Are your chocolate cravings so intense that you feel like it screams your name? Do you ever jump out of bed in the middle of the night because of a muscle spasm? Or, no matter what you try, do you have difficulty sleeping? There’s a good chance you’re deficient in magnesium.
Magnesium is essential for over 300 different enzymatic processes to help your body function properly. It’s a common mineral to be deficient in, yet most people have no idea they’re lacking this vital nutrient!
Here are seven key signs that you may be deficient without even realizing:
- CHOCOLATE CRAVINGS
- MUSCLE CRAMPS
- HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
- SLEEP TROUBLES
- IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT
What depletes my levels?
- Processed food and drink high in flour, sugar, caffeine and alcohol should be limited.
- Stress also plays a role, so try implementing relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga as much as possible.
- Check with your doctor to see if your medication is a deficiency – many high blood pressure medications may be contributing to your problems rather than helping
How can I get more?
First, stop eating foods that deplete nutrients, such as flour and sugar. Instead eat foods high in magnesium-
- Leafy greens
- Beans and lentils
- Nuts and seeds
- Dark chocolate (min 70% cocoa)
Try consuming more of these foods to help reduce symptoms of magnesium deficiency. You may be surprised to find out that it’s all you needed to feel better!
Looking for a supplement? Try magnesium glycinate or magnesium citrate, they’re two of the most readily absorbed. Just avoid overdoing it as they have a laxative effect when consumed in high doses!
Check with your naturopath, pharmacist or doctor to find out what is the best supplement for you.