Are you getting enough magnesium?

Better Body Programme in London - The Better Body Guru


Did you know that magnesium is a really important mineral that we need EVERY day?

 

It’s also one that some women don’t get enough of.

 

Why do we need magnesium?

 

Our bodies rely on magnesium! It causes a number of enzyme reactions in your body, including converting macronutrients such as carbohydrates, fats and protein to energy.

Magnesium can assist with reducing cramping and helps you to sleep easier as well!

 

Signs you’re not getting enough magnesium

 

Because magnesium plays such a big role in our body’s ability to regulate hormones and in energy production, feeling fatigued is often the first sign you need to increase your intake.

 

Physical symptoms like muscle cramps and feeling tension can also be a signal that you might be lacking in magnesium.

 

Ladies, if you find yourself craving chocolate before your period is due, it may be because you need more magnesium!

 

How to get more magnesium in your diet

 

Choosing food sources of magnesium is an easy way to increase your intake. These are a few magnesium-rich foods you can try:

 

  • Leafy greens such as kale or spinach — try adding to your salads or popping them in smoothies. We shoulsd all be eating more of these veggies anyway

  • Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds — sprinkle over salads or on top of peanut butter on toast.

  • Edamame and soy products (e.g. soy cheese and soybeans)

 

While magnesium supplements are available, I am a big advocate for reviewing and adjusting your diet before turning to supplements. Chat with your healthcare professional if you are concerned or have more questions.

 

If you are following a well-balanced diet, then the risk of being deficient in magnesium is much lower. Small changes to your diet, such as adding some of the foods listed above, can help restore magnesium levels.




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