Are you yawning or feeling your eyes glazing over as you’re reading this?
Then chances are you might not be getting enough magnesium in your diet.
Known as one of the most essential minerals for health and wellbeing, magnesium is a must have for your body.
But more and more often, naturopaths and other medical professionals are seeing tired and rundown patients with magnesium deficiencies.
This can lead to a range of health conditions such as fatigue, headaches, constipation and muscle spasms.
So what could be causing you to be magnesium deficient?
Drinking too much alcohol and caffeine or having too much sugar and salt in your diet can lower your magnesium levels.
High levels of stress have also been linked to magnesium deficiency.
Researchers are also pointing to modern agricultural practices that “have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows” as a cause.
How can you get more magnesium back in your body?
Apart from reducing your intake of alcohol, caffeine, sugar and salt, you can try adding more magnesium rich foods to your diet.
Highly quality organic dairy products, whole grains, legumes and nuts, green leafy vegetables and natural salts are all great for boosting your magnesium levels.
For those looking for supplements, there are plenty of options out there.
Supplements such as magnesium oxide, magnesium citrate and magnesium orotate all have their own individual benefits for your health and wellbeing treating a variety of common conditions from blood pressure to headaches, migraines, back pain and constipation.
You can also try soaking in a bath of Epsom salts.
Rich in magnesium, an Epsom salt bath can work wonders if you’re feeling tired or drowsy all the time.
Just add two cups of natural Epsom salts to the tub and soak for at least 20 minutes – you’ll reap the benefits of boosting your magnesium levels.
So next time you’re feeling drowsy, remember a lack of magnesium could be the root cause.
For more information about magnesium supplements, be sure to have a talk with your GP about the best options for you.