Is Your Diet Draining You?

 Our diet should be the main way we replace energy and nutrient stores, but what you’re eating and drinking may be doing the exact opposite, slowly draining your body of the minerals it needs for energy as well as happiness and health.

The Caffeine Contradiction

A nice cup of coffee or tea can feel just like a hug in a mug, lifting your mood and giving you the energy to concentrate. But that very cuppa you’re using to boost your energy/concentration and mood, could be draining one of the minerals your body relies on to produce energy, handle stress and relax your muscles…magnesium. Firstly, the “energy boost” is actually the caffeine stimulating energy production, burning through your magnesium stores at an increased rate to create that energy. Secondly, caffeine makes you go to the loo more, getting rid of even more magnesium and further reducing levels of this energy-making mineral. So caffeine might give you a boost in the short-term, but in the long-term it may actually be draining your batteries by reducing the magnesium you need to produce energy.

Alcohol - The Booze Burden

A hard earned thirst needs a big cold beer...except that’s the worst thing you can do for your hydration and electrolyte levels. If you’ve been working hard all day and need something hydrating as well as relaxing, the last thing your body needs is booze. Alcoholic drinks are actually dehydrating and also rid the body of the minerals needed for relaxation and sleep. Working hard, concentration, stress, movement - all of these things use magnesium – if you’ve had a big day, you’ve probably already taxed your magnesium stores and relaxing with a boozy beverage is just going to drain them even more. Magnesium is also needed to help avoid a hangover (and get rid of one if it’s too late), so if you don’t mind the odd tipple, spare a thought for those vital magnesium levels.

Anti-Energy Foods

So you think that bowl of pasta or energy drink is going to give you an energy boost? Think again! Foods high in carbohydrates and sugars use a lot of magnesium to convert that food into energy. These foods are also naturally low in minerals, so you’re taking more magnesium out than what you’re putting back in. Since your body needs magnesium to produce energy (among 300+ other processes), these “energy foods” could actually be reducing your ability to produce energy.

Natural Energy Fuel

If you want the fuel to power the engine in your body, swap those high carbohydrate foods for high magnesium foods, such as:

  • Brazil Nuts, Walnuts, Almonds
  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Fish
  • Dried Figs
  • Avocado
  • Dark Chocolate

Have a think about what you eat and drink every day, could it be draining your magnesium levels? If you find yourself struggling with energy, burdened by stress, or even if you suffer from cramps or headaches, your body may need more magnesium.