The Might of Magnesium

Recently I read, that according to the National Institute of Health, about 90% of the population is deficient in magnesium. And even though different sources may give us slightly different percentages, most sources agree that the majority of us are magnesium deficient. 

That, of course, means you have a good chance of being one of the folks in the majority. But this is not a group that you want to remain in.  Magnesium is an essential mineral that your body uses in hundreds of biochemical processes.  Being deficient means that you are not maintaining your optimal health.  And we know that health is our most valuable asset.  


Here is just a short list of some of the processes magnesium helps your body do well:

Keeps your bowels healthy. If you’re frequently constipated, magnesium can naturally keep things moving along through your body so you’ll feel better regularly.

Keeps your heart healthy. Magnesium regulates your blood pressure and helps your body absorb calcium. It also keeps the blood flowing correctly, which in turn keeps a happy heart!

Boosts brain activity. If you always feel like you’re in a fog, magnesium can help lift that cloud from your brain. It gives your brain and your nerves the ability to have better cognitive function as well as comfort by supporting calm and relaxed moods, which in turn will lead to better sleep.

Strengthens bones. Strong bones are essential for keeping up with our daily activities. Taking in enough magnesium will prevent problems down the road.

Now that you are beginning to understand how important magnesium is, you should take steps to get more of it into your everyday life. But before you start shopping for a magic bottle of pills, why not instead start by eating magnesium rich foods.

Some foods that are rich in magnesium include: spinach, Swiss chard, avocados, figs, bananas, artichokes, wild-caught salmon, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, black beans, and one I'm sure you’ll love to have a reason to eat – dark chocolate!

Try to buy organics when it comes to fruits and vegetables simply because conventional methods of farming often deplete the soil of essential minerals like
magnesium.  Food grown in poor soil cannot produce food rich in nutrients.  Our food's health is only as good as our soil's health.  

Begin to reflect on the important role eating nutritionally dense foods plays in the care of your health.  The foods you choose to feed your body will be digested and literally feed your very cells.  Be an advocate for your "health care" and protect and nurture your most precious asset by intentionally eating foods rich in nutrients.  

Looking for a recipe idea?  Try this Tofu Scramble and Red Chard Sandwich recipe from One Green Planet.  This is an easy way to get some magnesium rich veggies into you day. And remember to play with your food and modify those recipes!  I like to use shiitake mushrooms and sprouted bread.


Want to learn more strategies for protecting and caring for your health?  Contact me for a free health history consultation and start your journey today!

                                                      In Health and Balance,

                                                      Kathleen

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