Magnesium & The Menses

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I have a lot to share about my two conferences in LA: The Health Freedom Convention and Natural Products Expo West. But I’m feeling magnesium blog withdrawal, so here’s an email from reader about her positive experience with magnesium.

“Hello Dr. Dean. I am using the Natural Calm supplement, to deal with stress but I had to work up to a full 2 tsp. dose over about 3 months because I am recovering from gluten issues and digestive problems. I split my dose in half, taking one teaspoon around lunch and another at night. But I’m going to follow your recommendation to split the doses up even further by putting the powder in my bottled water and sipping it throughout the day.

I just started my period, the first one since being on a full daily dose. But, I’ve been craving Calm the past two days, and I have been a little more irritable than normal the past few days. I took an extra teaspoon dose today and it wiped out my irritability in about 30 minutes.

Here’s my question. Is it OK to do this when you feel you need a little extra? I am also in the process of slowly withdrawing from Prozac after being on it for 18 years (since I was a teen) with my doctor’s help, and I am hoping that perhaps dosing with a little extra may help with that as well when I am feeling a little extra stressed.

Actually, it’s my experience with Calm that gave me the courage to talk to my doctor about trying to manage my depression nutritionally and he has been very supportive.

I told this young woman that during the monthly menses there is more “stress” and therefore more for magnesium to do. So it would make sense that the body uses more magnesium and therefore would benefit from another dose. I also said that if your body doesn’t need or doesn’t use the magnesium inside the cells, then it’s eliminated through the kidneys or the bowels. It’s a very safe supplement and doesn’t build up in the body.

She further said: “It really seems like the magnesium hits me with a wave of calm and relaxation shortly after I take it. Nothing has ever ratcheted my stress down so quickly and so dramatically as the magnesium. It is good to know I can take a little extra magnesium when I feel I need it.

Craving magnesium instead of chocolate before my period seems a little weird, but I guess my body really does need a little extra.”

Which gave me the opportunity to tell her that chocolate is VERY high in magnesium!

MEDIA: I’ll be a guest on a live BlogTalk Radio Show with Monica Brinkman. The topic is Magnesium. Tune in Thursday March 15, 2012 at 9pm EST or check later for the iPod broadcast.

Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Doctor of the Future

RECOMMENDATIONS: To get well and stay well, join my 2-year online wellness program called Completement Now! The various types of magnesium to take are on my website under Resources. However, the most commonly used magnesium is Natural Calm available at VitaCost.com and most health food stores. Under books you’ll find my eBooks: How to Change Your Life with Magnesium, Future Health Now Encyclopedia and Death by Modern Medicine. For Angstrom Minerals go to HealthShop. For Detoxing I recommend LL’s Magnetic Clay and Magnesium Flakes. For treating yeast overgrowth, IBS and digestive disorders, I recommend Prescript Assist. For Coconut products, whey powder and green powders go to Tropical Traditions. For food-based supplements Grown by Nature offers my readers a 20% discount on your purchases. At checkout, just enter the code: gbn123. For psychological and emotional issues I recommend EFT, the Linden Method (for anxiety) and The Healing Codes.

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: 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.

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