Yes, magnesium. The nutrient is key to healing anxiety on a physical level in the body, as it is required for maintaining normal nerve and muscle function, bone strength, heart health and overall immune health. (It also helps with sleep issues, constipation and muscle cramps—among other ailments—but let’s stick to anxiety for the purposes of this article.) Our modern diet is deficient in magnesium, thanks in no small part to the depleted soils in which our food and water originates. Take that fun fact and combine it with the stressed-out, high-tech world in which we all live, and you’ve got a good, old-fashion recipe for anxiety.
So, how to incorporate magnesium in a way that goes about healing anxiety? Here, three easy ways.
1. BATHE IN IT. Yep. One of the best ways to get a high dose of magnesium (great for when you’re feeling acute anxiety) is to take a warm epsom salt bath. Fill a tub with 2 cups of epsom salts and your favorite essential oil (I love lavender). Turn on some relaxing music and let that magnesium calm you down for a good night’s rest. I love doing this for my kids, too.
2. EAT IT. Or drink it. The best food sources of magnesium are dark leafy greens, nuts, whole grains, bananas, beans, and dark chocolate. Try to incorporate some of these foods into your daily diet when healing anxiety, and/ or make this here smoothie, which happens to be my family’s favorite smoothie. (It takes like a milk shake.)
SUPERFOOD CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE
Serves 2, easily doubled
- 4 frozen bananas
- 2 handfuls fresh greens
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao (Healthworks is our favorite brand)
- 1 teaspoon barley grass powder (optional, great for nourishing the nervous system)
- 2 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional, good source of protein and omega fats)
- 1 cup milk (almond, rice, cow, goat)
- 1-2 cups water, depending on how thick you want your smoothie
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (I don’t use this, but you may want a little sweetness)
- 1 scoop of Vega chocolate plant-based protein (optional, good source of protein)
- Blend. Enjoy. Relax.
3. DRINK IT. When I take epsom salt baths and my diet is full of greens, bananas, beans, etc., I don’t often feel the need to supplement with magnesium. But, when I do, I always use Natural Calm, a powdered magnesium supplement you add to a glass of water. It’s the one I take myself, give my children, and recommend to my clients.
Interesting, right? Worth reading about some of the incredible studies that have been done on healing anxiety and magnesium; I particularly enjoyed in this article in Psychology Today: Magnesium and the Brain: The Original Chill Pill.)
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