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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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