It’s the Food With the Exercise

Years of studies and countless thoughts spouted off by the “experts” telling us this food is bad or that we consume too much of something or something else and even going to the warning us about or activity levels and furthermore about what exercises are good for you. I have been interested in why if all these people think that it’s their solutions that will solve my problems. I have also come to realize that if there was a product out there that was the magic thing everyone could use and that would work EVERYONE would know and be thin and healthy already simply because it did work. 

Like most young people I thought the worlds problems all had to be complicated. That I had original ideals that generations before me were just not thinking of yet. In truth as many of us know life does not have to be ask complicated as we want it to be. Thus, this posting to make but a simple point: Diet and exercise in combination would be the moderate approach one that most people can live with. When it comes to diet the idea should be (in at least my understanding of it):

1. Eat only when hungry and only drink when thirsty to the point of feeling no longer hungry

2. Eat 2/3 vegetables and proteins with the remainder fruits and dairy (limit sweets)

3. Workout 3-4 days a week with alternating cardio and weights days or within the same workout.

4. Rest when tired. 

The most important thing I have found is to listen to your body and follow the seasons because above all else we are still animals and they adjust to seasons and so should we. When you get hurt people naturally crave alkin foods, so eat those (stress and inflammation cause the body to become more acidic naturally). All changes in your health take time and of often this change can happen within weeks if we just stick to it.Take it from someone who is not going to make a dime off of saying it: life is much simpler than we give it credit for. Stop pulling your hair out about it and just trust yourself.  


So why is a massage therapist and bodyworker talking about magnesium in a blog post? How many of us could answer the question: Why do we need magnesium in our diets?” Well I have had to learn the hard way why we need this in our diets and as time has gone on I find myself having to learn more and share more with my clients about this topic. I wanted to share just a brief summery of why this mineral is in my option one that everyone should make sure they are getting enough of in their diets in one way or the other.


The cliff notes on is that magnesium is used in the human body to help regulate our body functions as well as make up tissue and body fluids. Just to give you a sample of some of the many functions we are talking about here: 

  1. Glucose and fat breakdown within the body which helps to regulate our blood sugar and body weight.
  2. Is one of building blocks of making DNA and RNA structures for cell reproduction (think clear new skin).
  3. Regulation of cholesterol production (“good” and “bad” cholesterol) on a daily basis. 
  4. Hormones get produced in correct quantities when we have all the parts that make them up, one of which is magnesium. 


Magnesium is knows as a macro-mineral, which means it is need to absorb a large amount of it to stay healthy. Other macro-minerals we need for good health are calcium, sodium, and potassium which many people consume to little of or way to much of depending on your overall diet.  We need about 25 grams per day they say for good health but depending on a number of factors we could need more. So how can we tell if we are short on magnesium without a blood test? Physical symptoms of low magnesium are: 

  1. Tics
  2. Muscles spasms with no outward signs of injury to a nerve
  3. cramps
  4. seizers
  5. unexplained anxiety
  6. Impaired memory

Along with some of these symptoms there are some well known and verified health conditions associated with low magnesium levels:

  1. Depression
  2. ADHD
  3. Migraine Headaches (which I see often)
  4. Type 2 Diabetes (even if it runs if families it can be an indication as diets among family members tends to be similar)


What if I want to know if I am low on magnesium? Well, you have a couple of options on this one but I suggest asking for a blood test for all of your vitamin and mineral levels. You can request the test be done at your doctors office (don’t expect your insurance carrier to cover that BTW). You can go to a nutritionists or even request an at home testing kit from a reputable lab which can also provide you with a print out of your levels (that does mean they will also tell you what they are supposed to be).


How do I get more in my diet? 


Sources of magnesium:

  1. dark leafy green veggies
  2. nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds
  3. Macjerak or tuna
  4. beans 
  5. avocados
  6. bananas
  7. dark chocolate
  8. Supplements (go for glycinate rather than other less refined products in increase absorption)

Hope this helps guys! Don’t forget to see verify if this is right for you by another trusted medical professional before taking action. Never trust just one source with you good health. 

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