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Magnesium – the often forgotten mineral

Written by Marissa S, CNP, Genuine Health Customer Service Team Member

While calcium is an incredibly important mineral it often overshadows its sidekick, the great magnesium.  Magnesium is essential in maintaining and regulating our body’s calcium levels.  On top of that magnesium helps relax our muscles, and in a modern world filled with stress we need this mineral!  Magnesium is a common deficiency which may explain why so many people have a hard time relaxing at night for a good night’s sleep.

A few common things that contribute to magnesium deficiency:

  1. Carbonated beverages – these are high in phosphates which bind to magnesium preventing absorption.
  2. Sugary refined foods – these foods are not only depleted of magnesium but they steal vitamins and minerals from you in order to be digested.
  3. Stress – stress causes a vicious cycle, when the body is stressed it uses up more magnesium and when the body is depleted of magnesium the reaction to stresses is higher.

 

These contributors are often what we turn to when we are stressed and therefore we get stuck in a cycle. The good news is that there are many things that we can do to help increase our magnesium intake and lessen magnesium loss.

What can you do?

  1. Start drinking adrenal supporting teas during the day such as licorice root.  Drink calming teas at night such as chamomile and lavender.
  2. Take greens+ to fill in nutritional gaps.  Not only does greens+ contain naturally occurring magnesium but it also contains research proven herbal extracts to increase energy.  These herbs also help support the body in times of stress.
  3. Add magnesium rich foods to your diet – spinach/chard/kale (add lemon), pumpkin/sesame seeds, avocado, dried figs and everybody’s favourite chocolate (dark that is).
  4. Take a multivitamin to ensure that you are getting enough magnesium and other minerals and vitamins to support your body in times of stress.  To pick one that is right for you take a look at our multi+ line here.

Addressing this common mineral deficiency can help you get out of the stress cycle and relax.  As you can see there are many holistic ways to help your body and mind relax…and remember to breathe!

 

Watch this  video from the Canadian Health Food Association on Magnesium: