No, You’re Not Craving Chocolate, You Need Magnesium, Here’s What You Need To Do
If you have a sweet tooth and enjoy the bitterness of dark chocolate in combination with a glass of wine you probably don’t thin a lot about that. But what about the moments when you really need chocolate? Cravings are commonly linked with women and PMS. But let’s look at the situation objectively.
Those moments when you are feeling that you absolutely need some chocolate can actually be a message that your body wants to send. For example, this may be a sign of magnesium deficiency! A large number of people are having magnesium deficiency…
Who is having magnesium deficiency? Probably You
A 2006 study found that almost half of the U.S population don’t have the recommended amount of magnesium. But we all know that recommendations are not a universally right for everyone’s needs and are not strict rules of what we really need in order to be healthy.
The “recommended” amount of calories has also been criticized, so why would we trust the recommendations about minerals and vitamins?
In other words, the statistics that half of the population has magnesium deficiency is probably very wrong.
Why aren’t we getting enough magnesium?
There are few reasons for this. You may be consuming too much processed foods without nutrients. Even if you are consuming whole foods, the pesticides have destroy the levels of magnesium in the soil (you should always choose local and organic).
You may be stressed, and stress sabotages the magnesium levels. You may be consuming excessive amounts of sugar, for which your body uses more magnesium in order to process it. And also drugs such as antibiotics, birth control can cause magnesium deficiency.
Foods that Contain Magnesium
As you may have guessed —chocolate!
Actually, chocolate is one of the best magnesium sources with an amazing 41 milligrams per 1 ounce of dark chocolate.
Other magnesium sources:
• Leafy greens. Include them in your daily diet. Consume Swiss chard, spinach, collard greens or kale.
• Seeds. Pumpkin seeds have the highest amount of magnesium, as well as flaxseeds and sunflower!
• Nuts. Pecans, cashews, Brazil nuts and almonds are excellent sources of magnesium.
• Beans. Yes, black, pinto, kidney—consume more of those!
• Fish. Great magnesium and omega-3 sources.
• Fruit. Strawberries, bananas, grapefruit, avocado and figs are all rich in magnesium.
What Else To Do?
There are various other things that can help you boost the levels of magnesium and improve your wellbeing. If you’re having any health issues, they can be a sign of reduced levels of magnesium.
Some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are muscle spasms and cramps, depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, headaches and many more! Magnesium deficiency can also cause osteoporosis and increased blood pressure.
To increase the levels of magnesium, don’t consume a lot of sugar. You will be surprised from the number of products that contain sugar —from bread, salad dressings and beauty products, sugar is destroying our health in so many ways!
If you reduce the consumption of sugar, your body will replete the levels of magnesium and you will also have clear skin, lose weight, have more energy and various other health benefits.
Also, you can take magnesium supplements. But chose high quality supplements. Be sure to buy supplements from healthy food stores and avoid buying from supermarkets. But even though supplements can be useful, your organism will be able to better absorb the nutrients from natural sources. So consume more veggies and fruits!
In the end, add cacao powder in the recipes. Make an avocado pudding with cocoa and honey – they are amazing sources of magnesium! Serve it with coconut cream and cinnamon. If you have symptoms of magnesium deficiency, take supplements or add raw cacao in the diet.