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Whole Living: The Importance of Magnesium For Beautiful Skin
Written by Shirley Makela of Alki Organix   

getting magnesium for good healthWhen I look at skin health I look not only at the best ways to care for skin, but also what foods and nutrients are most important.  What we eat has as much impact on skin health than what we put on it. 

 Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for our health, and for healthy skin. A diet rich in vital magnesium also helps skin stay supple and wrinkle free because the enzymes that assist with DNA replication require the antioxidants in magnesium to work effectively.  Magnesium deficiency can also be linked to skin allergies, and eczema.   Magnesium, in conjunction with potassium and calcium,  is essential for strong bones and muscles, it  is also critical for heart health, blood pressure, and even for preventing migraines.  And if you are finding you aren’t sleeping well getting enough magnesium could be a great help.  But sadly the bad news is that industrial farming is producing food that is less rich in this vital mineral (because magnesium levels in soils are depleted by the practice)  compounded by diets that may be heavy in processed foods many of us are not getting the magnesium our bodies need.  

 The good news is; getting the magnesium you need is not hard or expensive.  Nuts and seeds, especially Pumpkin seeds and Sesame seeds are excellent sources, as are Chia seeds. Nuts like Brazil Nuts, Almonds and Pistachios are also excellent sources.   Adding any dark green leafy vegetables to your diet is always a good idea, and greens like spinach, chard,

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