What you’re eating and not eating, may be affecting more than just your weight.
Have you ever had an evening where it’s felt impossible for you to go to sleep because your brain simply doesn’t shut off or slow down? Yeah, so have I. It is never pleasing. I decided to do more research and see how my food was affecting my body, my moods, my mind, and does it mess with my sleep?
I know the basic essentials to setting yourself up for sleep success: no caffeine (I have completely let go of all forms of caffeine anyway), no sugar (we are 95% sugar free), no heavy physical activity before going to bed, etc.
Ok, got it. But it was still happening.
For approximatley two weeks I (unintentionally) dropped my carb and fat intake a little too much and I felt in mostly in the evenings when trying to go to bed. I couldn’t focus. My brain felt depleted, deprived, and achy. I drank water to try and compensate but it didn’t work. I simply didn’t realize how much of what I wasn’t eating, was affecting my sleep and life too. It got bad. Really bad. This had been going on for months and I couldn’t take it anymore. That’s when I found out about this beautiful little element by the name of magnesium. Listen up now, this can change your life moving forward. Seriously.
We need it and we’re most likely (not) getting enough of it. If you’re not getting enough, it could totally interfere with your sleep, and so much more. Some of the top reasons for the deficiency is a
- low magnesium diet
- calcium supplements
- prescription and OTC drugs
- digestive/genetic disorders
and more. Make sure you see your doctor for more information.
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency
If you experience some or all of the following, you might want to go see your doctor and test your blood levels.
- restless legs
- muscle spasms
- face twitch
- eye twitch
- irregular/rapid heartbeat
- chronic disease (like fibromyalgia, crohn’s, UC, etc)
- memory issues
- seizures, etc
There is much more to this so please do more research and as I mentioned before, it’s important you get your doctor involved from the beginning to help you through the process of finding out how to improve your diet.
What you can do about it
As I mentioned before, you want to see your doctor first. Unless you’ve been told not to eat these foods because they interact with medicine or whatever the case, I’d say starting the consumption of these foods can possibly make a difference immediately. Like yeah, that fast. I’ve heard of people feeling a difference within 3 hrs but of course, everyones experience will be different. I personally felt it over night. I felt refreshed when I woke up and I noticed it was really hard to fight my sleep the night before (which is cool because it was super easy to fight my sleep previous to this). I pretty much just, knocked out.
Foods high in magnesium are as follows:
- avocados (58 mg, 1 medium)
- dark chocolate (64 mg, 1oz)
- spinach (up to 157 mg, 1 cup cooked)
- cashews (82 mg, 1oz)
- seeds (ex: pumpkin seeds 150 mg, 1oz)
- bananas (up to 37 mg, or more)
Here is an awesome infographic that shows more foods high in magnesium.
My family and I have incorporated all of these beautiful foods into all of our diet and we’ve noticed better moods and better sleep. Especially the boys and I. This is not a fix-all by no means but who would of thought these foods missing from your daily diet could cause such ruckus in ones life. I highly doubt that adding a banana and/or an avocado to ones diet won’t be that hard especially those living in fruit thriving countries. Hey, what do you have to lose?
Need health inspiration? Feel stuck? Check out this video first.
Want to find out more about how food reacts with our bodies? Check out this video I found on YouTube. How the food you eat affect your brain