By Be Well Health Coach Kerry Bajaj
Magnesium is a mineral that is responsible for the correct metabolic function of over 350 enzymes in the body. Magnesium is found in leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and even dark chocolate. Spinach, pumpkin seeds and black beans are especially high in magnesium. However, many of us are deficient in magnesium … which might explain your chocolate cravings!
Just why do we call it a miracle mineral?
• Magnesium can help you sleep. Dr. Lipman recommends taking 1000mg before bed to help you fall and stay asleep through the night.
• Magnesium helps to balance the nervous system. Magnesium has a calming effect, which can help you relax and unwind.
• Magnesium helps to relax aching, tense muscles. Muscle soreness is a fairly common detox response when people are going through the first few days of the Cleanse program. We always recommend to drink lots of water, do gentle stretching and try taking some magnesium to help with the muscle aches, soreness or spasms.
• Magnesium can help with constipation. If you’re experiencing constipation, take 1000 mg of magnesium citrate at night, and that should get things moving by morning.
A mineral that helps you to calm down, sleep better and relieves constipation? Sounds like a miracle to me!
Another way to enjoy the benefits of magnesium is by treating yourself to an epsom salt bath. The magnesium in the salt and the hot, soothing water will help you relax and release tension. Better yet, take an epsom salt bath while nibbling some dark chocolate!
We offer Magnesium Glycinate Chelate in the Be Well Store, which will help with sleep, balancing the nervous system, and relaxing your tense muscles. If you’re specifically looking to ease constipation you want to look for Magnesium Citrate. I’ve had good results with the “Natural Calm” brand which you can find at Whole Foods or a health food store.