Magnesium (Mg) (Keep It Movin’)
I really like this element partly because it’s fun to say, but primarily because it keeps the poops coming out rather than storing them and creating a state of constipation. OK, yes I said it, get out your laughs… now back to seriousness. On the other hand that word constipation, makes me cringe, literally. How many of you have ever labored over the toilet trying to squeeze one out? It’s not fun is it? In fact, it creates significant amounts of stress both physically and mentally and really throws you out of whack. So let’s get back to the fun part of this by first just saying the word. Magnesium. This element, known as Nature’s laxative, helps us to relax our nerves and digestive system so that we can think clearly and perform at our best. It makes sense that it’s Nature’s laxative too because it’s at the center of every chlorophyll molecule in every plant around the world. Plants take in the sun’s light and energy and produce a beautiful set of flower petals and green leaves due to the process of photosynthesis, which creates the green pigment you see. When humans consume green leaves or foliage, like in a salad, we are hence obtaining some magnesium and we all know that leaves, sometimes called “roughage”, contain lots of fiber therefore allowing for an easy bowel movement. Green leaves help with peristalsis, the contracting of the intestines to keep food particles moving through the system in a timely fashion. Without going too much on a tangent though, let’s return to the discussion of magnesium, yet another Earth metal. This element is involved with hundreds of chemical reactions within the human body. One of which is in the promotion of new cells. Without it or with a deficiency of magnesium, new cells at some point in your lifespan will more than likely turn out slightly mutated, which can cause cancerous cells to develop. Eating dark green leaves in salads or meals also yields the vitamin B9, Folate. A few lines up I mentioned leaves being considered foliage. You can now probably draw the connection and realize there is no coincidence of why vitamin B9 is called Folate. Aside from green leaves being a good source, magnesium is also found in most tree nuts and seeds such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pistachios, sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds just to name a few. You can find magnesium in plenty of other sources too, but the ones just mentioned are generally pretty high in magnesium as well as many other much needed nutrients. After all, if there is one thing you get from this, please get lots of magnesium in your system so you can relax, sleep better, and live a happier life.