It’s the beginning of a new year filled with personal goal setting and establishing new, healthy lifestyle habits. It can be a challenging time to stay motivated. I’d like to bring your awareness to one important nutrient that can help improve both your physical and mental health and help make the new year transition a little easier…magnesium!
Magnesium is a relaxation mineral and is often referred to as “nature’s Prozac” because it helps calm you. This important mineral comes with major health benefits, yet is often ignored or overlooked. Magnesium is a common deficiency, so common that half of Americans are lacking the needed amount of Magnesium in their bodies and don’t even know it! People with a magnesium deficiency can experience uncomfortable symptoms such as muscle cramping, insomnia, migraines, and anxiety. Here a few more:
- Sensitivity to loud noises
- Chronic fatigue
- High blood pressure
Eat foods that are high in magnesium.
Many of us eat diets low in magnesium. Eating processed foods, refined sugars, excess meat and dairy can feed the fire. We also decrease magnesium levels by taking in excessive alcohol, salt, coffee, and cola. Instead, try eating foods with high magnesium levels such as:
- pumpkin seeds
- soy beans
- brown rice
- collard and other dark leafy greens
- dark chocolate
Practicing active relaxation techniques for your body and mind will allow for physical renewal. Stress is one of the biggest factors in my clients’ overall health that can negatively affect muscle and nerve function. I recommend practicing healthy stress management techniques such as breath work, meditation, walking and other gentle forms of exercise like yoga and stretching. Pair these with a hot bath with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) as a way to absorb and get much needed magnesium that will help heal the symptoms of prolonged stress.
Take a daily magnesium supplement.
My personal favorite option is Natural Vitality Calm. This product is well absorbed and a great nighttime ritual to help you relax, sleep better and aid digestion. The minimum amount of magnesium required is 300 mg per day, while many aren’t even fulfilling a 200mg dose. Reap the benefits of up to 400-1,000 mg of magnesium through food and supplementation daily and support your body to naturally relieve and manage stress.
Magnesium is a vital nutrient that helps our bodies function better. On my next blog, I will be featuring a recipe rich in magnesium for you to make in your own home. Do more than manage your symptoms this year, treat them by activating the healing powers of magnesium and reverse your unwelcomed discomfort.