Natural Sleeping Remedies

If you can't sleep, your body
is begging you for this crucial mineral...

If you are looking for natural sleeping remedies, chances are good that your body is begging you for this crucial nutrient.

It is the amazing mineral, magnesium.

Why do I call it “amazing”? Because your body uses magnesium in over 1,000 different ways to keep you healthy. It is needed by every single cell!

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of magnesium. © Karen AlisonPumpkin seeds - a good source of magnesium

Magnesium is a vital nutrient for your...

  • digestion
  • nervous system
  • cholesterol levels
  • blood pressure
  • insulin sensitivity
  • bones, teeth
  • genes
  • your heart and other muscles (without enough of this mineral, they spasm and cramp). In fact, magnesium is super-important for your heart.

And, of course, it helps you relax into sleep.

You literally can’t live without it.

Dr. James LaValle, co-founder of the Living Longer Institute, believes magnesium is one of the best natural sleeping remedies. Here’s what he has to say about it in his book, Cracking The Metabolic Code:

“In my practice, I probably recommend magnesium more than any other supplement… Symptoms of low magnesium include anxiety, insomnia, nervousness, leg cramps and heaviness in the legs, fatigue, palpitations, and arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat.) I have recommended magnesium extensively for sleep disturbances, and have had so many patients report much improved sleep just by taking magnesium. And for restless leg syndrome, I find that the use of magnesium reduces the symptoms, over time, dramatically.” 

Dr. Mark Hyman calls it, “the most powerful relaxation mineral available.”




Are you getting enough?


Unfortunately, most of us do not get the magnesium we need every day.

The RDA for adults is between 300 and 420 mg of magnesium per day, but this is the MINIMUM requirement, which most of us are obviously not getting.

Dr. Carolyn Dean, “the Magnesium Queen”, suggests adults take up to 1,000 mg per day (unless you are in kidney failure.) Take it in divided doses, so some in the morning and some in the evening.

At least 80 percent of us suffer from magnesium malnutrition because we:

  • eat processed foods
  • eat foods that are grown in nutrient-poor soil
  • consume too much tea, coffee, cola, sugar, and alcohol
  • don’t eat enough vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit, and other whole foods
  • drink fluoridated water; use products and take drugs that contain fluoride
  • take calcium supplements without magnesium to balance them (should be a 1:1 ratio)
  • have too much stress or suffer from PTSD (extreme stress caused by traumatic experiences)
  • may be diabetic or taking diuretics

No wonder millions of us can’t sleep!




So where do I get it?


Where can you get this wonderful natural sleeping remedy?

Magnesium is in many whole foods, especially:

  • green leafy vegetables
  • fish, seafood, and seaweeds like kelp and dulse
  • meat
  • nuts and seeds
  • legumes
  • lemons and grapefruit
  • avocados and bananas
  • apricots, apples and peaches
  • garlic, cayenne, paprika, parsley, sage, coriander
  • many herbs for tea, such as chamomile, peppermint, fennel, nettle, raspberry leaf and red clover

Do consume these foods (unless you have an allergy or intolerance to any of them.) They are definitely part of a healthy eating plan that will help you sleep better.

But…


Is food enough?

Probably not. Even if you eat the healthiest foods, you are likely to need supplements because in today’s fast-paced, junk food world, we burn through magnesium at top speed. And when you have trouble with sleep, boosting this mineral is even more important.

There are several different types of magnesium supplements. Some are better than others when it comes to absorption and using them as natural sleeping remedies.

Laxatives are NOT a good source of magnesium, even though, if you take too much magnesium, it can give you loose stools.




DON’T BOTHER WITH these forms of magnesium

  • oxide - good as a laxative - your body retains very little of it
  • sulphate
  • carbonate
  • glutamate
  • aspartate

These forms can have one or two problems:

1) Either it is too difficult for your body to access the magnesium. It’s not bio-available – also called “poorly absorbed”.
2) Or it breaks down into a toxic substance.




BEST CHOICES for your magnesium natural sleeping remedy

Dr. Carolyn Dean recommends the pico-ionic form of this mineral. She says the molecules of this liquid magnesium are so tiny that it is 100 percent absorbed by your cells. Because it is so effective, you can probably use less of it than other forms.

Magnesium glycinate is the next best in terms of being well-absorbed.

Magnesium taurate and citrate are also fine.

You will absorb even more magnesium by taking a nice hot Epsom salts bath before bed. The warmth of the bath will help to produce melatonin in your brain – another great natural remedy for sleep!

After a bath, spray magnesium oil onto your warm skin where it will be quickly absorbed.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to bring magnesium – queen of natural sleeping remedies – into your life. Pleasant dreams!




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