In a previous post, I mentioned that one of the downfalls of not sleeping is feeling sluggish and fatigued throughout the day. Kiwi fruit has helped, but I need, want and crave even more energy! Well, I asked, and Dr. Oz answered – I need to up my magnesium. This mineral gets little love, but it’s responsible for over 300 bodily functions – including many that help fight fatigue and make you feel more energized.
Dr. Oz recommends getting your magnesium from food rather than supplements since you need a steady supply of it through the day rather than one big dose. Many foods are good sources of magnesium including the almonds and brazil nuts that I’ve been eating daily for a better night’s rest. Here are some other good sources:
-kidney and black beans – I love black beans but kidney beans look a little organy to me – guess that’s how they got their name : )
-whole wheat bread
-oatmeal – finally a use for that Scottish Oatmeal that I can’t make myself eat at night
-shredded wheat or as I like to call it – punishment cereal – you want to eat it, enjoy. I think it tastes like thread-like hay
I checked the Health Canada site – a woman in my age group – 31-50 – or as I like to call it, 29 again and again and again, needs 320mgs every day. Luckily, I like a lot of the magnesium rich foods. I’ll listen to Dr. Oz and only take a supplement if I think that I haven’t had enough. By the way, the side effect from having too much magnesium? One of Dr. Oz’s favourite things – POOP – diarrhea actually. In case you were wondering, this blog will not be discussing poop. The good Dr. has a ton of information on that subject.