Minerals, Health & Weight Loss
Good diet nutrition is essential for optimum health – including efficient metabolism, stable blood sugar levels and appetite, all of which affect weight control and how fast we lose weight. Minerals play an essential role in this nutritional process.
Magnesium works closely with Calcium. Unfortunately, many of us don’t get enough magnesium because milk – our biggest source of Calcium – is not a good source of Magnesium.
Good sources of Magnesium include
Wheatgerm, nuts, beans, brown rice, oats, barley, wheat flakes, bananas, leafy green vegetables.
How Magnesium helps
Helps to combat heart disease & strokes
Helps to prevent PMS, kidney & gallstones
Useful in treatment of prostate problems
Essential for cell repair, hormones and a regular heartbeat
Magnesium deficiency symptoms include
Nervous behavior (hyperactivity in children).
Low blood sugar.
Groups at risk include, the elderly, pregnant women and anyone who takes regular strenuous exercise. Magnesium levels are depleted by too much salt, alcohol, protein or calcium.
Recommended daily allowance for Magnesium
US RDA: 300-400mg
EU RDA: 300mg
The Importance of a Balanced Diet
If you have been a regular follower of fad diets, regular fasting, single food diets, yo-yo dieting or diet/weight loss pills, you may already be deficient in vitamins and minerals. This may be why you find it difficult to lose weight, or sustain weight loss in the long term.
Solution: Follow a balanced diet that offers slow steady weight loss and includes advice on exercise. Anne Collins Weight Loss Diet Program is a good choice.