Many of us learn of our systemic nickel allergies because we eat or ate an abundance of oatmeal, leafy greens, beans, nuts or other foods high in nickel. It’s unfortunate that so many foods higher in nickel are also considered healthy, super foods and contain key nutrients and minerals that we can’t regularly eat. It’s even more challenging to ensure our diet is as balanced as possible when eating a restricted diet.
Well known as the “invisible deficiency” the majority of Americans don’t get enough magnesium in their diets. Some of the reasons why magnesium deficiencies are so common involve modern farming techniques depleting the amount of magnesium, zinc and other essential minerals from our soil. Additionally nearly all our municipal water contains fluoride which binds to magnesium making it harder for our bodies to absorb the magnesium we may ingest. The amount of iron and fiber can aid our retention of magnesium, whereas eating a diet high in refined sugars and being stressed can make us more prone to being magnesium deficient.
When the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium, what does that mean for those of us eating a low nickel diet?