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Four Ways to Stop Magnesium From Causing Diarrhea

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Old wooden outhouse from Jerome Arizona, Ghost town
While magnesium is famous for helping people with constipation… taken the wrong way, this miracle mineral can cause a new problem: diarrhea. (Photo by Andrew Dunn.)

Joanne O. from Pennsylvania asks why supplementing with magnesium is causing her diarrhea…

I have difficulties whenever I have more than 400mg of magnesium. I tried taking 800mg for awhile and it always causes diarrhea… Is this normal?”

Generally, magnesium will cause diarrhea because not enough is being absorbed into your bloodstream. If it doesn’t make it into your bloodstream it ends up in your colon where it has a laxative effect.

Here are four strategies to stop magnesium from causing diarrhea

  1. Don’t take all your magnesium at one time. Have two or three smaller doses throughout the day.
  2. Try taking your magnesium with high fiber meals. We are meant to derive magnesium from food which slows down its absorption.
  3. Don’t take magnesium with meals. Yes, I know I just said take it with meals. That works for some and not for others. Fiber may bind up the magnesium too well preventing your gut from absorbing it. So try taking your magnesium on an empty stomach.
  4. Try different types of magnesium. You’re probably using citrate. You can also try dimalate capsules which release slower. Magnesium oil is a great alternative as it bypasses your digestive system. And angstrom magnesium appears to absorb the best because it’s been broken down finer.

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RECOMMENDATIONS: For a complete list go to my Resources. I recommend ReMag, my own magnesium product and Natural Calm magnesium, a well absorbed multiple mineral, ReLyte.
NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don’t feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health.
WARNING: This blog is not to be misconstrued as medical advice. It’s up to you to make the decisions about your own health. I have zero staff and I cannot answer personal health questions by email. However, please send general questions that I may be able to answer in my blog. But first, google my name with the condition you are inquiring about and see if I’ve already addressed it somewhere on the web.

P.S. Because of the diarrhea effect most doctors discourage patients taking magnesium with medication. Find out why I disagree in my previous Wellness Tip from Future “My Goodness! Don’t Take Magnesium with That!” by clicking here.

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