Why Is Magnesium So Important?

It’s the holidays. You’re probably stressed – making sure you have the right gifts for the right people, that all of your decorations are in place, and that your family is ready for all the excitement and joy that comes with being together. One of the most important things on everyone’s mind during the holidays is food.

Reluctantly, I joined the masses heading to the grocery store, with the sole purpose of running in to grab “just a few things” for my holiday meal with my family, but when I arrived, I encountered something I wasn’t entirely expecting. I overheard a woman discussing with her husband an article she had just finished reading in a magazine she received in the mail.

Let’s be honest – we’ve all been there. You don’t want to eavesdrop, but the subject matter is just so interesting, it’s hard not to. So, in between the aisle of organic bananas and semi-rotten tomatoes, while I pretended to be seriously concentrating on the amount per pound of apples, I perked up my ears…I’m not afraid to admit my jaw actually dropped when I heard her say:

“So Richard – the whole point of the article was telling me the reasons why magnesium deficiency is ridiculous and how we should just eat a few almonds, and we’ll be fine.”

This brings me to my point.

Magnesium deficiency. What do you know about it? Do you have any of the symptoms? How do you fix it, without breaking the bank? Did you know that approximately 80% of Americans could possibly have a magnesium deficiency and not even realize it!

According to the article written by Dr. Mark Hyman, “…This critical mineral is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues – but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax.” This means you if you are low in energy, find yourself having trouble relaxing, falling asleep, or even staying asleep, you could be deficient!

Because your body needs magnesium for so many different functions (i.e. blood sugar control, nerve function, blood pressure regulation), it can use a large amount very quickly, and if you aren’t consuming enough high magnesium foods, it is much easier to become stressed, or even sick.

Some symptoms of magnesium deficiency include: Painful muscle spasms, eye twitches, facial tics, anxiety, difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, muscle cramping, constipation, headaches, obesity, PMS, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, and other debilitating issues.

One way to prevent magnesium deficiency is to reduce the amount of salt, sugar, alcohol, coffee and sodas you intake on a daily basis. You can also eat foods that are high in magnesium.

The foods you will find contain the largest amount of magnesium would be your leafy green vegetables. According to Dr. Josh Axe, “…leafy greens are packed with chlorophyll. One major difference between human blood and chlorophyll is that human blood has iron at the center of the cell, but plants have magnesium at the center of their cells.”

Here are some other foods that are incredibly rich in Magnesium:

  • Spinach
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Black Beans
  • Avocado
  • Figs
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Bananas
  • Chard
  • Salmon
  • Artichokes
  • Goat cheese
  • Yogurt/Kefir
  • Coriander
  • Cashews
  • Kelp
  • Buckwheat
  • Dulse
  • Millet
  • Collard Greens

So while you’re planning your holiday meal, bypass the magazine stands, and head straight to vegetable section in the grocery – your body and your family will thank you later!

In case you’re wondering, I did speak with her and her husband, and educated them on the benefits of magnesium, along with the easy ways to absorb it.

Two down, 6.99 billion to go. 🙂

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