Magnesium is an electrolyte that knows how to multitask in the body. Dr. Howe uses magnesium to help control migraine headaches by blocking pain transmitting chemicals in the brain and stabilizing the firing of brain neurons. Magnesium is also helpful for muscle spasm and muscle cramps because it helps to stabilize the muscle membrane. Magnesium can be taken as a supplement, but you do have to monitor for stomach upset. It can also be obtained from dietary sources like avocado, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, kale, spinach and almonds.
Check out some smoothie recipes from Dr. Howe's assistant, Maria, as a yummy way to get a dietary dose of magnesium!
Avocado Banana Smoothie
Blend together 1/2 an avocado, 1/2 a banana, unsweetened coconut or almond milk, and ice.
Add raw natural honey on top for sweetness.
Chocolate Avocado Protein Smoothie
Blend together 1/4 avocado, 1/2 a banana, 1 tablespoon unsweetened chocolate powder, 1 scoop vanilla ( low in sugar) protein mix, and ice.
For both recipes you can actually have it 3 different ways!
- Ice Cream- Add additional ice and 1/4 cup of low fat greek yogurt for a thicker consistency
- Pudding- Just add 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds and chill for a few hours