Hi Friends! I mentioned the other day that I want to shift the content here a bit, and one of the ways in which I want to do so is sharing some of the tricks and tips I’ve learned for living a healthier life, beyond recipes. I’ve seen so many incredible eastern and western doctors over the past few years, have researched relentlessly and learned a TON about health, nutrition and wellness. I want to share what I’ve learned in the hopes that you pick up a few things that change your life the way they have mine. And I’m starting with MAGNESIUM (and this spritzer recipe to make getting enough a treat!)
I used to think that a balanced, thoughtful whole food diet would provide my body with everything it needs. I eschewed supplements and vitamins. Unfortunately, I’ve found that even with my cleanest, healthiest eating there are still areas where I fall short. And one of those areas is Magnesium.
Magnesium is a critical mineral, it regulates calcium levels in the body, contributes to producing energy, maintains nervous system balance, and helps control blood sugar. I find when I’m deficient I have difficulty sleeping, heart palpitations, fatigue and anxiety. Statistics show that 75-80% of Americans are not getting enough of this oh-so-important mineral. You can read more in depth about magnesium and how if effects your health, the diseases and maladies associated with deficiency here and here.
Ok, so now that we’ve established why it’s so critical I want to talk about how I make sure I’m getting enough! I take a nightly supplement called NATURAL CALM. Multiple naturopaths recommended it before I finally took the plunge (I can be real stubborn like that sometimes). But since I started taking it I haven’t looked back! And recently I decided that I wanted to find a way to make it a nightly treat, since it’s a powder that you mix with water. And so, the raspberry mint CALM spritzer was born.
To make, muddle a handful of raspberries (about 10) with a couple of torn mint leaves in a tumbler. Add 1/4 teaspoon of Calm (increase this amount slowly over time as your body adjusts, according to instructions on the bottle), and fill glass with Le Croix in either cran-raspberry or berry flavor. Side note: have you tried Le Croix?! I’m OBSESSED! No sugar or weird additives, and perfectly bubbly lightly flavored sparkling water! This is my favorite flavor. Cannot get enough. Enjoy! xx- Sarah
PS- I know I’m shouting out a lot of brands in this post, but just to be clear, it’s only because I love them. I’ve not been compensated in any way for this post.