Maximising magnesium levels for better sleep and more energy
Ever wondered if you need more magnesium? No. However, according to the latest research, a lack of magnesium can lead to major health problems such as poor heart health and type 2 diabetes. It can also play a key role in maintaining sleep quality.
- Sleep: Magnesium deficiency may be linked to not only poor sleep but insomnia too. It improves the hormonal and neurotransmitters balance in the brain.
- Muscle tension: Cramping, muscle tension and spasms are obvious signs of magnesium deficiency. It has been linked to osteoarthritis (the ‘wear and tear’ type of arthritis). There could be several reasons for this; one being that magnesium deficiency could result in higher levels of inflammation in the body, with inflammation then leading to pain and damage to joints.
- Migraines: Those who suffer from severe migraines are found to have lower levels of magnesium in their blood cells.
- CBA: Magnesium is essential for your cells in the production of energy. Too little magnesium has been linked to low energy levels. Ensuring you have an adequate magnesium intake will send you on your way to effective energy production.
- Muscle weakness: One sign of severe magnesium deficiency is muscle weakness as it supports muscle function by enabling energy to be created in the muscle cells. If we don’t have enough magnesium in our blood to provide our muscles with magnesium our body may withdraw it from the stores in our bone, leaving us with a whole host of problems.
4 real food solutions for maximum magnesium
- Mix two tablespoons or whole or ground pumpkin seeds into your porridge oats for a great magnesium-rich breakfast.
- Buckwheat blinis or pancakes with buckwheat flour and almonds.
- Wilted spinach and served with scrambled eggs for breakfast or lunch, and broccoli steamed and tossed with butter and sea salt with your evening meal
- Dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)