I want you to finish this article with an understanding of just how important magnesium is to your health. You hear a lot about the major nutrient types (protein, carbs, fats, sugar etc) and vitamins, and a few others like folate, but magnesium doesn’t get put in the spotlight enough. This element is absolutely essential for so many reasons and it’s easy enough to make sure you’re getting a plentiful supply by including magnesium-rich foods in your regular diet.
Magnesium plays a huge role in regulating your blood sugar levels, and a high intake of magnesium has been proven to have a link with your levels of insulin and glucose, which control weight gain and fat within the body. Avocado can also be good for helping to relieve bloating, especially during your menstrual cycle.
Magnesium helps to keep the adrenal stress hormones in your body under control and it also helps to maintain regular brain function which can be very important in the reducing of anxiety and stress. Magnesium-rich raw cacao nibs help to produce the happy hormone serotonin, which can really help to fight against feelings of anxiety.
If you are somebody that is constantly craving sugar, then perhaps you are not getting enough magnesium in your diet. Sugar craving is a key sign of this deficiency, as magnesium every day helps your body to become better at dealing with fructose and regulating sugar highs and sugar lows.
Believe it or not, magnesium from something like kale can actually play a big part in helping to fight against symptoms of depression. Long regarded as a natural form of antidepressant in alternative medicine culture, the magnesium in kale can provide you with lots of healthy and positive biochemical reactions.
Although Brussels sprouts might not be your favorite vegetable, there is no getting away from the fact that they are an amazing source of magnesium and in this particular instance can be really effective in helping you to battle insomnia and get to sleep at night. Magnesium is essential in the functioning of our GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) receptors, which are responsible for sending calming signals to our brains to help us drift off.
Salmon is a tasty source of magnesium that can help to relieve all of the horrible symptoms of PMS that you might experience every month including migraines, cramping, bloating, dizziness, sugar cravings, fluid retention and low blood sugar.
Magnesium is mainly used to help create energy in your body by activating something known as adenosine triphosphate (or ATP). What this means is that without enough magnesium, your body will struggle to garner the energy that it needs to get through a hectic day, leading to fatigue.
We have already read about the fact that magnesium is heavily involved with neurotransmitter function to the brain, and mixed with the way that it can improve blood circulation, eating something like cashew nuts can lead to pain reducing hormones that can fight migraines.
Papaya is full of magnesium and can be really effective in helping to keep your bowels regular, but watch out, too much of it can lead to a mild laxative effect that might not be so desired! Having regular bowels also contributes to having higher overall energy levels.
Please note: all of these foods are rich in magnesium and each of the benefits listed applies, whatever the food source it is combined with here.
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