Magnesium is a mineral that is essential for many physiological processes in our body, including protein synthesis, nerve and muscle function, blood glucose control, blood pressure regulation etc.
This mineral is naturally present in many foods and also is available as a dietary supplement.
More for foods rich with magnesium, you can read HERE.
Daily recommended intakes of magnesium are:
Kids: 170 mg per day
Women: 280 mg per day
Pregnant women: 350 mg per day
Men: 350 mg per day
In addition, Through this quiz, answer the following questions to find out if your body needs extra amount of magnesium.
1. Do you drink sodas?
Sodas contain phosphates. These compounds tie with magnesium and are limiting his absorption. Also, when we consume soda with meal, most of the magnesium from food, passes through the digestive tract unused.
2. Do you eat sweets (on daily basics)?
We all know that sugar is unhealthy, but sugar also causes increased discharge of magnesium when it goes through the filtration in the kidneys.
3. Do you drink every day coffee or tea (more than 2 cups)?
Caffeine causes increased filtration independent of the concentration of sodium in the blood, which can result in deficiency of magnesium.
4. Are you constantly exposed to stress?
Stress can cause a lack of magnesium in the body.
5. Do you consume more than seven alcoholic drinks per week?
Increased intake of alcohol is damaging the digestive system and causes a lack of vitamin D, which is important for the absorption of magnesium from food.
6. Do you feel any of these symptoms:
– Period of hyperactivity
– Superficial and short sleep
IF YOU ARE UNDER 50 AND HAVE 4 OR MORE THAN 4 ANSWERS ‘YES’ – You need extra intake of Magnesium! Try to cut down some of this ‘bad habits’ or start using magnesium supplements.
IF YOU ARE MORE THAN 50 AND HAVE AT LEAST 3 ANSWERS ‘YES’ – You also need extra intake of Magnesium!
In both cases, pay attention of your magnesium intake, because this is one very important mineral which still don’t have the deserved attention.