Do you want to sleep better, get better workout recovery and be less stressed out? Almost 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium and many symptoms will let you know you need more magnesium in your diet. Magnesium is in more than 300 different enzymes in your body, making it responsible for a host of processes needed to function properly. Many people even well versed in nutrition are unaware of this common deficiency and are suffering from lack of sleep, stress, and are also more at risk for high blood pressure and osteoporosis. There are so many people taking prescription drugs to provide relief of common symptoms they may be having due to a lack of magnesium.
Many foods that are high in magnesium will enhance your levels such as nuts (especially almonds), fish, and green leafy vegetables. While foods such as whole grains and wheat germ contain magnesium they also cause inflammation which actually prevents your body from absorbing the beneficial nutrients so they are not recommended as ideal food sources. As with most nutrients, daily needs for magnesium cannot be met from food alone due to modern agricultural methods leaving our soil mineral depleted. Therefore, magnesium supplementation is recommended as well. Easy ways to increase your levels of magnesium include eating more magnesium rich foods, taking a mineral supplement or alternative magnesium supplement that you can drink such as Natural Calm which can be found online as well at Sprouts, Central, Market, Whole Foods, Sunflower Shoppe and GNC.
You can even boost levels of magnesium transdermally by taking Epsom salt baths and applying magnesium lotion to your skin. These are great ways to enhance your magnesium levels to improve your sleep, reduce muscle soreness and fatigue, and decrease stress levels.
Other cool benefits of magnesium include:
· Minimizing headaches
· Boosting energy levels
· Improving insulin sensitivity
(decreasing risk for diabetes or improving diabetes)
· Preventing osteoporosis
· Relief from symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome
· Minimizing the risk of premature labor
· Relief from bronchospasm (constricted airways) in the lungs
· Improvement of parathyroid function
· Increases bio-availability of vitamin B6 and cholesterol
· Improves muscle functioning
· Alleviates insomnia
· Decreases constipation
· Reduces risk of heart attacks
· Decreases high blood pressure
· Decrease occurrence of kidney stones and gallstones
If you ever attend a live MASHUP™ class, you will continue to be fed little tidbits of information such as this to help you further your health and fitness efforts far beyond just exercise. Knowledge is power when it comes to achieving optimal wellness!