It’s not uncommon for retirees to note that there are a few more aches and pains or times of ‘just not feeling GOOD’ that come with becoming a senior citizen. It is not always a serious medical condition, sometimes it could be connected with the nutrients and minerals that are taken in with food.
The dieticians and chefs at Galloway Ridge retirement community plan meals to provide balanced, nutritious meals for senior diets. But the choice remains with the residents.
Low levels of magnesium can cause several issues and although magnesium is as vital as salt, it doesn’t get the attention. These are a few problems that can be a cause of not having enough magnesium in your system:
- Muscle cramps
- Irritation and anxiety
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Migraines and recurrent headaches
- Kidney stones
- Chronic fatigue
These conditions make you feel less inclined to join friends in activities and outings and could suggest that it is time to visit the doctor to discuss the issues.
Low magnesium levels are not uncommon. In fact, studies suggest that more than 60% of patients admitted to intensive care are deficient in magnesium! Those who take water pills, sweat profusely or drink a great deal of soda may be at a greater risk. These are foods that will build up your body’s amount of magnesium:
- Wheat germ and wheat grain
- Cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts
- Soy beans
- Brown rice
- Figs and dates
- Beans and barley
Fill the pantry of your retirement home with foods that keep your body supplied with enough magnesium and you’ll be feeling ready to hit the gym or walking trails every day. Afterwards, you can relax in a nice hot bath with Epsom salts, which is magnesium sulfate. You’ll get more magnesium and sleep well, too!