We all know that we should primarily drink water.
Or we should at least make the effort to drink enough water.
But we also want to live a little… which is where coffee, soda, and alcohol come into play. Whether you’re a coffee fiend, the type of person who has an occasional glass of wine, or somewhere else along the spectrum - it’s important to understand that the beverages you drink have an impact on your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals.
When you drink coffee, your intestines have a decreased ability to absorb magnesium. So if you’re guzzling coffee all day, that may mean that you’re not benefiting (or are benefiting less) from any magnesium you’re taking in alongside your caffeine fix. (1)
It’s no secret that soda is packed with sugar and artificial sweeteners that just aren’t good for you. But you may not know that it also contains phosphoric acid which can deplete both calcium and magnesium in the body. (2)
Because alcohol is a diuretic, it tends to flush magnesium out of the system along with other electrolytes.(3) But, one glass of wine certainly isn’t going to rid your body of all of its magnesium. Now, chronic or excessive drinking is a different animal. And alcohol-related health problems can cause magnesium deficiencies due to excretion, vomiting, diarrhea and/or poor diet. (4)
Now, none of this means you have to totally abstain from the beverages that get you out of bed in the morning, or the occasional soft drink that you indulge in at the movie theater. The important takeaway is for you to understand the relationship between the food you eat, the beverages you drink, and your magnesium intake.
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