Luckily there are some great food based sources of magnesium:
• Green leafy veggies: such as kale, spinach, beet green or silverbeet. Try including a daily green smoothie into your routine for some extra green veggies. Ensure you have something green and leafy on your dinner plate each night.
Try a tasty green juice blend.
• Nuts and seeds: Raw almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, walnuts, pepitas and sesame seeds are the best sources. Add into your cereal or yoghurt, or snack on these between meals.
Try Roasted Mushroom and Almond Pesto salad.
• Whole grains: Quinoa, whole wheat, buckwheat, rye, brown rice, millet. Wheat bran and wheat germ are quite high and these can be added into smoothies or cereals.
Try this incredible Choc Chip Cia Bread.
• Cacao: Yes chocolate is high in magnesium and this may be why some people may crave it. Stick to dark chocolate (the others are high in sugar and heavily processed) or use cacao powder or nibs in cereals, smoothies, yoghurt or bliss balls.
Try Matcha Bliss Balls.
Include the foods listed above regularly in your diet and you will be able to keep your magnesium at an adequate level. Another great way to increase your magnesium levels is to have an Epsom salt bath- a great way to soothe the muscles and top up your magnesium at the same time.
See more great articles from Naturopath Hayley Stockbridge.