Magnesium is an essential mineral for mental health. In fact, the National Institute of Health (NIH) reports that a sign of magnesium deficiency is depression. Additionally, for potassium to get inside
our cells, it is necessary that is coupled with magnesium as magnesium and potassium travel best together, and magnesium keeps the potassium inside the cell. This is important because potassium promotes cell expansion (a healthy cell). When the cell is healthy, a person functions optimally, both physically and emotionally. When the cell is open and permeable, you feel happy, energetic, and optimistic.
Approximately 70 percent of the United States population suffers from magnesium deficiency, yet you can find plenty of magnesium in foods such as basil, fennel, legumes, vegetables (especially green vegetables), and most of whole grains and seeds. It is important to note that only when grains are in their whole form like brown rice and whole wheat contain magnesium, but the minerals are lost, once these are refined and made into white process food. So, it is best to eat cereals, pastas and bread products made with whole grains. Fruits, meat, and fish are low in magnesium.
The health benefits of magnesium-rich foods are:
Magnesium deficiency may affect older people and It also result from excess consumption of alcohol, and some health conditions, such as a gastrointestinal disorder, and the use of some medications. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:
You should try to get most of your minerals from the food you eat. Many vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients work synergistically. This means that taking them together brings more benefit for health than consuming them separately. Therefore, It is better to focus on a healthy, balanced diet to meet daily requirements for magnesium and other nutrients, and to use supplements as a backup.
such as phytic acid, tannins, enzyme inhibitors, and hard-to-digest components of the grains, legumes, and nuts. And at the same time, it helps to release beneficial nutrients like vitamin B and minerals. Soaking also starts the sprouting process, which makes your food more alkalizing and easier to digest.
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Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.