Thursday, February 18, 2016

Testing and Treatment of deficiency in Magnesium

Testing and Treatment -
If you suspect you may be deficient in magnesium, see your doctor for a check up at your local health clinic. Your doctor may require you to have further testing and ask you a few questions about your diet and lifestyle. Treatment may include supplementation, diet and lifestyle changes, and medication if there is an underlying cause for a deficiency. It is important only to take supplements and medications as recommended by your doctor.
Foods That Contain Magnesium -
Some good sources of Magnesium are:
- Nuts (especially almonds, brazil nuts) and seeds (especially sunflower and pumpkin).
- Wholegrain cereals, wholegrain bread
- Vegetables: Dark leafy greens (spinach, Swiss chard), broccoli, potatoes
- Legumes: Lentils, soybeans, black beans, kidney beans and chickpeas.
- Fish (especially mackerel, salmon, halibut, and tuna)
- Meat (pork, lamb and chicken)
- Fruit (bananas, avocados, grapefruit, strawberries and figs.
- Tofu
- Dark Chocolate
- Low-fat yogurt
Cooking Vegetables to Retain their Health Benefits:
Getting three to five servings of vegetables every day is recommended to manage weight, protect against heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. The way in which vegetables are cooked such as boiling or soaking can cause them to lose some of their nutrients while eating vegetables in their raw state ensures there is no loss. If you like to cook, your vegetables aim for fresh (not canned or frozen) when possible. If you like to cook your vegetables lightly steaming is the recommended method of cooking as it does not lead to as much nutrient loss.
Tip: Making a few small changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your health and wellbeing and ensure you are not putting yourself at risk for magnesium deficiency. If you have a poor diet or regularly consume alcohol, it is advisable to see your doctor for a health check up.
Remember: It is important only to take supplements and medications as recommended by your doctor.

Source: POMGH Health Tips