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main shutterstock_7638571Magnesium is an important mineral for preserving your body’s youthfulness. A lack of magnesium in the body can leave your cells to become more vulnerable to damage by free radicals, which can also increase the ageing process.  Unfortunately in today’s world majority of people in the west are magnesium deficient and don’t even know it, this can pose many health problems, both short and long term. naturally 

Your best sources for magnesium are foods that are not processed. If you have enough magnesium throughout the day, you shouldn’t have any problems with a deficiency unless you have trouble absorbing the mineral all together. People who usually have trouble absorbing the mineral are those with Chrohn’s, IBS, ulcerative colitis and/or any other intestinal absorption problems. Here are some helpful tips that you can do that will help you increase your magnesium consumption naturally, without the need for supplementation. 

Good natural sources of magnesium include, brown rice, beans, grains, nuts, fresh spinach, soybeans, broccoli, green peas, corn, squash, sweet and regular potatoes, molasses, oatmeal, shrimps, clams, oysters, crab, skim milk. 

Magnesium is often washed or peeled away from most foods so it’s best to eat magnesium rich foods that have been processed as little as possible. For example the broccoli and spinach should be eaten raw in order to get the full amount of magnesium without cooking/washing it off.

High fat and sugar diets are magnesium killers. Make sure to limit your fat and sugar intake because they can interfere with your magnesium absorption. Be sure to eat lots of foods that were listed above to make sure that you are getting a sufficient amount of magnesium in your day to day life. The recommended amount of magnesium for healthy adults is 280 mg for women and 350 mg for men.

Happy healthy living,

Namaste.

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