Magnesium #bebetter52

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When you hear the word Magnesium, do you immediately think back to your high school chemistry class? Many people do not know how good magnesium is for you.

Ingesting magnesium has many benefits such as increasing energy levels, calming nerves, relieving muscle aches and spasms, and preventing migraine headaches. Other than buying Mg supplements from health food stores, there are many natural ways to increase the magnesium content in your body.

Here are the top 10 magnesium-rich foods from draxe.com to help you:

  1. Spinach, cooked — 1 cup: 157 milligrams

  2. Swiss chard, cooked — 1 cup: 150 milligrams

  3. Dark Chocolate — 1 square: 95 milligrams

  4. Pumpkin seeds, dried — 1/8 cup: 92 milligrams

  5. Almonds — 1 ounce: 75 milligrams

  6. Black beans — 1/2 cup: 60 milligrams

  7. Avocado — 1 medium: 58 milligrams

  8. Figs, dried — 1/2 cup: 50 milligrams

  9. Yogurt or kefir — 1 cup: 46.5 milligrams

  10. Banana — 1 medium: 32 milligrams

In addition to these foods, other ways to take in magnesium are available. You can make your own magnesium oils and magnesium lotions, take epsom salt baths and juice your greens! Juicing greens is common in many houses and will help you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Many of us have impaired digestion as a result of making poor food choices over the years, thereby limiting the body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from vegetables. Other than juicing your greens, taking epsom salt baths is a great way to relax and increase your magnesium. This works well as epsom salt is a compound of magnesium and sulfate, both of which are easily absorbed through the skin. Epsom salt baths are a great way to boost magnesium levels.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Add two cups of Epsoak Epsom salt to a bath with warm, not steaming hot, water.

  2. Soak for 15-20 minutes, ideally 3 times each week.

So there you have it. This week's #bebetter52 challenge is to eat Magnesium rich foods and reap the health benefits. Hopefully, you’ll now see magnesium as a mineral your body needs rather than just an element on the periodic table.