Let’s talk about Magnesium. You might have briefly heard about its benefits for our health, but how do we get it into our bodies? And is it really what we need more of to improve our sleep?
We’re here to break it down and help you understand a little more about this nutrient and how you can add it into your diet, with help from sleep expert, Dr. Barone.
What Is Magnesium?
To put it simply, Magnesium is a nutrient that our bodies need to help us produce enough energy. Not only that, but it contributes to the development of bones and a normal heart rhythm- important for keeping everything running healthily!
Benefits of Magnesium for Sleep
Dr. Barone highly recommends ruling out any other health issues that could possibly be contributing to your poor sleep, before turning to Magnesium supplements. She also explains that there isn’t enough research to prove entirely that Magnesium will help to aid sleep, but it will contribute to a healthy lifestyle for energy and development.
‘Still, taking a magnesium supplement each night before bed won’t necessarily hurt you—as long as you’ve consulted a sleep specialist about it, so you don’t unnecessarily self-medicate with magnesium supplements.’ Explains Dr. Barone.
Who benefits the most from taking Magnesium?
The age groups that tend to get the most benefit from taking Magnesium to aid sleep are those who are older. But, the NIH (National Institute of Health) also recommends that all women aged 19 to 30 should get 310 milligrams of magnesium each day, were those ages 31+ are recommended to take 320 milligrams.
Never go Overboard
Like with other vitamins or minerals, you can overdose on something that is ‘good for you’. Too much can be bad for our health, so always consulting a doctor before increasing your dose.
“Magnesium in high concentrations could raise the magnesium level in blood, [and] that can affect the heart.’ say’s Dr. Barone.
So how else can I safely get enough Magnesium without taking Supplements?
Leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, and seeds are a great source of Magnesium according to the NIH. Incorporating these foods into your diet is a great way to maintain the energy levels that your body needs to see you through each day.
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