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MANY OF US ARE DEFICIENT IN THIS MINERAL  

Magnesium

 

 

It’s that time of year again, when many people put their health at the top of their to do list. Diet and nutrition is very important to a jiu jitsero; long hours of training can take a toll on your body so it’s important that you fuel it with whole, nutrient dense foods that will help you in recovery and beyond.

 

There are some key vitamins and minerals that can be lost through training, this month we will look at Magnesium. The benefits of magnesium are plentiful, having proper levels will help to combat anxiety, relax muscles and aid in their recovery, promote good sleep, strengthen the heart and cardiovascular system, and alkalize the body.

 

The following are common foods that are high in magnesium:

 

Spinach

Chard

Black beans

Mung beans

Pumpkin seeds

Yogurt or Kefir

Almonds

Avacado

Figs

Dark Chocolate

Bananas

Brussel sprouts

Broccoli

 

Incorporating these foods into your daily routine is easy; try putting spinach and kefir into your morning smoothie, sprinkle pumpkin seeds on your morning cereal, or spread a tablespoon of almond butter on an apple for your afternoon snack. Now, we all know that the best way for our bodies to get the vitamins and minerals it needs is through good nutrition. But realistically who has the time to ensure that we get it each and every day? Even those who eat a squeaky clean diet can be deficient; in fact the CDC says that 1 in 10 people are deficient in at least one vitamin. If you find yourself having trouble incorporating the above foods into your diet, consult your naturopath or doctor about supplementation.