What is the secret of a happy and healthy life? Many things! Great nutrition, adequate rest, exercise, fulfilling relationships AND strategic supplementation to make sure the body has the right levels of the key nutrients and minerals. One of those key minerals is Magnesium.
What is it?
It’s a virtually naturally occurring mineral found in your blood, bones, tissues and organs.
What does magnesium do?
Magnesium helps to control hundreds of chemical reactions in the body. It also helps regulate blood pressure, strengthen muscles and bones, keeps the immune system strong, and supports cardiac and brain function.
It is also an antidote to stress and can help improve your sleep. Magnesium is the most powerful relaxation mineral available. Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff — whether it is a body part or an even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency.
It can also help prevent constipation and headaches!
What happens if you don’t have enough magnesium?
The list of conditions that are found related to magnesium deficiency is so long. In fact, there are over 3,500 medical references on magnesium deficiency!
You might be magnesium deficient if you have any of the following symptoms:
Muscle cramps, insomnia, irritability, sensitivity to loud noises, anxiety, autism, ADD, palpitations, angina, constipation, anal spasms, headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, asthma, kidney stones, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, PMS, menstrual cramps, irritable bladder, IBS, trouble swallowing, acid reflux, high inflammation.
What foods are high in magnesium?
In addition to the magnesium your body is already working with, you should top off your magnesium tank in two ways – through a healthy diet and through a magnesium supplement, always under the supervision of a health practitioner (my favorites are glycinate or citrate, avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate and oxide). Just remember that Magnesium Supplements are contraindicated for those with kidney disease/dysfunction or taking potassium-sparing diuretic hypertension medication.
Among my favorite dietary sources of magnesium are: wild-caught Pacific Halibut, leafy greens, spinach, black beans, pumpkin and squash seeds. Also: kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, dulse, filberts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, barley, dandelion greens, and garlic.
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