Monday, 14 November 2016

Boosting your Magnesium | Beating the Winter Blues - Winter Series

Beat the Winter Blues

Today I bring you tips on how to boost your magnesium. But first.... Why do we get winter blues?  It's linked with the falling levels of the mood boosting hormone serotonin that occurs at this time of year. This is because enzymes that absorb serotonin become more active as days get shorter.


So whats so special about Magnesium and why do we need it around this time? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) has been linked to low melatonin levels so if your not sleeping properly you are likely to produce less melatonin. Magnesium helps promote deeper sleep, so raise your levels through foods such as nuts and seeds... My favourite are Pumpkin Seeds, I like to add them to my smoothies or a handful sprinkled over some homemade soup, you can also get magnesium through the consumption of  green leafy vegetables or using magnesium oil on your skin. Almonds are great source too, I usually make a yummy homemade nut milk or snack on them.



Almonds Help Give Winter Blues the Cold Shoulder

 

Specialist dietitian Lucy Jones recommends natural, wholesome foods to boost your intake.

Lucy has worked with the Almond Board of California to create a magnesium cheat-sheet, providing an at a glance guide to the benefits of magnesium and the foods we need to include in our diets to ensure we are getting enough of this essential nutrient.




For more almond facts and snacking inspiration, visit Almonds.co.uk


The next instalment on the Winter Series ...Vitamin D can be read here.





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