How are you today? Feeling a little stressed?
Did you get a good nights sleep last night? No? There are many reasons why people don't get a good night's sleep. It can be caused by an uncomfortable bed, restless partner or pets who sleep with you, or if you're like many people, it could be stress that is keeping you from getting a good night's rest.
If you're stressed, it could be because you are deficient in one particular mineral.
First of all, I want you to answer these few questions:
- Do you find yourself craving chocolate?
- Do you suffer from muscle cramps on a regular basis?
- Are you in perimenopause or menopause?
- Do you suffer from constipation? (if you're not going at least once a day, or you are straining to poop, you are constipated)
- Do you have high blood pressure, or an irregular heartbeat?
- Suffer from insomnia, fatigue or irritability?
- Do you get frequent headaches or migraines?
- Are you obese or suffer from Type II Diabetes?
If you have answered yes to one or more of the above questions, then you might be deficient in a very important mineral.
That mineral is Magnesium
Magnesium is referred to as the "Master Mineral" because it is responsible for over 300 vital functions in your body. When Magnesium is deficient, everything in the body "begins to crumble"... greatly compromising your health, and can affect your cardiovascular system, your kidneys, reproductive health, muscular and bone health, to name a few.Magnesium also plays a role in your body's detoxification processes, making it important for helping to prevent damage from environmental chemicals, heavy metals, and other toxins.
In addition, magnesium is necessary for:
- Activating muscles and nerves
- Activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is necessary for creating energy in your body
- Digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
- Serving as a building block for RNA and DNA synthesis
- Acting as a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin, which then converts to melatonin which contributes to healthy sleep
What contributes to magnesium deficiency? Well believe it or not, stress plays a big role. So does consuming foods and drinks high in salt, sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Some medications you take may also cause magnesium loss - many high diuretics and blood pressure medications may be contributing to your problems rather than helping! (PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK with your health care practitioner before changing doses or stopping any prescribed medication)
So, what can you do?
My first suggestion to clients who present symptoms of magnesium deficiency is to eat more foods rich in magnesium. Foods such as:
I will also suggest taking a good quality magnesium supplement. Depending on the level of deficiency in the body, eating foods rich in magnesium alone may not be enough.
The type of magnesium that I generally suggest is magnesium glycinate or magnesium citrate, because they’re two of the most readily absorbed by the body. Just avoid overdoing it as they have a laxative effect when consumed in high doses!
Join in the Challenge!
So, here's a challenge for you. Choose one or two of the foods listed above, and incorporate them into your diet on a daily basis. Get creative with your meals and if you need more inspiration, CLICK HERE to find more recipes that incorporate Magnesium rich foods.
Need more of a challenge? Join my FREE 10 Day Stop the Stress Challenge. Click here to join in! ===>> Stress Challenge
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