Everything you needed to know about magnesium

Don’t be bored already. I know, I’m going to talk about magnesium, but I’ll make it fun. We’ll make it fun. Because magnesium can be fun. (No, it can’t.) But magnesium is important. So let’s do this.

Magnesium has been called the most important nutrient for human health and most of us are magnesium deficient. Why? Because in order for a food to have magnesium in it, it needs to be grown in magnesium-rich soil. Commercial farming and pesticides have ruined most of the soil in America so there is no more magnesium in it. Some organic farmers take really good care of their soil and make it great to grow veggies and other crops in, so, I know I always say this, but this is just another reason to buy organic.  You’ll get more magnesium.

Okay, that wasn’t very much fun. But let’s keep going. Maybe it will get better.

Here’s just a few things magnesium does for you — (from Dr. Oz)

“It is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, including maintaining your energy level, helping you relax, and sustaining the health of your heart and blood vessels. While we often hear about the importance of calcium for bones, magnesium is the other key mineral for healthy bones. And because so many people take calcium pills without magnesium, there may actually be a greater need for magnesium than for calcium in people who are most vulnerable to osteoporosis.

Magnesium helps the heart muscle itself function better. Magnesium also helps protect blood vessels, which is where most of what we call heart disease actually happens. Magnesium is also a natural blood thinner, much like aspirin, so many doctors and researchers believe that it may help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Scientists have proven that magnesium levels are low in people with diabetes; people with higher magnesium levels do not develop diabetes; and that supplementing with magnesium appears to help reverse pre-diabetes.”

Not enough for ya? Well, magnesium also helps you sleep, gets rid of constipation and can cure PMS. See?  It’s getting more interesting, isn’t it?

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Here are my favorite magnesium rich foods –

1. Dark Leafy Greens — These things again, I know. Just eat them. Kale and collards and Swiss Chard. Eat lots of them.

2. Pumpkin Seeds — A cup of pumpkin seeds has all the magnesium you need for an entire day.  Haven’t you noticed how calm pumpkins are?  That’s the magnesium.

3. Edamame — Soybeans are rich in magnesium.  Kids love edamame. (And so do I.)

4. Avocado – Just yummy and also full of healthy fats.

5. Bananas — Great way for kids to get magnesium.

6. Dark Chocolate — Great way for women to get magnesium. I know it’s a cliche that women crave chocolate, but I crave chocolate a lot, especially during PMS. Maybe my body knows that it’s high in magnesium and it’s trying to help me stop screaming and put the butcher knife down.

7. Brown Rice — Make a bowl of brown rice, sauté some dark leafy greens and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.  You are magnesi-tastic!

8. Epsom Salts — My grandmother always had epsom salts around, but I never realized it’s just a type of magnesium. I always put epsom salts in my kid’s baths and if I EVER have enough time to soak in a hot bath one of these days, I will put epsom salts in MY bath…

Okay, it’s over. I’m off my magnesium soap box. Do you feel better? I know I do.

Oh wait. I forgot one more magnesium thing. If you hate all of the foods that I’ve just mentioned, you can just take a teaspoon of Calm every day – it’s a magnesium supplement.

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I give it to my kids in a little bit of juice and they love it.

That’s it. I’m finished. I won’t mention magnesium again.

Have a magn– ificent day.

4 Comments

  • Liisa says:

    Great post! Thank you for this information. I took a look at the link to the Natural Calm. I am going to order some today. Do you give your kids the adult version? And if so, how much do you give them?

    • Holly Hester says:

      I give my kids half a teaspoon a day. I take one teaspoon a day. It says on the bottle that you can take up to 4 teaspoons a day, but I don’t think my system could handle that much!

  • Becky says:

    I swear epsom salts are some sort of magic pixie dust. Epsom baths when I was pregnant helped immensely with my leg cramps- I don’t know if was the magnesium or the relaxing water but there you are. And, I’ve been weeding the slope of doom, full of thistles this week. Epsom salt bath with some lavender essential oil and I no longer want to just move to some new house, far from the homicidal thistles.

    • Holly Hester says:

      Epsom salts with lavender are wonderful!!!! I think that it is the magnesium that makes leg cramps go away. I used epsom salts a lot when I was pregnant too. Good luck with the slope of doom! Thistles are horrible!

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