Magnesium is like the superhero of the mineral world. Its very long list of benefits are a powerful bunch. For starters, according to Health magazine, it can help quiet the areas of the brain that keep us awake, relieve mild anxiety, and impart a calming effect. Want a flat belly? Magnesium is essential for keeping you regular and preventing constipation. Additionally, it can help you recover from a particularly rough session at the gym.
Magnesium is also a warrior against aging. According to the book, “Before the Change”, by Ann Louise Gittleman, magnesium can slow aging and keep telomeres long, which helps reduce the risk of cancer. Gittleman also states that this mineral can improve nerve and muscle ailments that have been overused due to fatigue, asthma, or fibromyalgia.
Did you know that magnesium helps treat migraines? I know, because I used to suffer from them. Magnesium can also aid in the production and regulation of hormones. An inadequate amount of magnesium can cause perimenopausal symptoms, such as severe agitation, which is why it’s often used as a natural sedative in the wellness world.
My favorite ways to incorporate magnesium into my day include:
- Using a supplemental powder before bed. I like using a powder that dissolves in hot or cold water.
- Indulging in an Epsom salt soak. Bath salts, such as Batherapy Lavender Aromatherapy, naturally contain magnesium.
- Eating magnesium-rich foods. These include brown rice, leafy greens, seeds, tree nuts, brazil nuts, avocado, sea salt, black beans, dark chocolate, tofu, quinoa, salmon, and bananas.
Here’s my favorite recipe for a magnesium-infused salad that’s as delicious as it is healthy.
Combine all salad ingredients in a bowl:
2 handfuls Kale
½ cup cooked quinoa
¼ cup crumbled goat cheese or ½ sliced avocado
2 tablespoons crushed pecans
Sprinkle of pomegranate seeds
½ chopped shallot
½ sliced organic apple
Mix all ingredients in a jar and shake:
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon whole grain mustard,
1 teaspoon honey
Sea salt and pepper to taste
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