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  • leafy greens, nuts, beans and bananas, and “avoid carbonated drinks, caffeine and alcohol, as they interfere with magnesium absorption,” advises Wong. However, as herbal naturopath Tipper Lewis explains, “It’s hard to get the required Rda from diet alone, as intensive farming has depleted the mineral content in soil.” So look for a high-content supplement, such as Solgar Magnesium Citrate (

    You can also try absorbing it through your skin. Take regular baths with Epsom Salts, which are rich in magnesium sulfate, to aid relaxation and improve skin conditions such as rosacea. 

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    It’s crucial for strong bones, essential for over 300 chemical reactions in the body and helps repair muscles post-exercise, yet magnesium is hugely overlooked as part of our health and wellbeing
    – a reported 80% of Americans are unknowingly deficient.

    “A common reason for this is stress; raised levels of cortisol and adrenalin deplete magnesium,” explains Dalton Wong, founder of TwentyTwo Training gym. Magnesium also plays a pivotal
    role in energy production, while conversely being important for downtime. “When levels are low, you may feel tense, achy or unable to fall asleep,” says nutritional therapist Alice Mackintosh.

    To combat dwindling levels, start with your diet. Up your intake of magnesium-rich foods like dark 

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    “When Magnesium

    levels are low, you may
    feel Tense, achy or
    unable to fall Asleep

    Lower stress and higher energy could be yours... By

    Amy Wilson Wyles


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