Magnesium: A Master Mineral for Athletes

When it comes to losing fat, building muscle, and feeling healthy, many things have to be aligned. We hear about the importance of sleep, recovery, a nutrient-dense diet, and your training, but have you ever thought about your sweat?

Not too many do, yet all of us who exercise regularly often sweat (and a lot - especially in the summer!) Sweating is good and normal, but losing key minerals that are vital to your health progress is not!

A majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium. This powerhouse mineral is primarily excreted from our bodies through sweat. So, unfortunately, those of us who train are at a higher risk of losing it rather quickly.

Magnesium plays a critical role in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. Its most important function is energy production. It is also essential to protein synthesis, used in synergy with dozens of other vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and enzymes, and in transmitting nerve signals and regulating calcium. 


Magnesium Makes Muscles

Magnesium is intimately involved in efficient muscle function. The mechanisms include oxygen uptake, electrolyte balance, and energy production. Magnesium relaxes muscles and balances calcium, which contracts muscles, working together to make muscles work properly.

Athletes take note: Magnesium is lost in sweat but not replenished by the normal electrolyte replacement drinks. Strenuous exercise can increase urinary and sweat losses that may increase magnesium requirements by 10-20%.  Furthermore, there is evidence that marginal magnesium deficiency impairs exercise performance and amplifies the negative consequences of strenuous exercise (e.g., oxidative stress). Ensuring your magnesium levels stay sufficient will ultimately help eliminate muscle cramps, lactic-acid build up, stalled fat loss, aches and pains, and poor recovery. 


Topical Magnesium

We purposefully formulated our Lineage Daily Balance Cream with magnesium. We wanted you to be able to bathe and feed your body to support its performance and recovery. The magnesium passes directly into the tissue via the skin, where it should quickly be transported to cells throughout the body and replenishing cellular magnesium levels. 

Recent European and American studies have shown that magnesium absorption is 6 times more effective by the dermal route than by the oral route. 

Transdermal magnesium has been scientifically shown to replace the magnesium lost through sweat and the accelerated metabolism of intense activity faster than a digestive form. Further, because topicals do not have to cross the digestive system (where they can be diluted), many of the common drawbacks of oral use are avoided.

Magnesium Deficiency & Sport

After 60 minutes of sports, magnesium:

  • Excretes through sweat & urine
  • Repair processes in the muscle 

Magnesium Deficiency= decreased performance

Take in magnesium after a workout!

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We recently used our Lineage Daily Balance after a long gravel bike ride, a hot yoga session, and a tough summer hike. How about you?


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