Epsom Salt/Magnesium #bebetter52

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Do you have trouble with sleeping, stress, or high blood pressure? This week's Be Better Challenge could help you with all three and more!

This week's Be Better Challenge is to incorporate magnesium into your life. You can take an epsom salt bath, use magnesium oil, take a supplement, or eat foods rich in magnesium.

Magnesium helps to calm nerves, prevent migraines, avoid osteoporosis, relieve muscle aches and spasms, aid digestion by relieving constipation, improve mood, alleviate PMS, increase energy, and also to treat insomnia. Stress, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar deplete magnesium which means many of us might have a magnesium deficiency and not even know it.

Luckily, there are many ways to incorporate magnesium into your life this week. Adding 2-3 cups of epsom salt to a warm bath and soaking for around 20 minutes is an easy way to complete this week's challenge. If you're feeling under the weather, a detox bath might be helpful with 2 cups of epsom salt and 1 cup of baking soda in a warm bath. If you're struggling with restless legs or not sleeping well, a topical magnesium oil or lotion might be a good option for you. You can make these yourself by dissolving 1/2 cup of epsom salt into 3/4 cup hot water. Magnesium oil can be added to a thick lotion and used on your feet and calves before bed. There are also magnesium oils and lotions on the market you can purchase. (Be careful not to get the oil on cuts or freshly shaved legs as it might sting a little.)

Another way to complete this week's challenge is to eat foods that are rich in magnesium. Banana, squash, broccoli, spinach, dark chocolate, kale, pineapple, strawberries, figs, red meat, corn, potatoes, nuts, yogurt or kefir, and seeds are all options rich in magnesium. Pumpkin seeds are an especially good source of magnesium, so keep the seeds when you cook a pumpkin for your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie! Post a picture of your completed challenge on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #bebetterchallenge to earn more toward charity.