Did you know that magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, yet only one in three of us gets enough of this mineral through diet? Magnesium is so important for overall heath, as it is a key electrolyte and regulates protein synthesis, blood glucose control and blood pressure, as well as heart function, digestion, and sleep.
Signs you may have a magnesium deficiency:
Muscle cramps and spasms
Anxiety and depression
Low energy & headaches
Magnesium helps with stress reduction, muscle cramps and tension, depression and anxiety, PMS, digestive issues, fatigue/low energy, headaches, as well as inability to sleep.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may have a slight magnesium deficiency.
How to get more magnesium-rich foods into your diet?
¾ cup of quinoa contains 89mg per serving (24% daily value)
1oz almonds contains 79mg per serving (22%)
½ cup fresh spinach contains 78mg per serving (21%)
1 cup of chard contains 154mg per serving
1oz pumpkin seeds contains 74mg per serving (21%)
1 cup of almonds contains 80mg
1/2 cup of black beans contains 60mg
1 medium avocado contains 58mg
1 medium banana contains 32mg
When food is not enough (which it rarely ever is with magnesium), I recommend a magnesium supplement called Natural Calm. It is called "the anti-stress drink” and helps to restore magnesium levels. Simply add a tablespoon to a cup of warm water before bed. You can find it at your local health food store, or on Amazon.