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YOU MAY HAVE MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY



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22/06/2020

Do you 

  • Often get muscle cramps
  • Do you sometimes get a twitchy eye?
  • Do you suffer with a lot of headaches
  • Do you crave chocolate?

If you answered yes – to just one of these questions you may be deficient in magnesium.

What are the symptoms of Magnesium deficiency?

Here’s several signs you may be lacking in magnesium:

1. Unexplained Tiredness

2. Twitching eyes, muscle spasms, restless feet and leg cramps (including at night)

3. Sugar or chocolate cravings (cacao beans are high in magnesium)

4. Constipation

5. Pre-Menstrual Tension (PMT) and spasmodic period pain

6. Recurring headaches or migraines

7. Depression or low mood

8. Feeling edgy, tense or anxious

9. Difficulty falling asleep

10. High blood pressure ( may be due in part to magnesium deficiency)

What does Magnesium do in your body?

Magnesium is needed for a multitude of body functions, from making cellular energy and transmitting nerve impulses to keeping your immune system healthy.

Here are the main benefits of taking magnesium:

  • Improves your energy levels. Magnesium, along with B vitamins and fires up your cells so they can produce energy.
  • Reduces stress and lifts your mood. Low magnesium levels are linked to low serotonin levels. This is the feel-good hormone which makes you relaxed and happy.
  • Relaxes your muscles and stops cramping by counteracting the contracting effects of calcium.
  • Prevents sugar cravings and diabetes by balancing your blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity. Magnesium is needed to get sugar into your cells quickly so your body can do what it needs to do.
  • Makes your bones strong and healthy. Magnesium activates calcium and Vitamin D, collectively working with these nutrients to grow and repair bones.
  • Alkalises your body and maintains PH levels so you don’t get too acidic.
  • Helps you sleep and feel less anxious by producing a neurotransmitter called GABA which helps you switch off by calming your mind and relaxing your body.
  • Helps youe to stay hydrated. Along with sodium, potassium and calcium, magnesium is an important electrolyte needed for water balance in the body.
  • Helps to prevent headaches.- People who suffer with headaches and  migraines tend to have low intracellular magnesium levels. When magnesium levels are low, arteries to the brain contract and chemicals are released into the blood, causing a sensitivity to pain.

What can reduce or even prevent Magnesium absorption?

  • Pour dietary choices ie Drinking coffee and alcohol
  • eating junk foods which  rob your body of essential nutrients, especially magnesium.
  • Vitamin D deficiency as vitamin D is a co-factor nutrient and is needed for the intestinal absorption of magnesium. If your vitamin D levels are low then your ability to absorb magnesium will be reduced.
  • Cooking vegetables can reduce the mineral content of foods especially when boiled, fried or heated at a high temperature.

What foods are HIGH in Magnesium?

Magnesium is found naturally in many foods. However, due mineral-depleted soils – and food processing, some foods are devoid of magnesium.

This is why it’s important that you eat foods in their natural state and buy organic where possible.

Here’s a list of magnesium-rich foods:

  • Leafy green vegetables (spinach, broccoli, kale, chard, green peas)
  • Bananas and raspberries
  • Avocado
  • Almonds, cashews
  • Chickpeas, lentils and beans (kidney beans, black beans)
  • Quinoa and wholegrains (buckwheat, millet, bran, brown rice)
  • Chia seeds, pumpkins seeds and sunflower seeds

Do I need a Magnesium Supplement?

We can help you determine if you may need a magnesium supplement.

There are several forms of magnesium available and some are more absorbable them others.

A citrate is usually very well absorbed. Avoid magnesium oxide as it is poorly absorbed (yet frequently used in many cheap supplements).

Before supplementing with any mineral, we suggest consulting with a qualified nutritionist or naturopath so they can advise you on the correct dose.

Doses can vary, dependent on the individual’s needs.


10 tips to Stay well this WINTER – and boost your Immune System Naturally



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22/06/2020

There are several key things you can do to stay well this winter

Starting with

  • gut health for your immune system
  • dietary food choices
  • lifestyle changes.

The Importance of Gut Health

Believe it or not, 70% of your Immune System resides in the gut as lymphoid tissue.

The large intestine hosts a community of around 100 trillion microbes. The main function of our microflora is to help us digest food (by fermenting carbohydrates), extracting the nutrients for our body to use.

These beneficial microorganisms help our Immune System work efficiently as they protect us against pathogens.

Any imbalance in your gastrointestinal system or with your gut microflora could lead to Immune System issues, including inflammation and autoimmune conditions.

You may also become more susceptible to viruses and bacteria.

Below is 10 TIPS you can easily implement in your daily life to improve your IMMUNE SYSTEM starting TODAY !!!!!

You don’t have to implement everything at once either

Eg you can focus on foods first, then hydration, then exercise

Just focus on one new action a week or day – go at YOUR PACE

REMEMBER – any POSITIVE CHANGE is a POSITIVE!!!!!!

10 tips to boost your Immune System naturally

  1. Reduce coffee consumption – as it’s very acidic and inflammatory. It also aggravates the gut and reduces nutrient absorption which may compromise your Immune System. Instead drink a delicious coffee alternative eg Dandelion root tea, green tea, hot cacao drink etc
  2. Reduce alcohol consumption as alcohol sia toxin to your body and can have a negative effect on your Immune System and make you prone to infection.
  3. Avoid soft drinks and junk food including chocolate, takeaways and convenience foods as they are high in sugar and processed fats, which can weaken your  Immune System and contributing to toxicity.
  4. Eat HEALTHY – ie eat more  vegetables and fruitgood quality proteins (legumes, beans,  eggs) and healthy fats (avocados, nuts, seeds).
  5. Reduce sugar intake including artificial sweeteners and refined carbohydrates such as bread, pasta and pastries. Sugar negatively affects the Immune System and prevents your  from working efficiently.
  6. Limit dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt) as dairy is very mucus-forming and can aggravate the gut and clog up the lymphatic system.
  7. Reduce your toxic load by using natural cleaning products, cosmetics and beauty products. The average home contains over 62 harmful environmental toxins which we absorb through the air we breathe and the products we put on our skin.
  8. Help support your bodies Natural ability to DETOX 
  • Support  your liver and kidneys by drinking lemon juice every morning in warm water or organic, unpasteurised (raw), apple cider vinegar.
  • Take liver and kidney cleansing herbs and nutrients.
  • Have an Epsom salt bath which helps draw out toxins from the body.
  • Practise dry skin brushing to eliminate toxins, improve circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system.
  • Use a sauna to gently sweat out harmful toxins through the skin.
  1. EXERCISE AND  MOVE EVERY DAY

Our bodies are designed for movement – movement promotes circulation and stimulates your Immune System.

  1. Stay hydrated by drinking filtered water and herbal teas.

Ensure your drinking a minimum of 2 litres of unfiltered water per day.

In SUMMARY – your Healthy Life starts with one decision at a time

Everytime you choose a food or beverage – ask yourself this simple question

Will this choice – help strengthen my body or weaken my body?

Based on the information provided above you normally can easily answer that question.

So you have the power to bring back a state of balance and wellbeing to your body

Every time you eat and drink.

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