If you don't know me personally, you wouldn't know this...
I really value a healthy Earth, eating whole healthy foods, and supporting small businesses - including small farming production.
Healthy Earth = Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy Body
What's this have to do with Magnesium? I am getting to that, just be patient.
My shift in food values took place while I was reading Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Not only was i shocked by how we consume food without thinking about it or valuing where it comes from, but I was appalled at the amount of crude oil wasted in production of processed foods and the amount of chemicals and pesticides we put into the earth to produce "natural" food, called conventional in the stores.
After doing research myself, I decided that my body and its health and energy was getting as depleted as the Earth with everything unnatural added to it.
One of the most interesting things I learned was that planting the same crop over and over in the same spot - especially GMO crops like corn and soy - deplete the soil of magnesium.
Magnesium helps produce energy in the body, maintain blood sugar levels, and is essential for supporting and maintaining normal muscle and nervous system functioning as well as being particularly essential to healthy heart functioning.
All of these factors combine to assist in our natural response to stress from everyday experiences to big life events.
Low magnesium levels mean that our muscles - one of which is our heart - are not working as efficiently as they should. Our energy can be depleted more easily, and the complex group of chemicals that work in our body to keep it going aren't balanced.
We can always get magnesium from supplements, but eating clean organic veggies is more of the full circle way - bringing the minerals back into the land and then having them come into our food as it grows naturally. (without pesticides)
I like this. It means that I can help my nieces, and future generations, who will be around longer than me, live on a healthier earth and have healthier lives.
Here are some foods and veggies with the highest source of magnesium:
* artichoke hearts
* butternut squash
* cooked beet greens
A pretty good list, even if there are beets on it! (HA - I loathe beets)
I am all about balance in life. It has taken me at least 10 years to get to where I am at now, and I am still integrating and learning new things about food and energy, and how it effects our lives!
I hope this inspires you in in some way, even to only ponder on for this moment.
Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.