Magnesium, calcium and zinc are three of the most important minerals needed in our daily diet.
Magnesium aids our body in absorption of calcium obtained from the foods we eat. The health
benefits include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy
production and the formation of healthy bones and teeth. It also helps in thyroid function, improves
muscle functioning, boosts the bio-availability of B6 and cholesterol. It helps to prevent osteoporosis(drop the dairy! Milk doesn't do a body good!), insomnia, constipation, hypertension(lowers the risk of heart disease), kidney stones and even lessen migraines. Studies show that magnesium aids in carbohydrate metabolism and influences the activity of insulin, controlling blood sugar levels.
Magnesium, calcium and sodium are highly alkaline and keep are bodies and blood from getting to acidic. Acidity cause inflammation which is the major cause of most chronic diseases, including cancer. Our bodies are good at maintaining the acid-alkaline balance, even if our diets are poor!
But, the buffering of acids are meant to be an occasional backup system. Not all the time! Not a state of emergency draw down everyday! We then deplete are bodies of these important minerals.
Our bodies begin to become more acidic and trouble begins.
Foods that are high in magnesium:
Bananas(less ripe provide (pre-biotics for your gut)
Beet Greens, (yes the greens!)
Brazil nuts(eat a couple a day)
Brown rice(Buddha Bowl)
Cashews(raw or make cashew cream for pasta)
Peas(throw them in the Buddha Bowl)
Squash(oven roasted veggies)
For a way to up your intake of magnesium and help sleep and anxiety try Natural Calm.
It is available at most health stores or online. You will definitely feel a difference.
For a informative and easy to understanding look at how our bodies are suppose to work, Check out: Superlife by Darin Olien a great book to have in your library. Or listen to his interview on the Rich Roll Podcast.
Have a great week.