Magnesium is a great mineral for our bodies, notably it helps us relax and supports our muscles.
Athletes are often familiarized with taking an extra dose of magnesium after a marathon or an intense training session to prevent painful muscle spasms and exhaustion.
Children and young adults who are active all day long use up a lot of magnesium as well and may experience painful muscle cramps which are sometimes mistaken for growing pains.
If you are low in magnesium, your bowels which are made of smooth muscle, can become sluggish, you become constipated and you may even get painful stomach cramps. Magnesium deficiency is an often overlooked cause of constipation and is easily treatable.
Rather than gravitating towards laxatives which may have side effects such as reducing absorption of nutrients, work to treat the root cause of the constipation, which may be a combination of too little fibre and water in the diet, low magnesium, and abnormal gut flora.
Eating more vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes can address all of those issues at once – they are high in fibre and magnesium and promote healthy gut flora. No doubt when we have adequate amounts of magnesium we feel better and part of this can be attributed to a healthy, balanced gut.
Fun Fact: Only 30-40% of consumed magnesium is absorbed by the body and different forms of magnesium are better absorbed! Making this a top mineral in our intravenous nutrient formulations! Find out more about our intravenous nutrient infusions here.
Talk to your naturopathic doctor about individualized magnesium supplementation – what form, how much and when to take it!