Are you magnesium deficient?

magnesium deficiency

Are you getting enough magnesium in your diet or through supplementation? If you are like most people the answer is no. I’ve read statistics that say that as much as 90% of us aren’t getting enough and are therefore magnesium deficient.

Why is this happening? The short answer is that we don’t eat enough of the foods that have a high amount of magnesium in them.

When was the last time you ate these foods?

Raw Spinach
Squash and Pumpkin Seeds
Macquerel Fish
Lentils
Black Eyed Peas
Quinoa
Millet
Buckwheat
Avocados
Figs
Bananas

If you are like the average American (and probably Canadian and other Ango-Saxon countries too). Most of these things are not things you eat on a regular basis. Even if you do our bodies actually require more magnesium than you might think. Some of the things we need magnesium for include:

A healthy heart
Healthy circulation
Reduction in inflammation in pain- for example a magnesium spray or supplement can sometimes help to reduce back and leg pain from walking long distances, working out, cramps due to the female menstral cycle and other common causes.
It also helps with focus and concentration as well as proper sleeping habits.
Builds strong bones

What can happen if you don’t get enough magnesium?

Well in addition to the things listed above, a magensium deficincy is also one of the causes of cravings. Did you know that if you are craving chocolate, it usually means that you are magnesium deficent? In fact dark chocolate also has high magnesium. No that doesn’t mean you can just eat chocolate all the time, however, it is one way to get more magnesium.

Check out this article on 7 reasons to get more magnesium.

Magnesium supplements are readily available and easy to use. I really like the spray magnesium from Amazon as it’s easy to use and you can spray it on your stomach, legs and arms for relief and relaxing and it absorbs into your skin and body much easier that way.

Life-flo Pure Magnesium Oil, 8 Ounce

How to Cook Cabbage

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Have you ever wondered how to cook cabbage and make it taste delicious? I’ve been surprised at how many people have told me ever since I began doing health coaching how many people claim to have never eaten cabbage. Yet cabbage is great green vegetable that is very good for you and can be cooked in a variety of ways. One of the more common uses that many people are familiar with is coleslaw. However, when preparing coleslaw the cabbage is raw. Personally I’m not a big fan of eating cabbage in this way, I prefer to eat my cabbage cooked. Here are some tips and recipe ideas on how to cook cabbage.

1. Slice the cabbage into thin pieces. I recommend using a slicer or chopper rather than a knife. This makes it easier for you to make the pieces small enough that you can cook them thoroughly without overcooking.

2. Then put the pieces in a pan with just enough water to cover them and cook until the cabbage is just barely tender.

3. You can also cook larger pieces of cabbage and use them like you would a piece of lettuce to create cabbage wraps instead of lettuce wraps. Pretty much anything that tastes good in a lettuce wrap will taste good in a cabbage wrap too.

Here are some of my favorite recipes and meals that use cabbage.

Saute cabbage with onions and chicken and some olive oil then eat with brown rice or quinoa

Add cabbage to your chicken soup. It can use used to create a thicker chicken soup without noodles.

Cook it in a crockpot with chicken, potatoes, carrots and onions for a nice Sunday evening or really anytime evening meal.

Serve with potatoes and salmon.

Cook with red onions, carrots, mushrooms and spinach in some olive oil for a nice vegetable stir fry. You can also serve over brown rice or quinoa.

Make some mashed potatoes and then fill larger pieces of cabbage with the potatoes and eat them like a cabbage wrap.

What other ways have you cooked and enjoyed your cabbage? Share with me in the comments below.

Simple Healthy Eating for Kids Made Easy

Does trying to do healthy eating for kids drive you nuts? It does a lot of people and it can be difficult, unless you know a few tricks. However, simple healthy eating for kids can be really easy once you know what to do. Watch this video presentation below and let me share with you all about simple healthy eating for kids made easy.

What did you learn from this video? What will you implement right now? Questions? Comments? Post them below or use my contact me page.