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Magnesium’s Magnificent Healing Properties

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Magnesium’s Magnificent Healing Properties

Magnesium is a powerful mineral occurring naturally in our body and that many people are severely lacking. This can have a pretty negative effect since it aids in the function of over 300 different enzymes and biochemical reactions in the body. The best way you can tell if you are deficient is to eat foods that are rich in magnesium or try supplementing and see how you feel. You will likely notice a difference right away. Magnesium rich foods are things like assorted nuts, legumes and green leafy vegetables. Another great way to get your magnesium is a secret that our grandparents knew, to soak in a warm bath with Epsom salts.This allows you to directly absorb it through your skin.

What are just some of the great benefits of magnesium?

It supports bone strength. Half of our magnesium is stored in our bones, so supporting those levels is hugely important for us to maintain healthy bones. Magnesium also helps the transportation of calcium, another mineral in our body that prevents the loss of bone density, especially as we age.

Prevention of type-2 diabetes. Magnesium helps with carbohydrate metabolism and directly influences insulin activity, which controls our blood glucose levels. Studies have shown that for every 100 mg of magnesium we intake, there is a 15% decrease in the direct risk of getting type-2 diabetes.

Digestive support. Magnesium plays a big role in the digestive process because it is a coenzyme in the intestines that assists in the natural production of hydrochloric acid in the gut necessary to break down the food we eat. It’s also great to naturally relieve constipation.

Supports heart health. Magnesium aids in maintaining a normal heart rhythm, strengthening our muscles, especially the heart which is one of our biggest muscles, and aids in rebuilding our blood vessels. It plays a key role in the prevention of an irregular heartbeat, cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.

Helps with migraines, insomnia and even depression. It has even worked to cure severe psychiatric issues such as panic attacks, anxiety, and even a difficult agitative state. Magnesium not only significantly reduces the severity of all of these conditions, but also lowers their recurrence rate.

Great stress reliever. When we are hit with stress, magnesium can play a key role in relieving it immediately by relaxing the body as part of a natural hormonal response and naturally lowers blood pressure.

Premenstrual symptoms reliever. As a natural muscle relaxer, magnesium also aids in the relief of premenstrual cramps, and acts as a diuretic eliminating fluid retention that causes bloating and breast tenderness.

It’s hard to believe how much this natural mineral can do for us each day. Try adding it to your diet and see how you feel!

When Carving Your Jack-O-Lanterns, Don’t Toss Out Your Pumpkin Seeds!!

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Carving pumpkins is a fun tradition in our house, but watching my kids save every single pumpkin seed for me is priceless!

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If you’re like me, pumpkin seeds are one of your FAVORITE fall foods. Actually I buy them YEAR ROUND….raw and roast them as a delicious snack. They have been my all time favorite for over ten years now!

But did you realize just how healthy they are? I never knew until I started researching about them years ago. Just one little ounce of contains over 9 grams of protein! That’s more than two grams of protein than the same amount of ground beef. But wait, there’s even more…..

Pumpkin Seed Nutrients and What They Do For You Specifically:

Tryptophan (amino acid, protein building block): Helps fight depression by converting into serotonin and niacin, which then converts to melatonin. All of these create amazing sleep.

Glutamate (needed to create GABA): Anti-stress neurochemical. It helps to relieve anxiety and has a natural calming effect.

Zinc: Boosts immune function while fighting osteoporosis and boosting prostate health, a healthy sense of smell and taste, your mood and good sleep, male sexual function and insulin regulation.

Phytosterols: Reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and up HDL (the good kind), cancer fighting.

Plant based omega-3 fats ALA: A much needed nutrient in our diet!

Healthy Fats and fiber: Beneficial for heart and liver health.

Magnesium: Creates ATP (energy), the pumping of the heart, the synthesis of DNA and RNA, relaxation of your blood vessels, healthy tooth and bone formation, as well as bowel function.

Not only all of that, but pumpkin seeds and their oils have also been shown to have antimicrobial and especially antiviral properties. They help fight diabetes and even certain cancers. They are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals as well.

These yummy pumpkin seeds are also full of manganese, phosphorous, copper, vitamin K, vitamin E, B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), folates, potassium, calcium, iron, and selenium just for starters.

My recipe if they have just out of the pumpkin….is to rinse them well in a colander and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Spread them out evenly on a cookie sheet (line it with parchment paper which makes it the easiest – avoid TEFLON!!). Salt lightly with sea salt (or maybe other seasonings you enjoy). Roast for about 30 minutes to an hour careful not to let them burn, checking them regularly, flipping them over, turning them down to 300 degrees if you want to cook them slower. They should get to a light golden brown color and start making a “popping” noise.

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They are amazing to snack on while watching a movie. Enjoy! You will love every single one!