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SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
10/7/13 1:53 P

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.

Edited by: SIMPLYME80 at: 10/7/2013 (13:55)
CLK1948 Posts: 51
10/7/13 1:41 P

thanks for the tip. I have been concerned about low magnesium.

SUZIEAJ Posts: 174
10/17/12 12:56 P

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.

PARISAPRIL1 SparkPoints: (8,951)
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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.

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Edited by: PARISAPRIL1 at: 10/17/2012 (07:37)
UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
10/16/12 11:29 P

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! :)

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 1,929
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.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
10/16/12 1:23 P

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.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 16,263
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.

"Magnesium and Insulin Sensitivity"

wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/02/mag
nesium-and-insulin-sensitivity.html


TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
10/16/12 8:51 A

You would need to look up the information directly from the USDA or other data base options. Here is a link to the new USDA information that will now let you sort by specific nutrients.

SR25 - Reports by single Nutrients
www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=2
2769


Hope that helps.

Coach Tanya

NIRERIN Posts: 12,036
10/16/12 7:52 A

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.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
10/16/12 7:23 A

Why don't you go get bloodwork done, and find out whether you are low in Magnesium first. Ask your doctor to check out all your nutrients. You might find it is something different than Magnesuim.

Dr. Oz is just a salesman.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
10/15/12 11:47 P

Here is a site which does list magnesium content in some foods. It may be helpful for you.

wholefoodcatalog.info/nutrient/magnesium/f
oods/high/


SUZIEAJ Posts: 174
10/15/12 10:39 P

I'm not sure how many of you watch Dr. Oz, but at work I caught a show about feeling fatigued a lot during the day.

He mentioned the reason why was because of low Magnesium levels in the body.
He compiled a list of things to eat that will help your levels be normal.

The list consisted of:
-Bananas
-Kidney Beans
-Black Beans
-Whole Wheat Bread
-Brown Rice
-Lentils
-Oatmeal
-Quinoa
-Raisin Bran
-Spinach
-Shredded Wheat

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? emoticon

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