80% OF US ARE MAGNESIUM DEFICIENT . . . WHY IT MATTERS AND HOW TO FIX IT
Studies have shown that only 20% of U.S. adults are getting the daily recommended allowance of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency can be connected to anxiety and depression, high blood pressure, calcification of the arteries, poor bone health, muscle spasms and cramps, hormone imbalances, low energy, and sleep problems.
Magnesium calms the mind and helps the body rest by contributing to the proper function of neurotransmitters that regulate relaxation. Most of us don’t get enough magnesium in our diet, and adding to that, we make choices that deplete the little magnesium we do have.
Do you drink coffee, soda, or caffeinated drinks every day? Do you eat a lot of sweets? Do you take a calcium supplement without magnesium in it? Do you drink more than seven alcoholic drinks per week? Are you stressed out? If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are, you’re stripping your body of much-needed magnesium. It’s time to remineralize!
4 Ways to Increase Your Magnesium Intake
1. DIET. Make sure you’re getting enough magnesium in your diet by eating plenty of these magnesium-rich foods: almonds, avocado, bananas, black beans, chard, dark chocolate, figs, pumpkin seeds, spinach, yogurt.
2. TOPICAL MAGNESIUM. We lose 20-30% of digested magnesium, so it’s a good idea to use a magnesium oil or spray. You can buy these at your local vitamin shop, or make your own with magnesium chloride flakes for a relaxing mist before bed.
3. MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENTS. If you’re adding a magnesium supplement, look for magnesium citrate, magnesium malate, magnesium chloride, or any ‘chelated’ magnesium that provides 600-1,000 mg/day.
4. EPSOM SALT BATHS. Relax and remineralize with an Epsom salt bath! It’s rich in both sulfate and magnesium, which can be poorly absorbed through the stomach. Known for easing muscle cramps, Epsom salt baths are a great way to replenish magnesium levels.
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