Magnesium- an essential element

Magnesium is essential for our health.  In fact, over 300 biochemical functions in the body need magnesium to happen.  About 80 percent of Americans have a magnesium deficiency and most of them don’t even know it.

Why does the body need magnesium?

Protein synthesis

 

Blood sugar control

Nerve function

Regulation of blood pressure

Energy metabolism

Neurotransmitter release

What health challenges are linked to magnesium deficiency?

Osteoporosis

Hormone imbalance

Constipation

Tension or migraine headaches

Type 2 diabetes

Anxiety and depression

Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia

What are some signs that you may have a magnesium deficiency?

Leg cramps

Insomnia

Unexplained muscle pain

Anxiety

Fatigue

Frequent headaches

Irritability

How to increase your magnesium levels?

Soak it in!

Taking a relaxing bath in magnesium salt, epsom salt, is a perfect way to get magnesium, especially for those suffering from poor gut health.  The skin is the body’s largest organ.  It has the ability to absorb nutrients as an effect way to deliver them to the body.

A nice soothing soak in a warm bath with some healing bath salts can have great benefits:

Relieves Stress

Soothes muscle and joint pain

Relieves headaches

Has a calming effect and can help you sleep better

Swallow it down!

Dark Leafy Greens: spinach, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard

Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, sunflower, pumpkin, and flax seeds

Wild caught fish

Avocado

Beans and Lentils: Especially kidney beans and black beans

Whole Grains: Brown rice, quinoa, and oatmeal

Raw cacao powder:  Mix it into a berry smoothie for a chocolaty treat or sprinkle it into your oatmeal with some pure maple syrup for a decadent breakfast.

Try these recipes today and enjoy the benefits of eating magnesium rich foods.

Quinoa Kale Salad

Maximum Magnesium Smoothie

 

What are your favorite magnesium rich foods?

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