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Do you suffer from anxiety, constipation, fatigue, or muscle cramps or spasms? Then you might be suffering from a magnesium deficiency.

What causes magnesium deficiency?

One huge reason is the amount of foods we eat that are over processed and low in magnesium. Almost 80% of people do not get enough of this mineral. Eighty percent! We should be consuming about 350-600 milligrams or more per day, but most people only get around 150 milligrams. In addition to processed foods, other things that can cause low magnesium include eating too much sugar, drinking too much alcohol or coffee, and certain prescription drugs such as antacids.

Why do we need magnesium?

Magnesium relaxes muscles, reduces constipation, creates energy, helps with serotonin production, improves sleep, and helps us with digesting fats, protein and carbs.

My story

For years I suffered from chronic muscle pain, poorly controlled asthma, fibromyalgia, and insomnia. About ten years ago, my nutritionist put me on a blend called magnesium malate by Designs for Health. From the very first night I took it the results were immediate and amazing. I didn’t need my asthma  inhaler during the night. My lungs and muscles felt relaxed. I slept amazingly well and when I woke up I didn’t hurt at all.

At one point, I ran out of my usual magnesium and bought some from the nutrition store that was near my apartment at the time. The next morning I woke up tired, with tightness in my chest, and the aches and pains were back. I had a assumed that anything I bought from a nutrition store would be high quality but I quickly learned that is not the case. I’ll admit it, I’ve been a vitamin snob ever since. I only use Designs for Health brand. It’s the one supplement I never go without. (If you don’t suffer from constipation and the malate blend is too much for you, you can try another form, magnesium buffered chelate, also by Designs for Health.)

I always take magnesium at night, about an hour or two before bedtime because it helps me relax, makes me feel sleepy, and helps me sleep though the whole night.

Foods high in magnesium

Magnesium Rich Foods

Foods high in magnesium include dark leafy greens, seeds and nuts, fish, beans, avocados, bananas, dried fruit, and dark chocolate. Yes, you heard me right, dark chocolate. If you’re a chocolate lover or crave it regularly, it could be a sign you are deficient in magnesium.

signs of magnesium deficiency

So, if you suffer from these symptoms of magnesium deficiency:

  • anxiety
  • constipation
  • fatigue
  • muscle cramps or spasms
  • trouble falling asleep

try a magnesium supplement and treat yourself to some chocolate!

Update: My new favorite way to take magnesium:

Goodnight Lotion from Earthley. This isn’t just another lotion scented with lavender to help you fall asleep more peacefully. It has magnesium in it! When I saw there was a magnesium cream out there, it opened up a whole new world to me. The skin is our largest organ and the fastest way to get anything into our bodies. A magnesium lotion sounded like the perfect idea.

I’ve been using it on myself and my daughter for the last several weeks and have found it to work better than my supplement, plus it’s cheaper! I’m not kidding. I’m sleeping so much better and aching so much less. It’s easy for my daughter to use because it doesn’t require her swallowing a great big pill. She really falls sleep easier and gets better rest with it and it helps her chronic constipation. It’s our little nightly ritual now to apply some of this cream. (And it is scented with lavender.

If you don’t like lavender, you can buy an unscented version called Mama’s Magnesium Dream Cream. I’m in love with the whole Earthley shop, really. It felt like such a self care treat when I opened my box. (I also ordered a chocolate rose bath powder and a pumpkin body butter and lip balm, limited edition for fall.) I love that all of the products are handmade by a mama!

(Of course, here comes the standard disclaimer: It is important to have the proper ratios of magnesium and calcium. Always be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any new supplements. I am not a nutritionist or health care provider. I am only sharing my own personal experience.)

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And of Course, who couldn’t use a few good chocolate recipes while we’re on the subject?

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