Mighty minerals: Why is magnesium important for your diet?

Here at AEH Retirement, we've talked plenty about the many benefits of healthy eating, especially as you enter into senior living. You need a good balance of meats, fruits and fresh vegetables, but what about minerals?

Magnesium is a mineral that is crucial for day-to-day body functioning, and it is likely that you're not getting enough of it in your diet. Almost every publication that spouts the importance of sufficient magnesium will claim the majority of us aren't consuming adequate amounts of this mineral.

Fortunately, though, there are many foods that do contain high levels of magnesium that you can easily incorporate into your diet, as well as supplements you can take, so that your active retirement lifestyle meets the necessary levels of nutritious minerals for your diet.

How can magnesium help you?

Magnesium helps your body with a plethora of functions. These are just a few of the perks, according to Harvard Health and WebMD:

  • Nerve and muscle activity
  • Regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Energy production from fats and carbohydrates
  • Maintain healthy heart function and rhythm

Australian NaturalCare also lists many different uses, such as treating asthma, insomnia, muscular cramps, headaches and fatigue, as well as plenty more.

Magnesium helps to regulate healthy heart function and rhythm.Magnesium helps your heart beat normally and function better.

An insufficient amount of magnesium in your diet can cause inflammation, and as explained by WebMD, this can result in major health conditions such as heart and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, constipation, weak bone health and even certain types of cancers.

It's obvious we need magnesium to function. So the important question is, how can we get more of such an important mineral into our diet?

What can I eat to supplement my magnesium levels?

Whether you reside in Sugar Valley or Camden Central, you'll be close in location to many shops where you can buy certain foods that are high in magnesium. Luckily, none of these foods are specialised, so they're both affordable and accessible.

Harvard Health explains that you should consume foods such as dark, leafy green vegetables, grains and legumes. Nuts, especially almonds and cashews, and soybeans are also great additions to your diet.

Magnesium helps to transport potassium and calcium around our body, so foods rich in those minerals also help with healthy body functioning. It is all the more important to look after yourself as you age, as your body doesn't have the ability to generate enough natural minerals as it could in youth.

Magnesium can be found in your bones, soft tissue and muscle, so make sure you give these areas of your body the necessary amount of magnesium in order to live happier and healthier during your relaxing retirement years.

Leafy green vegetables contain high amounts of magnesium so make sure you're consuming a healthy dose.Leafy green vegetables contain high amounts of magnesium so make sure you're consuming a healthy dose.