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35 magnesium rich herbs and spices to add to your food for health and flavor

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It is a safe bet that most Americans are deficient in magnesium. Our soil used to be rich with this important mineral, but due to poor farming practices and mono-crop agriculture, our soil is sorely depleted of many important nutrients, among them magnesium. Coupled with the fact that magnesium is used up quickly in our bodies during periods of high-stress, it is vitally important that we replenish magnesium levels everyday with supplements, herbs, foods and spices.

Did you know that inadequate levels of magnesium can lead to or worsen such conditions as:

  • Asthma

  • Diabetes

  • Depression

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Heart failure, heart disease

  • Arrhythmia

  • Noise-related hearing loss

  • Migraine headaches

  • High blood pressure

  • Osteoporosis

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Preeclampsia

  • Restless leg syndrome

  • Muscle cramps, tremors and pain

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Memory problems

  • Impaired cognitive function

  • ADHD

Severe magnesium deficiency can also cause numbness, nausea and vomiting, and hallucinations, among other serious symptoms

While you might already know that foods like dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, fruit, legumes, and seafood all are great whole-food sources of magnesium, but did you know that you can also get this necessary mineral through herbs and spices?

Our favorite 35 magnesium rich herbs and spices

We’re huge fans of teas here at the clinic. Lucky for us there are a handful of herbal superstars which, when made into a strong tea, provide a high amount of magnesium. Use one ounce (by weight) of herb to 32 oz of water for an herbal infusion that will nourish you throughout the day. Here are our top favorites:

  • Alfalfa

  • Horsetail

  • Nettle

  • Red clover

You can also up your magnesium intake through flavorful cooking. Here’s a list of herbs and spices, used regularly for cooking, that also provide much needed magnesium:

  • Allspice

  • Anise

  • Balsamic vinegar

  • Basil

  • Capers

  • Caraway

  • Celery seed

  • Chervil

  • Cloves

  • Cumin

  • Curry

  • Dill

  • Fennel seed

  • Fenugreek

  • Ginger

  • Mustard seed

  • Marjoram

  • Nutmeg

  • Oregano

  • Paprika

  • Parsley

  • Peppermint

  • Poppy

  • Rosemary

  • Saffron

  • Spearmint

  • Savory

  • Sage

  • Tarragon

  • Thyme

  • Turmeric

See? There’s so many different ways to both sneak more magnesium into your diet and boost the flavor of your food! I hope this list has inspired you to try a few new ways to get more of this essential mineral into your daily diet.

*The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

Two Cooling Drink Recipes for the Summer Time

What do you reach for on a hot summer day to quench your thirst?  Ice water, iced tea, iced or frozen something?  If you said yes, you are in good company.  We’ve been brought up to believe that iced beverages are the best thing to cool our bodies in the summer heat.

But let’s look at what actually happens to our bodies when we ingest cold/frozen liquids or foods:

Don't Throw Ice On Your Digestive Fire!

Warmer weather is here! Rising temperatures turn our minds toward cold water, iced tea, chilled cold brew coffee, ice cream, salads and raw foods to cool down in the heat. I’m here to share some (possibly bummer) news with you: all that cold food and drink can really do a number on your digestion. If you’ve ever had a stomach ache after drinking cold water, or had an urgent trips to the bathroom after a huge raw salad, you know what I mean. But no fear! We can be cool AND support our digestive system at the same time. 

Tips to Know Before Doing A Liver Detox

Want to know what's all the rage again now that spring has sprung? Liver and gallbladder detoxes!

This might be an unpopular opinion - but hey! I'm full of unpopular opinions. So here's my bomb drop:

I hate detoxes.

I hate the trendy idea that our bodies are toxic and need to be starved clean. (Our bodies have some pretty amazing systems in place to make sure we don't become toxic. How many people do you know that have had toxic shock syndrome, toxic megacolon, or sepsis?)

I hate how so many cleanses and detoxes limit food and are purely focused on juicing. (Can you say blood sugar roller-coaster much?!)

I hate the misconception that our liver is just a dirty filter that needs to be rinsed out. (FYI it's not. The liver doesn't store toxins, it transforms unsafe molecules into safe molecules that can be more easily removed from the body.)

While I'm not the biggest fan of juices cleanses or fasting detoxes, I do understand why focusing on liver health is always so popular during spring: In Chinese medicine, every season is associated with one of the five elements. And every element has a color, sound, taste, emotion, and yes, organ system that is affiliated with it too. Spring's organs? No surprise, the liver and gallbladder.