Magnesium can be taken at any time of day, but because it’s a calming mineral, it may help you feel calmer if your dose is timed with a meal or snack. Try taking magnesium along with one of the following:
• A cup of green tea (but skip adding caffeine) for an energizing boost to your mood and concentration during the day. Or take 1 teaspoon of chamomile capsules that have been brewed for 10 minutes in hot water. Chamomile has been shown to relieve anxiety by lowering levels of stress hormones called corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF).
• Follow the Chinese practice known as qi gong meditation—a form of deep breathing done while standing and moving your body slowly from side to side, similar to what happens when we stretch our bodies before walking up stairs. This exercise will help relax tense muscles and increase blood flow throughout the body. Immediately afterward, drink another glass or two (up to 1 liter) of water so that stomach acids are released into the intestines rather than being stored in urine, where they can harm cells lining those passageways through which our food passes on its way out into our bloodstreams; this helps prevent belly bloat caused by too much salt consumed via processed foods such as fast food and packaged snacks. When you do eat again later in the day, try eating smaller portions more frequently instead of big meals every 3–4 hours; this encourages digestion