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Sleep Better, Boost Immunity, and Ease Worries With These Delicious Sips

Up to 80 percent of women don’t get enough magnesium, experts estimate. That’s a problem because it plays a role in more than 300 reactions that maintain hormone balance, energy levels and more.

Here’s what a daily dose can do for you:

Deepens Sleep

Magnesium relaxes muscles, inducing drowsiness that makes it easier to fall and stay asleep. The proof: In a study in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, subjects given magnesium before bed saw a 300 percent improvement in time spent sleeping rather than lying awake.

Boosts Immunity

This super mineral arms the body to fight off COVID-19 by boosting the production of virus-killing antibodies to up immunity in four days, according to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It also improves lung function and steadies blood sugar, reducing the risk of complications by up to 68%.

Eases Worries

Taking magnesium before bed can help you feel calmer come morning. USDA researchers credit the way the mineral soothes and nourishes the adrenal glands, improving their ability to regulate stress hormones and slashing tension-triggered cortisol surges by up to 51%.

ONE TO TRY: Natural Factors Magnesium Bisglycinate Powder (Buy at Pharmaca, $11.89 for 50 servings)

These dreamy teas deliver body-healing magnesium to help you relax and unwind:

Hibiscus-Cinnamon Lift

  • 1 hibiscus tea bag
  • 2 tsp. magnesium powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Splash of cranberry juice

Pour 1 cup boiling water over all ingredients; let steep 3min. Sweeten to taste.

Bonus! Hibiscus tea triples weight loss.

Turmeric-Thyme Tension Tamer

  • 1 turmeric tea bag
  • 2 tsp. magnesium powder
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 slice fresh lemon
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Splash of apple cider

Pour 1 cup boiling water over first 4 ingredients; let steep 3 min. Stir in honey and apple cider.

Bonus! The malic acid in apple cider eases digestive woes

Green Tea–Ginger Elixir

  • 1 matcha green tea bag, such as Lipton
  • 2 tsp. magnesium powder
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • 1 thin slice ginger

Pour 1 cup boiling water over all ingredients; let steep 3 min. Remove ginger. If desired, sweeten to taste with agave syrup.

Bonus! The L-theanine in matcha green tea improves focus by 133 percent.

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This article originally appeared in our print magazine.

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