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5 ways to get more magnesium into your body

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Work has been quite stressful. I’ve had to take care of the merger and the restructure of the company, which has meant late nights and early mornings at the office and regular flights to Europe. I’ve eaten more fast food than a college student and know the aeroplane menus by heart. I’m feeling run down and flat. My tank is running on empty. I chatted to my GP about it, and he said that when our bodies are stressed, we may need more magnesium than usual. He recommended taking a magnesium supplement such as Slow-Mag® and following five easy diet tricks to increase my magnesium intake to give me more energy and bring the life back into my mind and body. This is what he suggested:

  1. Incorporate green, leafy vegetables into my diet. These include spinach, lettuce, rocket and broccoli.
  2. Eat a handful of seeds and nuts every day; sprinkle seeds onto a salad for extra crunch. Sunflower, flax and pumpkin seeds are readily available at the grocery store. Nuts high in magnesium include Brazil nuts, almonds and cashew nuts.
  3. Eat more beans. Beans are a great source of magnesium and can be prepared in numerous ways: as part of a salad, in stews, soups, rice dishes and as an accompaniment to meat, chicken and fish dishes.
  4. Eat your fish. Fish is not only a good source of protein but also of magnesium.
  5. However, the easiest, most convenient way of getting magnesium into my body is through supplementation.

I asked him why magnesium is so important. This is what he explained:

  • Magnesium is critical in maintaining health and preventing diseases. It activates hundreds of enzymatic reactions (normal metabolic functioning) in the body.
  • Magnesium is very important in the formation and utilisation of adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP), which transports chemical energy within cells for metabolism. ATP is the energy the body runs on. This energy is released and fuels the metabolic chemical reactions required by the body to live.
  • Magnesium also assists in the optimal functioning of our cardiovascular system, immune system, nervous system, muscles, kidneys, hormone-secreting glands and brain.
  • Magnesium therefore plays an important role in our wellbeing and emotional state.
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