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Whether genetically predisposed or just plain stressed out, people develop tics for a variety of reasons. Many times tics and twitches are transitory, while during other seasons they last for months on end. It might seem impossible to keep involuntary spasms at bay, but there is a potential solution many people don’t know about. It’s called Magnesium.

What is Magnesium?

Magnesium (Mg) just might be the most overlooked mineral in one’s diet. It’s crucial for over 300 different chemical reactions in your body, including maintaining energy level, promoting relaxation, and sustaining the health of one’s heart and blood vessels. High magnesium foods include dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dried fruit, dark chocolate, and more.

Are You Magnesium Deficient?

In most of the developed world, people are magnesium deficient and don’t even know it. The deficiency can often show up I the form of a tic or body spasm (often occurring in the eye and neck region).

How to Test for Magnesium Deficiency

Start with asking your doctor for basic blood work. You can also begin by eating foods rich in magnesium as well as start looking at supplements and other over the counter forms of magnesium.

Magnesium Supplements and Products

  • Magnesium Citrate: For optimum magnesium absorption, it’s advised to purchase a Magnesium Citrate blend (calcium helps absorb the magnesium, so double the calcium to magnesium – 2 to 1 – works best). The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of magnesium for young adults is around 400 mg/day for men and 310 mg/day for women. For adults over 30, the RDA is 420 mg/day for men and 320 mg/day for women.
  • Magnesium Cream: Using a topical cream is a fast, albeit more expensive, way to absorb more magnesium in the body. There are many natural products available on the market.
  • Magnesium Oil: This works best when rubbed or sprayed on. After 30 minutes, it’s advised to shower off the oil. (Note: Some users find that it leaves their skin feeling a bit dry and patchy. In these cases, it’s best to use sparingly and work up to it.)
  • Magnesium Bath Crystals/Epsom Salt: Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to reduce tics and twitches. Best results occur with two cups in a bath tub of warm water for 20 minutes.

Can You Overdose on Magnesium?

Anything is possible, so like any over-the-counter medication, people should do their homework and check with a healthcare professional. The main reported side-effect of magnesium, however, is loose stools. It’s advised not to take it on loose stomach to avoid nausea.

Many people find that once they have more magnesium in their bodies, their energy improves along with a heightened sense of well-being, relaxation, less stress and less pain which also alleviates tics.

In cases where tics are severe and present other symptoms, be sure to see a doctor. It could be that treatment with prescribed medication is required. And always check with to see how you can save on any medication, for you and all the family.