Do you get chocolate cravings at certain times of the month?
Research has shown that this is your body telling you it needs the mineral, magnesium.
Cocoa powder is rich in magnesium.
Magnesium deficiency is extremely common in women during the premenstrual period and use of hormonal birth control also depletes Mg.
Mg deficiency can cause:
- mental confusion
- muscle cramps
If you’re eating a nutrient-dense diet with plenty of variety, you should be getting enough magnesium. But, if you’re experiencing symptoms of deficiency, make sure you’re adding in Mg-rich foods into your diet. Keep in mind that stress and over exercising can cause Mg deficiencies.
- Kelp, dulse, all seaweeds
- Almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds
- Figs, apricots, dates, prunes, raisins, banana, cantaloupe
- Leafy greens, collards, dandelion
- Avocado, beets, broccoli, sweet potato
Eating nutrient-dense foods and balancing your blood sugar helps regulate your hormones, and this includes the ones that can drive you crazy every month during PMS. So, eat well throughout the month, focusing on quality protein, good fats, and unrefined carbohydrates; and don’t forget to add in mineral-rich foods to boost your magnesium levels during PMS to reduce mood swings, insomnia, and fatigue.