I have been asked on numerous occasions if I take protein or supplements, so I figured I would share with you what I use and why. This will be ongoing because I want to give you quality information but do not want to overwhelm you in one post.
The first supplement I am going to share is magnesium. When I was strength training, lifting daily, I noticed that my muscles were tight. I stretched, did yoga and stretched some more but it didn’t give the relief I was looking for. At the time I was working part-time at a health and wellness store and began doing research and asking questions. It was suggested that I try Natural Calm, as it helps to relax muscles. After two nights of using the supplement, I noticed a HUGE difference in how my muscles felt, my sleep and even my POOP. And you know as the GutChick, I am ever-mindul of the bowel situation. So I began to look further into Natural Calm, which essentially is magnesium, to find what made it so helpful.
Per Natural Vitality: Magnesium is one of the most important basic nutrients that power our bodies, and it is required for more than 700 biochemical reactions. But since our bodies don’t produce this mineral, we need to replenish its supply every day. Due to nutrient-deficient soil and fast-paced lifestyles, few of us (estimated at less than one in five) get sufficient magnesium in our diets. This means supplementation is needed.
Magnesium works on a cellular level and contributes to our molecular and cellular function, contributing to muscle relaxation, heart health, brain and nervous system support and regulation of metabolism. Finding this information was astounding because this mineral is packed with power for our bodies.
And LADIES, consuming adequate magnesium may aid in reducing premenstrual symptoms, such as bloating, insomnia, leg swelling, weight gain, and breast tenderness. (SN: I do not deal with PMS like I used to since becoming a mindful, plant-based eater but that is another post.)
Khadijah, how do I know if I can benefit from magnesium?
(Do you experience any of the following?)
loss of appetite
nausea and vomiting
numbness and tingling
muscle cramps, spasms, and / or weakness
heart rhythm changes and spasms
pain in the neck and back
It has been said that when under stress, the body tends to quickly deplete its stores of magnesium. One very common symptom of its deficiency is chocolate cravings since chocolate is rich in this essential mineral. Its deficiency can be a major cause of diabetes, depression, and menopausal symptoms.
Khadijah, how can I get magnesium?
Sunflower seeds, almonds, and shrimp are some of the foods high in magnesium (I do not recommend shrimp, as I prefer non-flesh sources).
FYI – Magnesium supplements can interact with different drugs, so it is best to check with a doctor before taking them. Any excess magnesium will be eliminated in your urine, which is why drinking adequate amounts of water is beneficial in general because it helps with elimination.
Intentionally, taking magnesium and increasing foods rich in magnesium can be extremely beneficial. There is no need to endure the symptoms noted above if they can be remedied by what you ingest and more often than not, they can. What you eat, drink and supplement with is essential to living a quality life. Be mindful of what your body is telling you it needs and answer accordingly.
Remember: Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates.
The information shared in this article is for educational purposes. It is not to diagnose or treat any illness. As the reader please do your own research (reference the links included), in order to make informed decisions about YOUR health and wellness.
Thanks to Natural Vitality, Organic Facts and Medical News for information that contributed to this post.