Heidi Billington - Naturopath
At some point in our lives many of us experience tight muscles, difficultly relaxing after a stressful day or have trouble sleeping at night. Often these issues come and go but if they are staying around longer than normal you may need to question the reason why
At some point in our lives many of us experience tight muscles, difficultly relaxing after a stressful day or have trouble sleeping at night. Often these issues come and go but if they are staying around longer than normal you may need to question the reason why! One point to consider is that these are signs our body may be lacking one of our most essential minerals... magnesium. This mega mineral is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body so it’s no wonder we need it. Unfortunately it’s also one of the greatest deficiencies found in the modern day lifestyle.
Magnesium is a mineral that supports your health and well-being in numerous ways. Below are some reasons why magnesium may be of some benefit to you:
The Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of elemental magnesium for men is 420mg and 320mg for women but sometimes this is not enough. So how can you raise your magnesium levels? You can start by increasing your intake of high-fibre foods such as legumes, whole grains, vegetables (especially green leafy veggies), seeds and nuts as they are generally highest in magnesium. Because it’s hard to raise magnesium levels in our bodies by diet alone, due to poor nutrient levels in our soils, it’s a good idea to be mindful of how magnesium can become depleted in the body and keep those to a minimum. These include bad dietary habits, too much alcohol and caffeine. Pharmaceutical medications, gastrointestinal upsets, chronic stress, excessive sweating and the natural aging process can also deplete magnesium.
Taking a one-a-day supplement of the Healtheries Magnesium 400mg can be an easy and effective way to boost your magnesium levels. Try it and see how it makes you feel.
*Meyer KA, Kushi LH, Jacobs DR, et al. Carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and incident type 2 diabetes in older women. Am J Clin Nutr 2000;71:921-30.
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