So Tell Me About Magnesium

So Tell Me About Magnesium

I’m having such a wonderful time sharing with you what I’ve discovered about minerals!

Honestly, I really had no idea when I started on my organic food journey what amazing discoveries lay ahead!

We’ve looked at sodium and potassium, and today I’d like to share with you what I’ve discovered about magnesium.

Do you know much about it? I didn’t but what I discovered was that when I started eating raw organic carrots, my migraine symptoms started to lessen.

Couple that with spending time out in the sun again and receiving free vitamin D – after 30 years of avoiding it, no kidding – and I had a recipe for healing!

Say what…vitamin D and magnesium helped with migraine symptoms?

Yes! I didn’t know it at the time but looking back now I can see how I had an immediate improvement from the moment I started eating organic fruit and veges.

The first food I tried was an organic banana and unbeknown to me I was already ingesting a good level of potassium.

When I started lightly salting my food again – wow! Not only did it taste a whole lot better, my body just loved the health improvement.

So, today we’re taking a look at magnesium and, again unbeknown to me, when I consumed an organic carrot for the first time in decades, I got a great boost of magnesium! Combine the banana with the carrot and I was already ingesting great minerals to start me back on the pathway to good health.

What a wonderful mineral magnesium is. If you source your products from an organic source, you will get even more magnesium in your food. Industrialised agriculture has caused a deficiency in all minerals and this includes magnesium. That’s why it’s important to source your food from an organic supply.

I had my suspicions and research has confirmed that our mineral deficiency can also come about due to consuming commercially processed food and missing out on the goodness of minerals that you find in unprocessed, natural food. Processing of grains, seeds and sugar removes almost all of the magnesium and other mineral benefits, so it’s important to consume organic food wherever possible.

With organic farming, soil fertility is enhanced and improved by managing organic matter and not through adding fertilisers, so the natural minerals in the soil then are transferred to the food.

And our bodies need these minerals to produce healthy cells, to function correctly, especially during menopause – when our bodies are undergoing a huge chemical/hormonal shift.

So, where do we find it in food?

Whole grains – brown rice, quinoa, millet, barley, buckwheat Fish

  • Nuts and seeds – cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • Dried fruit
  • Chocolate
  • Yoghurt
  • Avocados
  • Beans
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Carrots

And what does magnesium do?

Helps digestion

  • Relieves aches and pains
  • Regulates levels of potassium and sodium (that’s why a complete salt is needed for your diet)
  • Increases energy and calms anxiety
  • Helps prevent migraine
  • Helps our muscle movement
  • Regulates neurotransmitters
  • Helps fight depression

And lots more

As with all minerals, we need balance – in fact we need that across the board.

Balancing our lives, especially during menopause, is so important to managing not only our health but our family and relationships, as well as our careers.

So, eating a balanced diet is the best way to get your dose of magnesium and ensure you enjoy the best of health. Also, using a good quality natural salt for seasoning – totally natural without any processing, bleaching or additives.

I believe all deficiencies are best handled through changes to diet – preferably to organic fruit and vegetables at the least.

You may like to investigate taking a supplement but you need to research this for yourself first and, if you are under the care of a medical professional (especially if you’re on medications) then you need to consult them before taking any supplements.

Whenever I have a hankering for a piece of chocolate I always have an organic carrot first and it’s amazing how many times I don’t even bother with the chocolate as the magnesium content in the carrot has taken care of the urge! Quite amazing – food is the greatest healer of all, organic food that is.

The greatest thing I’ve even done – and I encourage you to do this – is make yourself a project. Fill out an excel spreadsheet and type out all your symptoms.

Look at each symptom individually and research it to see what you can find.

I never knew at the time that turning back to real food was the beginning of my return to good health. Can it be that simple? Yes!

We give so much of our rights and decisions to others – our bodies are our bodies and they are ours to look after to the best of our ability.

It’s no-one else’s responsibility to get you well and keep you well.

It’s yours!

You can keep on looking outwards to find answers or you can trust me enough to start eating organic food again. To take your diet and put it under a microscope.

Honestly, it’s the best feeling in the world – to know that what you’re putting into your body is going to do you good.

Now, I’m not suggesting you run off and start consuming loads of organic food to try to bump up your mineral content – just change one thing today. Of course, that one thing would be organic fruits and veges, which is what I did.

In the middle of feeling like you-know-what, I decided to investigate and see where I could get fresh organic fruit and veges. I found a place about 50km from my home and phoned up a past work colleague to see if she wanted to drive up there with me.

It was the funniest trip as we were using her GPS and it kept on telling us to do a U turn and turn around! Talk about laugh – it felt good to finally be doing something positive to help myself.

As it turned out we got very lost (thanks so much GPS) and in the end I found a street I knew and got back my direction. That’s a funny thing that plays up during menopause and I can remember my Mum going through that too – we got lost going to the local pool on a few occasions!

So, eventually we found this business that sold organic fruit and veges – it was tucked away in an industrial area and when we walked into the warehouse (no bells and whistles there) it was full of wonderful fruity smells and I gravitated towards the barrels of all sorts of fruits and tray after tray of veges.

What struck me was how fresh it all was, and looked amazing.

Because we had taken so long to get to the warehouse, having gotten lost a few times, we had to quickly pick out our selection and then head off home.

That was the momentous day I selected some bananas and a variety of other fruit and veges, plus some other grocery items. It felt weird shopping in an out of the way place like that and the prices were rather high.

You see, I had already had my epiphany – that was that I would rather spend money now on good food than in the future sitting in a specialist’ office being told there was nothing they could do.

That’s not to say that it was easy though – I really struggled with justifying that amount of money for groceries, fruit and veges.

But, I am so glad I did and hope you too will take a good long look at your health and weigh up the benefits in switching to organic food.

I’ve just finished munching on a beautiful organic carrot and can feel it doing me good. Don’t waste one more day worrying about your health, switch to organic fruit and veges and start feeling the difference as each day goes by.

What a wonderful way to get our daily minerals, through wholesome food and it’s been 3 years since I’ve visited a doctor – three years and counting…

Any questions or if I can help at all – feel free to email:

tess.dryswan@aapt.net.au

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