If you are eating the Standard American diet of toast or cereal each morning, a sandwich or fast food lunch and pasta, a sloppy Joe or pizza for supper then the odds are that you are deficient in Magnesium, the relaxation mineral. It is an absolute epidemic.
Do you get restless legs at night, muscle cramps, menstrual cramps or when you are tired that irritating muscle tick under you eye? (So annoying!)
Are you anxious or irritable. constipated, (think about that aisle of products available for relieving constipation!) unable to relax and get off to sleep at night?
Is you memory shot? Are your muscles weak?
Magnesium is involved with over 500 metabolic processes in the body and will be depleted from your body by stress as a result of a rushed lifestyle, alcohol (yep, that large glass of wine you drink at night because you are stressed!) caffeine (well, you needed a jump-start after the wine you drank last night) and excess sugar in the diet.
The good news is that magnesium is abundant in a plant based diet and one of the best sources of magnesium are dark leafy green vegetables.
I make a point of eating a leafy green rich salad or a dark leafy green vegetable everyday, simply because I feel the positive benefit to my health, and although we are moving through a beautiful fall and into more wintery weather here in Calgary, Alberta, I see no reason to stop this daily practice.
Boost your magnesium intake and get more greens into your daily diet even during the winter with these beautiful salad recipes…..
Powerhouse Salad with Turmeric Croutons Perfect for special occasions during the winter months, this beautiful salad shines with jewels of pomegranate seeds and packs a punch of dense nutrition with the addition of sprouted seeds and turmeric drenched croutons.
Cleansing Kale Avocado and Beet Salad Packed with the healthy fats found in avocado and flax oil and a hefty dose of magnesium from the kale, this delicious salad is one of my favourite ways to indulge in leafy greens.
Detoxifying Beet Salad Snap up a fresh bunch of beets, complete with green tops, when you see them and pair with new season winter citrus. Magnesium rich and perfect support for the liver with a hefty punch of vitamin C to boost immunity.
A Quick and Fresh Carrot Cucumber and Wakame Salad Don’t forget the leafy greens that grow in the sea! Seaweed is equally as rich in magnesium, and many other minerals, as the leaves that come from the land. This salad is quick and easy to make in the depths of winter when there is little in the way of leafy greens in the store.
Mexican Inspired Salad Perfect for dreaming of hot sunny beaches during the cold winter months, this salty and sharp, lemony salad introduces cabbage and leafy green cilantro to the plate coupled with another dose of vitamin C in the form of red cabbage and red pepper. Positively the cure for the common cold!
Expect to be sleeping better, pooping more regularly (it’s your daily detox!) and feeling more serene when you up your dietary magnesium and rustle up a daily salad throughout the winter months.
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