THE MAGNIFICENCE OF MAGNESIUM.
Feeling lightheaded and low on energy? Finding it hard to maintain your concentration? That could mean an iron deficiency. Blood loss is a more common cause of iron deficiency, but grain consumption isn’t far behind. Remove grains from the diet and normal iron absorption will return. That may be all that’s required, though in some cases, iron supplements are needed to speed up the process.
Eggs and meats are among the best sources of iron. Other iron-rich foods include spinach, chard, kale, molasses, pumpkin seeds, lima beans, and kidney beans. Magnesium deficiency has real health implications and a diet rich in “healthy whole grains” virtually assures a deficiency. A lack of magnesium contributes to osteoporosis, and also is associated with hypertension, higher blood sugar, muscle cramps, low birth weight in infants, migraine headaches, and heart rhythm disorders. Increasing your consumption of magnesium-rich foods can help. Some of these foods include almonds and other nuts, peanut butter, spinach, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds. One thing you do not have to do is correct deficiencies that develop as a consequence of eliminating grains. There is no such deficiency. In fact, the opposite is often true: Nutrient status improves without the nutrient-blocking effects of grains.
William Davis, MD, is a cardiologist and author of several books, including the No.1 New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly. Find Dr. Davis at wheat bellyblog.com.