I am a big believer in taking magnesium. It is a mineral that's crucial to the body's function. Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady. I also find that it helps with sleep especially when taken before bed and reduces constipation as well as stress.

 Magnesium can be found in the following foods, but as with most nutrients, daily needs for magnesium cannot be met from food alone which is why magnesium dietary supplements are a good choice as well.

    Sunflower seeds, dry-roasted, ¼ cup: 128 milligrams

    Almonds, dry-roasted, ¼ cup: 105 milligrams

    Sesame seeds, roasted whole, 1 oz: 101 milligrams

    Spinach, boiled, 1 cup: 78 milligrams

    Cashews, dry-roasted, 1 oz: 74 milligrams

    Black beans, cooked, ½ cup: 60 milligrams

    Oatmeal, cooked, 1 cup: 58 milligrams

    Broccoli, cooked, 1 cup: 51 milligrams

    Peanut butter, smooth, 2 tablespoons: 49 milligrams

    Shrimp, raw, 4 oz: 48 milligrams

    Black-eyed peas, cooked, ½ cup: 46 milligrams

    Brown rice, cooked, ½ cup: 42 milligrams

    Kidney beans, canned, ½ cup: 35 milligrams

    Cow's milk, whole, 1 cup: 33 milligrams

    Banana, one medium: 33 milligrams