The power of minerals: magnificent magnesium

Do you know anything about the effect magnesium has on your body?


No, I didn’t think so. The mineral magnesium doesn’t get all that much attention.


But it really should. It’s small, but it sure is mighty. It’s vital for the proper functioning of our bodies, and if don’t get enough of it then we can really feel the negative effects in a whole host of different ways.


But what actually is magnesium? What are the benefits of it? What do we need it for? Where can you find it? Why is deficiency in it a problem, and how do you know if you’re not getting enough of it?


Read on to find out everything you never knew you needed to know about magnificent magnesium.

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Winter Nights are here…


How many of us have managed to do some regular physical activity and been reasonably sensible about our diet during the Summer when it’s light till late?

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On ALIVE eating plans, you may have noticed foods such as avocados, seeds and nuts, fish, full fat Greek yoghurt – which in other diet clubs you may have been told to eliminate.

Fat is broken down very slowly and released into the blood stream, so it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Plus at least 30% of your calories per day should be from fat – good fats, and most specifically Omega 3.

People following low fat diets have experienced all sorts of fat cravings indicating the body is lacking something – fat! Don’t go for skimmed milk either; it is too processed and full of hormones. Don’t use low fat spread as it contains so many chemicals that mess with metabolism – and anyway anything low fat will have sugar added for taste.

Sugar = insulin = fixing fat in the cells.

Change your view of fat – it is good for you in its natural state. Transfats and homogenised fats in baked goods and processed foods are the ones you need to be avoiding. With urgency!


We now need to look at busting the myth of fat. A study done recently shows the impact that fat has on insulin levels. In one group subjects had to fast for 84 hours (other than just a saline drip). During this time insulin levels dropped and fat breakdown increased evidenced by the amount of…

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  Carbs stimulate insulin production in order to keep blood sugars under control. Insulin blocks the production of lipase, needed to burn fat. Fats do not cause insulin to be released at all, this means that lipase can be produced, and fat burning can take place. Protein does cause the release of insulin, but also…

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The hormone insulin makes us and keeps us fat. When you eat carbohydrate it is broken down in the stomach, and converted to sugars. The more refined (white) the carbs, the more simple the sugar, the quicker it gets into the blood stream. So the pancreas secretes insulin to sweep sugars and other nutrients out…

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Certain fats are extremely good for you. We are so obsessed with low fat everything in this country that we are creating a massive imbalance in the system. Essential fats have huge benefits and eating them in a balanced fashion can promote optimal health and support hormones. Research suggests

eating essential fats can help in the prevention of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

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Tips for Eating ‘Beige FREE’ on a Budget

Although I like a splurge once in a while I hate to see waste and am as thrifty as I can be with food.

My first thoughts on tips:
• I buy some bags frozen veg as its cost effective, makes a quick meal and doesn’t go off. I like spinach, peas and beans. Some veg don’t work frozen for me.
• if veg is starting to go off in the fridge I put it in smoothies, veggie egg frittatas or make a ‘fridge soup’ by chucking them all in with some stock
• I freeze herbs, ginger and chilli’s and use straight from frozen so that I can add bags of flavour and nutrients to dishes without worrying about them going off

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How many calories does stress have? We agree this is a ridiculous question, but ask almost anyone if stress can make a person fat and you will receive a resounding yes But if we agree stress has no calories, and we also believe fat gain is all about calories, then how does stress stimulate fat gain?

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Which Foods Stem Hunger Pangs?

Firstly, we all eat more food than we need for different reasons.  For example one lady could eat for boredom, another through emotion, another through habit.  In this blog we are going to focus on pure hunger.

Lets start with diagnosing HUNGER.  Hunger is or can be a physical feeling in the tummy, often accompanies with a growling sound!  Ask yourself when you last actually felt real hunger like I described.  Many people will find it hard to answer that question, yet many of my ladies are afraid that they will ‘starve’ or fell hungry if they don’t load up their plate with piles of food, huge portions, and continue to top themselves up in between…. just in case!  It really does seem ridiculous to feel like this when food is in abundance in this country, there is always a shop open where food is reasonably priced and always available.  So, if you feel like this, then I would say you are NOT hungry, you are eating emotionally.

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