Benefits of Magnesium and Women’s Health
I am sure you have heard of Magnesium but do you know the benefits of magnesium and women’s health. Magnesium performs over 300 essential functions in our bodies.
What is Magnesium?
Magnesium is a mineral that every organ in the body needs especially our kidneys, muscles, and heart. It helps in regulating muscle/nerve function, building protein, bone, and DNA. Magnesium also helps with controlling blood sugars and blood pressure. Magnesium has been shown to help with PMS, irritability, low moods, cramps, premenstrual migraines, constipation, depression, breast tenderness, sugar cravings, and bloating.
As an Endometriosis Coach, I believe that food is medicine. With some healthy changes, I can help you incorporate magnesium into your regimen.
First, let’s start by making sure that some of your daily habits are not decreasing the body’s ability to absorb magnesium.
– Avoid/limit carbonated drinks. They contain phosphoric acid is a colorless, odorless crystalline liquid that is added to carbonated drinks. This is what gives that tangy flavor. Phosphoric acid blocks your body from absorbing magnesium.
– Avoid consuming foods/drinks that are high in refined sugars.
– Chronic stress.
– Certain prescription medications like antibiotics, pain medication, cortisone, and diuretic may affect the absorption of magnesium or may increase the excretion of magnesium by your kidneys.
“Let your food by your medicine & your medicine be your food” – Hippocrates
There are also foods that are high in magnesium. The following are magnesium enriched foods:
– Whole grains
– Dark Leafy Greens ( spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens)
– Almonds, Cashews
– Beans (kidney beans, black beans)
– Brown Rice
– Shredded Wheat
– Fish (cod, halibut)
– Dried Fruit
– Dark Chocolate
One of my Favs
You can also add Magnesium Lotion to your routine. I love Earthley Good Night Lotion, it is unscented which is great for sensitive skin. Learn more about it under my favorites.
Epsom salt baths are great for helping to get your magnesium and what better way to relax. Mix 2 cups of Epsom Salt in your bath and soak for approximately 20 to 30 minutes once a week.
It is important to speak with your medical professional about your Magnesium levels, especially if you are experiencing symptoms such as increased PMS symptoms, bloating, fatigue, muscle cramps, migraines, decreased sex drive, and energy levels. High levels of magnesium may cause diarrhea, low blood pressure, and heart problems. Be sure to check with your medical professional before starting or stopping any supplements or medications.
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