A few months ago I became extra curious about the mineral Magnesium (Mg) for two reasons: a family member asked me how to get more into his diet, and a friend asked me why it’s good for you. I honestly didn’t know and didn’t care much, but for family and friends I make it my business to care. I love food and fitness related questions, because they are what spark my interest and grow my knowledge. Turns out, it was about time I learned about Mg.
What I did know is that like almost all vitamins and minerals, it definitely has an important function that our body needs to remain fit and fueled. What I learned is that Mg does exactly that…it literally “fuels” us with energy. When we have no magnesium in our bodies we have no energy. Your body not only needs Mg, but it needs it all day, every day, at each and every moment. Yeah, it’s sort of amazing and annoying like that. There’s no skimping on this guy. You neglect to let Mg into your life, and you will feel the consequences. What are these consequences? The most common side effects include: fatigue, anxiety, twitchy muscles, irritability, and constipation. Sound like you? Well, you may be in need of Mg.
So how do you get magnesium? Borrowing from Dr. Oz “If you really want to have high energy levels all day long, the best way to get it is through FOOD.” Love when people reaffirm the food is fuel mantra. For those of you wondering whether your daily multivitamin will do the trick, it helps, but will not give you optimal results in the way that food does.
What are some of the best foods sources? Here are a few to get you started: Halibut, Edamame, Brown Rice, Avocado, Nuts & Seeds (e.g., Almonds, Brazil Nuts, and Pumpkin Seeds), Bananas, Oatmeal, Quinoa, Kidney Beans, Black Beans, Lentils, and Spinach. Check out this fun slide show on good sources of Mg, which also includes additional health facts and benefits about each of the foods. This Magnesium Rich Foods Chart is also an awesome reference.
Looking for fast results? I have some goods news. Incorporate Mg-rich foods into your diet, and in 1 week and you will start to feel better! If you don’t believe me, then please prove me wrong.