps, aches, pains
abnormal heart rhythms
How To Get Extra Magnesium In Your System?
One way to get extra Magnesium into your system is by taking regular Epsom Salt baths. Epsom Salt is a Magnesium Sulfate that can absorb into your body through your skin. These baths are AMAZING for performers as they not only get Magnesium into your system through your skin, but they are incredibly relaxing for one’s mood and muscles. If you are performing a lot I would recommend having and Epsom Salt and Lavender bath EVERY NIGHT when you get home as part of your wind down and body care ritual. I add 8 drops of lavender oil to mine for extra comfort and wind down. The impact on your physical body and mind is miraculous.
As I said above, supplementing with Magnesium is most probably absolutely non-negotiable as a performer, but it is important to address your Vitamin D, K2 and Calcium levels too. These four nutrients together perform a balletic dance in your bio-chemistry that keeps your body working at it’s optimum and if one is out of balance it can make you feel pretty rubbish.
What Supplement Should You Take?
With any supplements you take please ensure you source organic, food state, natural, bio-available products. Most high street brands will be synthetic and cheap and can cause more harm than good! I use CALCIUM MAGNESIUM for many of my clients, which is blended perfectly to give you the right ratio of Vitamin D, Calcium and Magnesium and various other minerals and herbs for good health and body function.
When performing, I recommend taking 2 tablets 3 times a day with food to stay on top of things – they are best taken after a few bites of food with every meal.
You do not need to live with aches, pains, strains and discomfort in your life and career. Us performers get so used to being in some kind of pain or discomfort that we end up believing “that’s just the way it is, that’s the life of a performer”. Well it isn’t, and I shall re-iterate…
YOU DO NOT NEED TO LIVE IN ANY KIND OF PAIN OR DISCOMFORT…EVER!
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