Magnesium is such an important part of maintaining a healthy immune system. It is a vital mineral that the body needs to cooperate at a optimal level. It keeps the heart healthy, helps regulate the blood, and gives us the energy we need to get through our days. This mineral is a huge component in balancing out the calcium intake in our body. It is a bio factor in 300 enzyme systems within the body. It is vital that we are not deficient in this mineral.

Magnesium deficiency has many symptoms that can show up within the body. If you are naturally energetic, and then for a few weeks start feeling lethargic for a unknown reason, check in with your doctor to get a blood test to see what your magnesium levels are. Symptoms that can show up include hyperactiveness, fatigue, poor memory, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Everyone has a different body chemistry, so I am not saying that if you have these symptoms, you have a magnesium deficiency. It could be a host of other things. It is wise to get a blood test to strike out the magnesium deficiency.

Questions to ask yourself if you think you may have a deficiency

  1. Do you drink carbonated beverages on a daily basis? These carbonated beverages contain phosphates which will automatically lower your magnesium levels. It doesn’t matter if you eat healthy greens every day, these type of beverages slowly pushes the magnesium out of your body.
  2. Are you under a high amount of stress? Stress causes the fight or flight in your body. A  lack of magnesium can cause stress levels to rise, and cause a severe case of anxiety also. It’s important to start exercising, meditating, or trying yoga to fight off that stress, and keep your body in a healthy state.\
  3. Do you drink more alcohol than normal? Alcohol causes many health ailments over time, but drinking a lot through the weeks can cause huge magnesium deficiency, and can wreak havoc on the kidneys. It is best to cut out alcohol through the week, or just cut back period.

If you answered Yes to these three questions, and are feeling any of the above symptoms, it is best to try to see your doctor, and talk with them about checking your levels out. This is an important mineral our body needs. Adapting to healthy living, and a healthy diet is what will get your levels back on track. Some great magnesium foods include leafy greens, nuts, beans, fish, and bananas. Try adding these to you daily diet, and cutting out the sugar. A magnesium supplement may also be helpful. This is an important part of keeping you in optimal health. magnesium filled greens

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I’m sure you all have heard the word Quinoa,  in the land of health. Any more, you see it in health magazines, books, podcasts, and so forth, that’s because of the amazing health benefits this super grain has. Quinoa is similar to buckwheat, but is not a member of the true grass family. This super grain resembles amaranth. Quinoa originated in the region of Peru, and this grain is full of amazing nutrients such as Potassium, Iron, Zinc, Folate, and Magnesium, which we all know are amazing vitamins we need to keep our bodies strong and healthy. FullSizeRender (91)

There are so many ways to incorporate Quinoa into your daily diet. I love adding to fresh grilled vegetables, or adding to my fish . One cup of Quinoa contains a whopping 5 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein. Its very low in calories, at only having 22 calories and 4 grams of fat in one cup. Just adding one cup to your dinner with vegetables, gives you a sufficient amount of vitamins. Quinoa is loaded up with iron, which many people are deficient in. Low iron can bring on fatigue, and you may not even know you have low iron. The sufficient amount of iron can help you maintain healthy blood cells.

Quinoa is full of magnesium, which relaxes blood vessels, helps prevent diabetes, and helps with keeping bones healthy and thriving. It is filled with antioxidants , which helps your body with aging well, and helps you live longer. Because Quinoa is so low in calories, it helps keep the weight off, and can prevent you from gaining weight if it is eaten properly. This should be added to your diet to give you more antioxidants. If you are one that likes to eat pasta and grains, try to replace your white flour pasta, which probably isn’t that healthy for you, with some quinoa. It doesn’t take a lot for you to gain the rewards from this. If you are unsure on how to make it, or what to pair it with, check out pinterest, for some amazing recipes. You can also check out some of my recipes, as I have incorporated Quinoa into some of them.

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