Calcium and magnesium are two minerals that are widely used in the body and are essential for your health and wellness. Today’s healthy habit will focus on magnesium.

A main complaint I hear in my office is about sleep, or how people suffer from a lack of sleep. Some of this challenge is of peoples own doing but some is likely due to a lack of magnesium. In general magnesium helps the body to relax. So if you have muscle cramps, twitching or restless legs you are probably lacking in magnesium. Here are some better known symptoms of a lack of magnesium, anxiety, constipation, stress, ADD, ADHD, headaches including migraines and heart palpitations as well don’t forget sleep issues. Some less known symptoms are sensitive to loud noises, PMS, irritable bowel, trouble swallowing and reflux. This list is not complete but it gives you an idea of how important magnesium is in the entire body.

There are many foods which are good sources of magnesium, as well you can take a magnesium supplement. Normally your body could benefit from 400 to 1000 mg a day but everyone is different so you might need to adjust your intake of magnesium. If you start taking magnesium and coincidentally start having loose stools then you probably can reduce your intake of magnesium. Here are some parts of the body that need magnesium, adrenals, brain, circulation and blood vessels, colon, heart, kidneys, liver, nerves, pancreas, spleen, stomach, thyroid and I am sure there are more. The aforementioned parts of the body were listed in my iridology nutrition chart by Bernard Jensen D.C. Ph.D…

There are many kinds of food that provide magnesium for our body and the following is just a sample of what you could eat instead of taking a magnesium supplement; almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, dates, figs, brown rice, barley, beans, greens such as kelp, garlic, dulse and avocados. Again this is just a few of the foods rich in magnesium.

So what are some of the foods that rob you of magnesium? I am sure it won’t be a surprise to hear that coffee, sugar, alcohol and pop will destroy magnesium in your body. As well some medications cause a loss of magnesium.

Maybe what is standing between you and a good night’s sleep is a dose of magnesium. It is worth a try.

Diane Elms Homeopath, D.H.M.H.S., CCI, CCII, Specializing in Drugless Cancer Care, 2006 Iridologist of the Year, if you have any health related questions contact or 905 768 0848.