One of My Favorite Nutrients

"I want to learn how to use food as medicine", common phrase from my patients, as they sit down eager to learn how to take care of themselves in the best way possible. That's wonderful, but food quality is not what it used to be, and supplements are used in ADDITION TO a healthful diet, not a replacement. 

So, one of my favorite nutrients to add to everyone's plan? 
MAGNESIUM! 
Nature's relaxer. 

You may be deficient if:
  • Period cramps
  • Constipated
  • Muscle soreness
  • Mood changes
  • Low energy
  • Sugar, or other food cravings
  • Low libido/ sex drive
  • Anxious
  • Sleep disturbance

To name a few.. And I know, incredibly specific symptoms, right!? Wrong. Chances are we all experience one or more of these symptoms at any given time, so this is a great mineral that's abundant in common nutritious foods that will help you achieve your health goals for 'Food as medicine', coined by Hippocrates. 

Food sources include, but not limited to:

  • Avocado
  • Almonds
  • Dark leafy greens (e.g. spinach, kale, chard, collard greens)
  • Cashews
  • Fish
  • Seeds (e.g. pumpkin, flax)
  • Dark chocolate (go for organic, at least 70%)

Check out one of my favorite dessert recipes here chockfull of this wonderful mineral! 


However, magnesium sold as a supplement comes in at least 5+ different forms, each one indicated for certain needs, so best talk with your health care professional for the one that's best for you. 


Craving more? No pun intended- make yourself a warm bath with epsom salts (one of my favorites is NaturalCalm Lavender, an herb with additional calming properties), a wonderful external way to absorb magnesium.