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.
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.
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