Magnesium is a vital mineral that plays an important role in your overall health and wellbeing.
The mineral has multiple benefits and should be a part of all of our daily diets, both by consuming magnesium rich foods and, in some cases, supplementation for maximum absorption. It is recommended that you get between 310-320mg of magnesium per day (more if pregnant).
Many people are actually deficient in magnesium without knowing it; signs include (but are not limited to): anxiety and depression, muscle cramps, poor sleep, aggression, hormonal issues, poor bone health, sugar cravings, migraines, asthma, adrenal fatigue and calcification of arteries.
This is not to say magnesium will suddenly cure and treat these symptoms, but paying attention to physical signs like the ones listed above is important as they are potential indications that you may be deficient in magnesium.
There are many reasons that people are deficient in this magnificent mineral. These include having a poor diet and being malnourished, taking certain medications that have depleted the body’s vital nutrients and minerals, and having poor gut health, which can lead to malabsorption of important vitamins and minerals.
By making magnesium a staple in your diet you can start to feel more calm, relaxed and sleep better, reduce muscle cramps, reduce cravings, have better bone health, and just generally boost your overall health!
You can add magnesium rich food to your diet along with 400 mg of magnesium citrate before bed, or with a potent magnesium spray ( around 30mg on your neck/ lower back/ legs), for maximum absorption.
Top ten magnesium rich foods to regularly include in your diet to maximise consumption:
- Dark chocolate 70%+
- Pumpkin seeds
- Swiss chard
Tip: An easy way to ensure you get your daily dose is by starting your day with smoothie made with spinach, almond milk and banana (along with other fruits, berries and veg for an added boost).
By consuming and supplementing health and wellbeing benefits include:
- Lower blood pressure
- Better and restful sleep
- Anxiety relief
- Feeling more calm and less irritable
- Boost bone health to help prevent osteoporosis
- Prevention of migraines
- Improvement of P.M.S symptoms
- Constipation relief
- Fight depression
- Helps regulate neurotransmitters which sends messages to your brain and nervous system.
This mineral should be staple in all our diets through food and/or supplementation. Getting enough magnesium can truly have a profound effect on your health and wellbeing.