Signs that you may have a magnesium deficiency

I’m not a doctor. I don’t play one on tv. I don’t try every fad diet. I do pay attention, though, to how certain foods affect health. Someone’s feeling a cold coming on? We add extra garlic to recipes. Tummy feeling off? Time to add a ginger boost.

imageMore than any recipe, the most-used book in my kitchen is the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.

This time of year it’s easy to blame fatigue, irritability, and anxiety on holiday stress or winter blues.

However, it may be a sign of a magnesium deficiency. While magnesium is incredibly important in bone and muscle cell function, it’s often over-shadowed by calcium and potassium.

Notably, many magnesium deficiency symptoms are similar to potassium deficiencies: muscle cramps, headaches, and mental confusion.

Although the RDA for magnesium is approximately 350 mg. for males & 300 mg. for females, most of us receive far below that number. At the first sign of muscle cramping, many of us reach for a banana. While they’re a great source of potassium, they don’t crack the list of top 20 magnesium-rich foods.

How can you incorporate more magnesium into your daily diet?

Snack time? Grab a handful of cashews or almonds.

Making a salad? Make it “southwest” and add some black beans, corn, and avocado.

Switch plain white rice for perfect-protein quinoa.

Boost your pasta meal with shrimp or scallops.

Simple substitutions can have a huge impact on your body’s health.

Magnesium-rich foods photo credit.


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