Are You Getting Enough Magnesium in Your Diet?

Many of us have heard of the essential mineral magnesium but may not be aware that magnesium plays an important physiological role in many different bodily processes—with over 300 enzymes dependent on magnesium for proper functioning and regulation. Magnesium is a vital component of health, and many studies have found that magnesium deficiency can lead to a range of health problems. However, a recent study has shown that regular consumption of magnesium-rich foods can actually help prevent serious health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

Gut Bacteria May Be Key to Weight Loss Success

If you’ve tried every diet and weight loss strategy under the sun and still can’t drop pounds, it might have as much to do with what’s lurking in your gut as what’s sitting on your plate. A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that the balance of bacteria in your microbiome, which resides in your gastrointestinal tract, may determine your success or failure on any diet—in some cases more so than your food choices.