Oh be careful with that one! To much can cramp you and keep you in the bathroom! I would recommend if you suspect low magnesium, or anything else, have your doctor do a blood test to see exactly what you are low on before taking a supplement. Sometimes thing mimic each other-so low magnesium may not be the answer. Dr Oz suggests possibilities for symtoms, but only your Doctor can check for sure. In MY case, it was low calcium that was making me fatigued and tried.
Thanks for your input everyone! I'll check out those websites for sure.
If I had health insurance I would go see a doctor, but sadly I don't. Last time I had my blood drawn though when I had it, he didn't mention anything unusual but that was probably a year ago or so.
I do need more fruits/veggies in my life. However, most of the foods I'm already eating take a lot of my calorie range. Hrm, maybe I should start doing side salads instead rice/green beans/corn/mashed potatoes all the time. It's all I'm used to.
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518 10/17/12 7:36 A
Green vegetables are one of the best dietary source of magnesium! Make sure you eat lots of green vegetables every day.
A quick look at your tracker tells me you are not eating enough vegetables and fruit. Make a concentrated effort to eat more veggies and fruit and you will notice a drastic improvement in your energy levels.
I think I'd be keen to try minor changes in diet first. It's cheaper! Docs are expensive to go see over everything. If changing the diet doesn't work, I'd see the doctor. But it can't hurt to try adding a few specific healthy foods into the diet more for a week or two and see if that helps at all.
Of course, if it's so bad it's affecting your life rather than just making you feel "a bit run down", then see a doctor! :)
10/16/12 6:25 P
There are lots of reasons that a person might feel fatigued. The best place to start figuring out why is with a visit to a doctor to make sure that there is no underlying illness.
Testing is a little OTT. Who's talking about supplements?
The OP presumably suffers from the same description of problem (lethargy) and simply wonders if changing the diet a little will help. That's fine. Go for it.
You pretty much can't OD on minerals and vitamins purely through food intake, especially if you are simply incorporating foods high in that into a fully balanced diet.
10/16/12 1:19 P
"what do I do? "
Get your level measured (simple blood test). I am smack dab in the middle of the required range. You may be too!
No sense spending money on a supplement you may not even need....
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10/16/12 12:27 P
I try to take a Magnesium pill a few times a week. I was getting horrible headaches every other day and since taking the Magnesium I have been feeling better. I read that taking Magnesium can help with headaches.
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10/16/12 9:54 A
I take a little bit of magnesium each day. I have to be careful to not take to much as it has a laxative effect. The active ingredient in Milk of Magnesia is the mineral magnesium.
Thought Dr. Guyenet had an interesting study article about magnesium and insulin sensitivity. Something he points out is that foods high in phytic acid, grains, beans, etc. can prevent the absorption of magnesium eaten in foods.
well the first thing that strikes me is that magnesium isn't required to be on labels. and if it isn't required to be on labels, there are a lot of companies that aren't going to waste the ink printing it on there. so if you really want to know how much magnesium you were eating in the first place, you need to contact all of the companies about all of the products that you were eating in the first place to get the full nutrition information for their product. you may be able to find more detailed info online, but you might have to send out a lot of emails. then you need to adjust all of the info you're using with the new info as you get it. then look at what you're actually getting. alternately, take a look at the spark page on magnesium. are you eating a fair amount of food from there? yes? i think i remember dietitian becky saying that for the nutrients that aren't required to be on labels, if you're eating a fair amount from the list and you're tracking at 70-80%, you're likely getting all you need, it's just tracking errors [ie not listed] that are preventing you from seeing what you're actually getting.
Now, I looked through the nutrition facts of some of these foods I bought today at the store. Whole Wheat Bread, Raisin Bran, and Black Beans. None of which listed the Magnesium content. I do want to reach my Magnesium goal but it's very difficult for me sometimes. I figured with this list it would be easier, but if it's non-traceable, what do I do?
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