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Should You Take a Magnesium Supplement?

Don’t be a basic b and sleep on supplementing magnesium!!

Magnesium is super important for many processes in our body. Yet most Americans don’t get the basic dietary requirements.

OK, but why does it matter?

Low-level magnesium deficiency might play a role in hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

Magnesium is crucial for a happy thyroid and menstrual cycle.

Your need for zinc/magnesium is actually higher during the luteal phase (last two weeks) of your menstrual cycle.

Magnesium also seems to have a calming effect, making it beneficial for:

  • Muscle cramps

  • Muscle repair

  • Anxiety

  • Sleep

  • What foods is it naturally found in?

  • Dark leafy greens

  • Nuts and seeds

  • Cacao (dark chocolate - ladies this is why we crave chocolate at a certain point in our cycle, our body is telling us we need magnesium)

  • Whole grains - quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, and barley

  • Potatoes

  • Beans and legumes

When choosing a supplement:

  • Look for one that has between 50-250mg per serving

  • I like the Calm gummies, each gummy has 83mg

Getting too much magnesium can result in:

  • Diarrhea

  • Weakness or sleepiness

  • Very low blood pressure

  • Shortness of breath

If you have any concerns about adding a magnesium supplement to your daily diet consider consulting with your primary care physician or a registered dietitian first!

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