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Do you feel sleepy all the time? Is it that even after eating everything right, your body feels lethargic? Well, if that’s the case, then your body is lacking in a very important nutrient and that is magnesium.
Magnesium is an essential nutrient that is required by the body for various processes like regulating nerve and muscle function, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, making DNA and supporting the immune system. Magnesium is present in soft tissues, muscles and bodily fluids. Magnesium maintains a healthy brain and a healthy heartbeat. It reduces the risk of heart disease and improves sleep quality.
It may also help in reducing the symptoms of depression. Getting enough magnesium prevents many chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, migraine and cardiovascular diseases. Magnesium is also helpful in controlling premenstrual syndrome, as it reduces bloating, breast tenderness and mood swings.
“Magnesium is also linked to healthy brain development, memory and learning. This nutrient prevents the nerve cells from being overstimulated, which may cause brain damage,” suggests nutritionist Ms Manisha Chopra.
Magnesium deficiency is rare in healthy people. It can be a result of excess consumption of alcohol, gastrointestinal disorder, diabetes or can even be a side effect of certain medications. This deficiency is more common in adults.
Common signs include:
Thankfully, the things that are readily available in our kitchen are loaded with magnesium. Therefore, you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket to fulfil magnesium needs for your body.
Adding magnesium to your diet is extremely important. Men should consume at least 400 mg and women should consume at least 300 mg of magnesium every day.
By adding the following in your diet, you can beat all the above signs of magnesium deficiency in a few days time:
“Make sure you don’t get an overdose magnesium in your diet, because it can lead to nausea, diarrhea, or cramping. Magnesium in large quantities can even cause kidney problems, urine retention, low blood pressure,” concludes Ms Chopra.
So ladies, add loads and loads of magnesium in your diet as well as your family’s, and stay energetic all day long.