You might worry about getting enough protein, iron, healthy fats and more in your diet. But do you ever worry about getting enough magnesium? Magnesium is a mineral that helps keep your bone health strong, energy levels high, protein synthesis and blood glucose in control.1 Magnesium can also help increase your mood and lower levels of depression and anxiety.2
You might have a magnesium deficiency if you are experiencing muscle or heightened menstrual cramps, nausea and loss of appetite, headaches, insomnia, fatigue, and dizziness.1,2 If your magnesium deficiency gets worse, you might start to experience numbness, tingling, seizures or even an abnormal heart rhythm.1
The best foods to eat to get additional magnesium are almonds, spinach, cashews, edamame, black beans, avocado, potatoes, whole wheat bread, brown rice, bananas, oatmeal, salmon, and milk.1 High fiber foods also contain a lot of magnesium so add more of those into your diet as well. If you find you aren’t getting enough magnesium from your diet, try taking supplements. Aim to get 320 mg a day if you are a woman and 420 mg a day if you are a man.
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1 – Facts from Real Living Nutrition
2 – Facts from Dr. Jocker’s