Magnesium, Health and Diet

Did you know that for every molecule of sugar you consume, it takes 54 molecules of magnesium for your body to process it?

According to Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle :

"The typical American diet, which is rich in fat, sugar, salt, synthetic vitamin D, phosphates, protein, and supplemented calcium, not only is deficient in magnesium but actually increases the need for magnesium in the body."
A poor diet plays a key role in magnesium depletion but is not the only cause.  Other causes include soft water, certain prescriptions and over the counter medications, alcoholism and substance abuse, mental and physical stress, aging and certain diseases.

A deficiency in magnesium has been linked to a long list of diseases and chronic health conditions including heart disease, hypertension, asthma, diabetes, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, strokes, kidney stones, obesity and eating disorders.

What You Can Do:

Avoid eating processed, junk and fast food, particularly foods that are high in sugar like soft drinks, commercially prepared fruit juice and alcohol, as well as foods that have been refined like bread, pasta, pastries and snacks made from white flour.

Instead eat a whole-food, organic plant-based diet which typically includes a variety foods that have high levels of naturally occurring magnesium.  Whenever possible, choose foods that are organic - i.e., grown in well-mineralized soils that have not been treated with NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) fertilizers:

  • Whole wheat grain
  • Wheat germ and bran
  • Spinach and other leafy greens
  • Kelp and other sea vegetables
  • Artichokes
  • Sweet Potato
  • Squash
  • Avocado
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Asparagus
  • Cantaloupe
  • Tomato
  • Flax seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Almonds
  • Pine nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Dried Herbs
  • Nutritional Yeast

Further reading:
Magnificent Magnesium - The Neglected Mineral We Cannot Live Without
Deficiency of This Vital Mineral May Result in a Shorter Life
Causes of a Lack of Magnesium

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