Healthy food trends often tell us to eat the obviously nutritious stuff to feel good. For example, eating clean has several good effects on your body, and new science even shows that eating a healthy second breakfast can help you lose weight. But there’s also some serious scientific evidence that we should eat more of our favorite good eats. According to a recent study by the University of Edinburgh that was published in the journal Nature, magnesium — which is found in good stuff like leafy greens, dark chocolate (yumm!), avocados, nuts and more — is even more essential to our bodies than previously thought.
While science has long known that magnesium is good for your body and helps convert food into energy, this new study helped pinpoint that the vitamin also helps with our internal clocks. The “circadian rhythm,” as it’s called, is how our cells know when it’s time to wake up and go to a workout class or when it’s time to power down the tablet and get some shut eye. Essentially, the vitamin helps our cells better control their time management skills, and eating more magnesium can help your body function how it’s supposed to, when it’s supposed to.
The vitamin could also have an effect on metabolism and our bodies’ ability to burn energy, possibly resulting in higher energy levels and lower weight. That, plus getting your internal clock in check? BRB, going to make a kale and avocado salad.
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