You worry about your calories, your carbs, your fats... but when was the last time you worried about how much magnesium you're getting? If you're diabetic, you should.
Why You Need Magnesium
Magnesium is a mineral that helps with the regulation of blood sugar. Deficiencies in magnesium can result in poor blood sugar control.
Magnesium can also improve your heart health by helping you maintain your blood pressure.
With so many people eating processed foods instead of fresh fruits and vegetables, magnesium deficiencies are all too common these days. Other factors that can result in lowering your magnesium level include stress, inadequate sleep, certain medications and fluoride.
How to Increase Your Magnesium Intake
Aside from supplements, you can increase your magnesium intake by opting for dark, leafy green vegetables. Organic produce is even better because the soil is usually more nutrient rich than in traditionally grown crops.
Some other sources of magnesium include almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, nut butters, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, kidney beans, navy beans, lima beans, berries, tomatoes, melons, parsley, basil and fennel.
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