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Ayurvedic Insights: Magnesium

with Bunty Martin

Are you working up a good old sweat in class? Why not... It stimulates the production of those feel-good chemical endorphins. While it’s true a good workout can do wonders for the body {I’m thinking body detoxifying, lower risk of kidney stones & cold prevention, just to mention a few} the reality is through sweat we also lose Magnesium.

Now, Magnesium doesn’t get as much airtime as minerals like Calcium or Iron do, but you might be surprised to hear that over 300 bodily functions rely on Magnesium ~ and it is the single most important mineral for sports nutrition.

What’s more, Magnesium deficiency can also lead to a host of common problems like depression, insomnia, anxiety, PMS, fatigue, migraines and muscle cramps…

Sound familiar? Research shows many people do not get enough magnesium in their diets and low magnesium levels can actually cause more sweating.

Why not increase Magnesium rich foods in your diet by including some of the top ten foods sources, which are: Kelp, Almonds, Cashews, Molasses, Buckwheat, Brazil nuts, Dulce, Filberts, Millet & Pecans.

Please note It's important to soak nuts for twelve hours to activate them, then rinse them, which releases enzyme inhibitors, Phytic acid. Otherwise, eating nuts may increase Magnesium levels but decrease Zinc levels, which is also another essential mineral.

So, what does Ayurveda tell us about Magnesium? If you’re feeling dull, sluggish, and drained of energy every day, it could mean that your diet contains too many energy-draining foods, which have clogged your microcirculatory channels with toxins, called Ama in Ayurveda. Now is an opportunity to upgrade your diet to include delicious foods that create more Ojas and energy.

Adding Ayurvedic spices to your food is an easy way to increase the value of Chetna, or nature's intelligence. Try sautéing cumin, coriander, fennel, and turmeric in ghee, then combine with sautéed or steamed vegetables or cooked grains. Or add spices to your drinking water to boost your energy. The important thing is to eat foods every day that boost your energy, rather than relying on artificial boosters when you feel your energy lower.

Try soaking pecan, almond and cashew nuts overnight in water. The next day, blend the mixture together to make a nut milk. By adding Turmeric melted with ghee to make a butter, add it to the milk and sweeten with a dash of Molasses.

Voilà, a high Magnesium golden milk drink.

The benefits of taking care of your Magnesium levels include: better sleep, a more relaxed nervous system, bigger & stronger muscles, better flexibility, bone integrity & strength ~ oh and an alkalised & hydrated body which helps to relieve constipation & enzyme function.

Let's face it, by taking care of your Magnesium levels you can expect to work harder for longer, improve your overall strength and flexibility and speed up your recovery after exercise...what is not to like about this wondrous mineral?

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