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What comes to mind when you think of MAGNESIUM?

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I tend to think of science. Whether it is biology or astronomy or chemistry, a mental image of the periodic table tends to come to mind. Magnesium actually has many uses and is naturally abundant in humans and in the world around us. Without magnesium, life could not exist. The all-important photosynthesis process would not occur, and the many enzymes in the body would not work. So you can imagine how deficiency of this magnificent mineral affects the body!

Signs of Potential Magnesium Deficiency:

  • Muscle cramps, spasms and weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetitie
  • Apathy and confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Memory problems
  • Rapid heartbeat and other heart problems
  • Decreased insulin-resistance
  • Nausea
  • Migraines
    The list goes on!

So how does magnesium help the body?

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  • Improves overall metabolic profile
  • Aids healthy blood sugar metabolism
  • Supports lowering blood pressure
  • Replenishes magnesium that is depleted by diabetic medications
  • Helps promote bone health and may have beneficial effects on heart health
  • An important mineral required for normal nerve and muscle function

Not too shabby! So how do you make sure you supply your body with enough of this awesome mineral to keep it feeling good?

Diet always plays a role in how we feel. Food is fuel, and fuel makes you go, right? Those leafy greens that so many love (or love to hate…kale, yeah!) are a great source of magnesium. If you aren’t into green juice and kale salad, whole grains and certain fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, veggies and fish also make the list of high magnesium suppliers. Also, even one square of dark chocolate contains a notable amount of magnesium (you’re welcome)!


Meditate and Feel Great

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In the interest of feeling good did you ever consider a daily mediation ritual? Or have you tried meditating and promptly concluded that you don’t know how, you can’t quiet your mind enough, you think about all kinds of things too much, you fidget too much, the list goes on of why we can’t meditate.

Studies have shown that meditation can reduce stress and improve health. A simple technique practiced for as few as 10 minutes per day can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health, and achieve a greater capacity for relaxation.

Again, in the interest of feeling better and assisting your overall health let’s take another look at the practice of mediation, shall we? Go back to the adage, ‘practice makes perfect’ or in this case, practice makes a healthy habit! Wherever you are on the meditation scale – never tried it or tried it but didn’t like it, or just can’t find the time – give it a go, surrender 10-15 minutes of your day and experiment with different techniques and most importantly, go easy on yourself.                                                                      

                                              BE EASY. BREATHE. GO WITH THE FLOW. RELAX.

Meditation is about breathing and focusing on your breath so that your thoughts can take a break. Slow your whole mind/body down to get in touch with a beautiful rhythm that can take you on a remarkable journey – perhaps of healing, renewal or simply, peace.

I have meditated on and off for many, many years. I was introduced to transcendental meditation [ https://www.tm.org/ ] at the age of 11. I must confess that I feel better and life is just easier when I make it a daily practice (15 min for me). I have included a few links here to help you get started or reboot yourself in the healthful practice of meditation.

 

http://www.healthandfitnesstravel.com/blog/8-reasons-why-meditation-is-good-for-your-health

https://zenhabits.net/meditation-guide/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/guided-meditation-relaxation_n_4235832.html

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2011/jan/22/how-to-meditate-ten-steps-headspace

https://chopra.com/articles/learn-to-meditate-in-6-easy-steps#sm.0000sgnvy9j4sdtcxpo1bare6bi5v


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