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WHY ATHLETES CRAVE CHOCOLATE

Sometimes, it’s not sugar that your body’s seeking.

A deficiency in magnesium can affect both general health and performance in the gym. Since the mineral is regularly lost via sweat, sometimes athletes need more than the average person does. 

What it does: The body needs magnesium for nerve and muscle function; it’s also important to maintain energy levels, healthy bones, and a healthy blood pressure. It also can help with recovery from strenuous exercise.

Symptoms of low levels: Muscle cramps and spasms, weakness, heart palpitations and irregularities. Chocolate cravings can also signify a lack of magnesium.

How much you need: Men require around 400 milligrams of magnesium a day and women should get roughly 300 milligrams a day. To make sure you’re getting enough, add magnesium-rich leafy greens such as spinach; nuts such as almonds, cashews, and peanuts; soy milk; and avocado to your diet. Dark chocolate is also a great source.