The Importance of Magnesium Rich Foods For Your Diet

Magnesium is one of those minerals that you often don’t hear too much about.  But the fact remains that without this important mineral, your body would be a sorry sight indeed. 

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In fact, you are currently carrying around an ounce of magnesium in various parts of your body-mainly in the muscle, blood, soft tissues, and cells throughout your body.

And magnesium is a necessary mineral for bodily function cannot be replaced.  The benefits of magnesium rich foods are amazing!  It helps make strong teeth and bones.  It regulates function of muscle relaxation and contraction, function of nerves, and activates enzymes that affect your personal energy metabolism.   Sound important enough yet?  It also aids problems related to constipation and stiff joints. 

Overall, magnesium is just one of the minerals that enable your body to run smoothly and efficiently so that you never give it a second thought-until your body tells you loudly and clearly that it is lacking.  The next question would be where to get it.

Foods High in Magnesium
Magnesium is found in many plant sources.  Take green leafy vegetables, for example.  Now just how many kids would eat a bowl of Brussel sprouts?  And when was the last time your teen asked you for a bowl of steamed collards?  While these are indeed options (and some kids may need to just learn to gag down the healthy stuff for their own benefit!), there are more appealing ways of giving your family the greens they need for good health.  Pack a green drink with greens and fruit.  Add a bit of ice, and voila!  The perfect breakfast smoothie that kids can enjoy.  And if they disapprove of the color, simply tell them that the green helps them grow just like the weed.  (That is really fun, to see little guys run to the window to see a weed to emulate!) 

Another option would be to make delicious salads out of the greenery.  One of my all-time favorite salads uses an avocado, a tomato, a good two tablespoons of lemon juice, dash of cayenne pepper, and sprinkling of sea salt-all mashed together with a head of washed and cut kale. It is a flavorful, slightly spicy, and amazingly fresh medley of flavors that is sure to provide you with plenty of magnesium.

Other magnesium rich foods include nuts, seeds, and whole grain cereals.  But it must be whole-grain; nearly eighty percent of the magnesium supply is removed during the refinement process.  Likewise, brown rice, apples, cherries, figs, raisins, prunes, alfalfa, celery, lemons, milk, soybeans, and peas are all great sources of magnesium.  It shouldn’t be that hard to start including more of this mineral in your daily diet.    And if you are having consistent problems such as those mentioned in the beginning of the article, check with your local doctor to find a good, plant-based supplement to take in addition to a wholesome diet.

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