Magnesium in Our Diet

green cabbageOur bodies cannot store magnesium; we need a constant supply of this crucial mineral in our daily diet. But even if your diet is high in foods containing magnesium, you may not be absorbing enough if you have digestive problems.  Magnesium levels may be low in those suffering from illness, digestive or malabsorption problems, in alcoholics and in those who consume a diet consisting of refined foods, sugary foods, junk or take-away foods.

A diet high in dairy and low in whole grains can lead to to excess calcium in the tissues and a magnesium deficiency. If you are experiencing cramping, your diet may be high in foods such as cheese, milk or yoghurt. Modify your diet to include mainly magnesium rich foods (see chart below). Continue reading