Bellingham Athletic Club

Getting your daily dose of Magnesium

We hear a lot about the importance of vitamins, but minerals seem to get less attention unless it’s calcium or sodium. Magnesium is a key mineral in over 300 chemical reactions in the human body! It supports bone health, muscle contraction/relaxation, blood sugar balance, sleep, and energy production (just to name a few of its many roles).

Magnesium is found primarily in leafy greens, especially spinach and swiss chard; however, it is also found substantially in most beans and seeds. Symptoms of deficiency may include muscle cramps/weakness, irregular heartbeat, constipation, restlessness, and chocolate cravings!

One of my favorite recipes to boost my magnesium intake is a Mexican-inspired nourish bowl! Sauteed onion and garlic combined with warm quinoa and black beans seasoned with cumin, chili powder, oregano, and paprika over a bowl of spinach is super yummy, super filling, and a super way to get lots of this awesome mineral. I like to top this nourish bowl with green chiles, a dollop of full-fat, plain yogurt, salsa, and cilantro! Yum!

If you’d like to learn more about nutrition and how to get yours in order, please visit my website at or email me at I’m also on Instagram @rebelyumnutrition!
Shelby O’Hagan
Nutrition Consultant