I learned about a certain mineral a few months ago, and I want to share because it can help with many common ailments, especially for the ladies.
Magnesium is involved with energy and protein production, muscles, blood pressure, bone structure, helps transfer potassium and calcium... pretty much it's involved in a lot of processing in our bodies.
Some food sources are almonds, black beans. dark leafy greens (like spinach), nuts, seeds (especially pumpkin), fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, bananas, dried fruit and dark chocolate.
As a supplement, it comes in two forms: citrate + glycinate.
Citrate is the most commonly known form because it's used to help with constipation, usually taken before you go to sleep.
Glycinate is the one that got me pumped because it helps with some annoying, common symptoms:
Magnesium levels drop right before your period... contributes to the chocolate cravings!! And this drop also contributes to the cramps (it helps with muscle function, remember). You can take it a few days before you're due, and then for the first few days of your period to lessen cramps before they start.
Eye & Muscle Twitches
I get both! When my eye is doing that obnoxious twitchy thing, I know I need to increase my magnesium levels. And if you have a muscle that keeps twitching all of a sudden, it could be that you need magnesium (or maybe you did too many calf raises!)
When I start getting into an insomnia pattern (after I check how much sugar & caffeine I've been having, checking that I'm moving my body enough, and meditating) I take a supplement before bed for a few nights to break it up.
Note: if you have low blood pressure or are on heart meds, talk to your doctor first because it can lower blood pressure -- which is awesome, but you don't want to do it without they're 'ok'!
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