We all try our best to eat a healthy and balanced diet. But were you aware that you could still be missing certain minerals that your body needs?
Magnesium is a vital component to the inner workings of more than 300 of your body’s enzymes. It is a part of the enzymes that work to regulate muscle and nerve function, energy production, and blood sugar balance. However, many people in the U.S. aren’t getting enough of the key mineral. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)1, “Dietary surveys of people in the United States consistently show that intakes of magnesium are lower than recommended amounts.”
Given that magnesium is used to maintain optimal cardiovascular health2, strong bones, and nervous system function, below are four ways to make sure you’re getting enough magnesium from your diet:
1. Go nuts
While magnesium deficiency might be a problem, it’s a pretty fixable problem since high levels can be found in almonds, cashews, and peanuts. If eating nuts aren’t your thing, you can always consume it in a spreadable or powder form. My personal favorite is adding peanut powder to my morning protein shake!
2. Eat more beans
Besides having protein and fiber, beans also contain magnesium. The best sources are black beans and edamame, but kidney beans can also be considered a decent source of magnesium.
3. Take a bath
Magnesium doesn’t even have to always come from your diet since small amounts of the mineral can be absorbed in a transdermal method. Many athletes take a warm Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) bath to ease tight and sore muscles.
4. Supplement for dietary gaps
Even with a balanced diet, there can still be gaps. Taking a magnesium supplement daily will ensure that you get enough of the mineral.
When choosing a magnesium supplement, keep an eye out for blends that are easily absorbed and gentler on your stomach – such as magnesium glycinate3.