January seemed to last 478 days but in fact February 2 marks only the midpoint of winter. I feel like telling February THANKS WE'RE GOOD WE'LL PICK IT UP FROM MARCH INSTEAD.
But that's not an option so let's make sure we've got our winter survival kit in order: Get your daily vitamin D and B12, sleep as much as you goddamn want, don't be so hard on yourself, get your flu shot if you haven't already, and make sure you're getting enough magnesium.
Magnesium will help you sleep better, recover from workouts, and it can lower your risk for depression (hello, winter blues). It also contributes to a healthy insulin levels. The recommended daily amount is 400mg, but the average American doesn't eat enough mag-rich foods (dark leafy greens and seeds) to get there, so that's why we supplement.
Unfortunately magnesium supplements can give some people gastrointestinal issues. So now we have magnesium creams and oils (you can make magnesium oil by dissolving one part magnesium flakes in one part water). And people are going EXTRA with the stuff, taking it every way they can, like it's got super powers.
Alas, the research so far doesn't show strong support that magnesium will find its way into your bloodstream if you apply it to your skin. And it's more that not having enough is the problem.You don't need extra--that's just going to send you running for the loo. So if you're taking a daily oral mineral supplement with magnesium and calcium (I like Mary Ruth Organics) with food that should be fine for most of us.