Dr. Lipman writes, “Good supplies of magnesium can be found in lots of good-for-you foods, like wild-caught Pacific halibut, leafy greens, powdered green drinks, spinach, black beans, pumpkin and squash seeds. The challenge is that most of us don’t get enough of it—and with magnesium responsible for so many bodily functions, it’s easy to see why getting more of it is so important.
What else contains magnesium? Avocados, bananas, raisins and dark chocolate. Sign me up! We love those foods!
You can’t marginalize this mighty mineral. Dr. Mark Hyman writes, “a deficiency in this critical nutrient makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.”
Dr. Hyman continues, “I find it very funny that more doctors aren’t clued in to the benefits of magnesium…I remember using magnesium when I worked in the emergency room. It was a critical “medication” on the crash cart. If someone was dying of a life-threatening arrhythmia (or irregular heart beat), we used intravenous magnesium. If someone was constipated or needed to prepare for colonoscopy, we gave them milk of magnesia or a green bottle of liquid magnesium citrate, which emptied their bowels.”
Dr. Hyman then goes on to share that “it is an antidote to stress, the most powerful relaxation mineral available, and it can help improve your sleep.”
I never thought about it this way. But let’s do a quick summary: More sleep, less stress! Why isn’t everyone talking about this?
That’s all I needed. The sleep thing. With four kids, a wonderful though sometimes loud husband and a mind that often can’t stop, I knew I had to try it, if only for sleep alone.
I don’t know how many years it’s been now. All of us are now on it. The kids ask for it.
And their favorite magnesium product, hands down, is Natural Calm. It was one of those things that when I first put it on the counter, they tried it, no asking. It doesn’t happen often, and since we had already received the nudge from the pediatrician, I was totally pumped.
They loved it.
Maybe it’s the monkey see, monkey do thing, I don’t know. But we got going on this, followed our doc’s advice, and it’s become part of our routine.
Stress is always going to be part of our daily lives. With the nonstop presence of social media, work, errands, kids’ activities, appointments and so much more, we need every resource we can find to help manage it.
Life is what you make of it, always has been, always will be and this one mighty mineral can play a role in that
So talk to your doc, your dietitian, and your pediatrician about magnesium. I’m so glad that ours insisted that we did.