What is Magnesium?
Magnesium is a mineral that every organ in the body needs especially our kidneys, muscles and heart. It is important in regulating muscle and nerve function, building protein, bone and DNA. Magnesium also helps with controlling blood sugars and blood pressure. In women’s health, magnesium has been shown to help with PMS, irritability, low moods, cramps, premenstrual migraines, constipation, depression, breast tenderness, sugar cravings and bloating.
As a Holistic Health Coach, I believe that food is medicine and with some healthy changes we can make sure that you are incorporating magnesium into your regimen.
First lets start by making sure that some of your habits are not decreasing the body’s ability to absorb magnesium.
– Avoid/limit carbonated drinks – phosphoric acid is a colorless, odorless crystalline liquid that is added to carbonated drinks to give it a tangy flavor and also helps slow down the growth of mold and bacteria. Phosphoric acid blocks your body from absorbing magnesium.
– Avoid consuming foods and 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.
Using certain foods is a perfect way to make sure that you are getting magnesium into your daily regimen. The following are magnesium enriched foods you can add to your healthy lifestyle.
– 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
Also, Epsom salt baths are great for helping to get your magnesium and what is a better way to relax after a long day. 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.