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Eye Twitching May Mean Your Muscles Are Weak: 10 Foods You Should Eat To Help

Eye Twitching May Mean Your Muscles Are Weak: 10 Foods You Should Eat To Help

Eye twitching is an involuntary spasm of the eyelid muscles and it may span over a period as long as several weeks, and in severe cases, it can affect your vision. As other forms of muscle spasms, eye twitching can also be associated with weak muscles. Weak muscles might seem as something that can be gone after a good night’s sleep, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly, as it can cause us to feel weak all the time, so that even small tasks seem like they require a lot of energy, which we simply don’t have. In the worst case scenario, weak muscles may eventually lead to different kinds of chronic pain, such as back or neck pain.

Your muscles need magnesium

Among many positive effects magnesium can have on our health[1], it can be particularly helpful with muscle spasms or cramps and chronic pain. There must be a balance in the levels of calcium and magnesium in our organism so as to avoid muscle spasm. In order for muscles to relax, there must be enough magnesium. Calcium signals muscles to contract, and without enough magnesium, they would be in the state of constant contraction.

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To avoid having muscle spasms and eye twitching, you should follow recommended daily intakes of magnesium:[2]

  • For average male adults (19 years old and above): 400-420 mg
  • For average females (19 years old and above): 310-320 mg
  • For children from ages 4-8: 130 mg
  • For children from ages 9-13: 240 mg
  • For teenagers (ages 14-18): 410 mg for males, and 360 mg for females

Foods that are rich in magnesium

Leafy greens are especially rich in magnesium, as well as different kinds of seeds and some types of fruit.

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  1. Spinach – 1 cup contains 157 mg of magnesium
  2. Kefir – 1 cup contains 154 mg of magnesium
  3. Almonds – 1 ounce or 0.03 kg contains 80 mg of magnesium
  4. Black beans – ½ cup contains 60 mg of magnesium
  5. Avocado – 1 medium avocado contains 58 mg of magnesium
  6. Figs – ½ cup contains 50 mg of magnesium
  7. Dark chocolate – 1 square contains 95 mg of magnesium
  8. Banana – 1 medium banana contains 32 mg of magnesium
  9. Pumpkin seeds – 1/8 cup contains 92 mg of magnesium
  10. Swiss chard – 1 cup contains 154 mg of magnesium

How to get the most out of magnesium-rich foods

The easiest way for your muscles to get enough magnesium is through the consumption of food. Incorporating magnesium-rich food into your diet is easy – between meals, you can eat healthy snacks, such as a banana, dark chocolate or pumpkin seeds. You can also add green leaves, almonds or any nuts to spice up your every meal and provide you with healthy source of magnesium. There are many delicious recipes that will help you get as much magnesium as you need.

Certain cooking procedures that can lead to better absorption of magnesium, such as:

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  • Soaking beans and grains before cooking
  • Sprouting beans
  • Cooking foods such as spinach and leafy greens rather than consuming them raw

Through the process of cooking, particularly steaming, magnesium is released, and in foods such as spinach, the cooking process reduces oxalic acid which can inhibit the process of absorption. Also, be sure to chew your food well, since it helps break it down and it is the first important step in the absorption of magnesium. Another way to release magnesium from different kinds of food is to puree the food in blender, as this process is similar to chewing.

There are certain foods that can enhance the process of absorption, and certain foods that inhibit it. Foods that help you absorb magnesium better are:

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  • Foods that contain fructose, such as apples, honey and raisins.
  • Complex carbohydrates found in oats and cornmeal.
  • Healthy oils, such as coconut oil.

Foods that inhibit magnesium absorption are:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Diuretics such as coffee and tea
  • Excessive intake of alcohol

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Reference

[1] http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-benefits/health/
[2] https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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