Magnesium is one of the most important nutrients for our nervous system, and if our body doesn’t get enough we might find ourselves particularly irritable and moody, with brain fog and confusion, unable to cope with stress, overly tired but with difficulties getting proper sleep. Physically a lack of magnesium can result in twitching and cramping, and, for women, in a worsening of PMS symptoms. When we are under stress our nervous system consumes loads of magnesium, and if we don’t introduce enough through our diet a vicious circle of getting more and more stressed takes place.
I always recommend introducing more magnesium-rich foods in the diet. Here are a few:
- Nuts and seeds (especially Brazil nuts, almonds, and sesame seeds)
- Pulses (e.g. chickpeas and lentils)
- Leafy greens (e.g. kale and spinach)
- Herbs such as Maca and Cacao powder (I usually provide my clients with a nutritive powder to add to smoothies and I normally add some magnesium-rich herbs such as the above-mentioned ones)
However, be aware that very often the problem is not the lack of proper food in the diet, but rather the absorption of nutrients, so it’s essential to take care of your gut health. You might introduce all the right foods but if your digestive system is not efficient you might end up absorbing a very small percentage of the nutrients they contain. This is one of the reasons why in my practice I always address gut health first.
But did you know that we can also absorb magnesium through the skin? This is why whenever I feel my clients need more magnesium I also recommend using Epsom salts, which contain a high amount of this mineral. You can use dissolve them in your bath or in a foot bath, or use them with some sweet almond oil to make a scrub that will dissolve on your skin leaving it smooth and more elastic.
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