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Make magnesium work for you

Pain, especially chronic pain, can be horribly debilitating. As someone with Stage IV endometriosis, I know firsthand. You'll do anything to find some semblance of normalcy, or just to be able to go about your daily requirements, including OTC meds, prescribed meds, herbal remedies, TENS machines, heat, and the like. Sometimes these solutions are impractical or carry side effects that can cause discomfort, or even long-term harm to your body.

Studies have shown that insufficient magnesium intake can worsen chronic pain, and that increased magnesium intake through dietary sources or supplementation has a protective effect from pain on the body. If you're someone who prefers natural remedies to prescribed medications on a day-to-day basis (and the natural remedies actually provide you with relief), here are some excellent sources of magnesium you can increase in your diet:

  • Leafy greens

  • Nuts, seeds, and nut/seed butters (hot tip: quinoa is a seed!)

  • Whole grains

  • Tofu

  • Legumes and beans

  • Fatty fish

  • Bananas

  • Milk and yogurt

Let me know if increasing these tasty foods seems to have an effect on your inflammation level, and subsequent pain. Reach out to me if you need recipes or tips on how to consume more of these, too!

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