1 in 3 Aussies do not meet their magnesium needs
Could you be deficient?
Thirty-three per cent of Australians are not getting enough magnesium and could benefit from increasing it in their diets. It’s relatively easy to become mildly deficient in the mineral — too much stress, processed food or alcohol, as well as diarrhoea or some medications, can lower your levels. The good news is dietary changes or supplements can restore your levels quickly.
It’s important to note, however, that while many people aren’t getting enough magnesium through diet alone, it’s rare to have a true deficiency. This is because your body controls how much magnesium is lost through urine. So if you’re not getting much magnesium through your diet, your kidneys will reduce the amount expelled through your urine.
Some of the earliest signs of magnesium deficiency include nausea, general fatigue and a loss of appetite. Remember that if you’re simply low in magnesium, you probably won’t experience any of these symptoms. But it’s still a good idea to increase your intake of foods that contain magnesium.
What foods contain magnesium?
It might surprise you that plant-based food sources like grains, fruits and vegetables typically have higher levels of magnesium than meats or dairy foods. Higher-fibre foods also tend to contain increased magnesium levels. Good sources include: