On February 24, 2010, I blogged on Four Ways to Stop Magnesium From Causing Diarrhea. It’s an important post that bears repeating.
A reader said, “I have difficulties whenever I have more than 400mg of magnesium. I tried taking 800mg for a while 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. Instead, have two or three smaller doses throughout the day so that it doesn’t overwhelm your bowels. What’s not absorbed goes through your intestines as a laxative. If you have constipation, the laxative aspect of magnesium is beneficial. But if your bowels tend to be loose sip your magnesium citrate powder through the whole day.
2. Try taking your magnesium with meals. We are meant to derive magnesium from food which slows down its absorption.
3. Try different types of magnesium. You’re probably using a magnesium citrate powder which is the most common form. Mixed in water, it’s better absorbed and can be sipped throughout the day. If diarrhea is a problem you can try magnesium dimalate capsules which have a slow release mechanism. Magnesium lotion as a transdermal application is a great alternative because it bypasses your digestive system. Angstrom magnesium appears to absorb the best because it’s been broken down into a small enough size to be absorbed at the cellular level.
Here’s how to find out more about magnesium:
1. Get more details about the various types of magnesium on my Resources page.
2. Review Module 14, Maximizing Magnesium from Future Health Now! I give step-by-step instructions, showing you how to determine how much and which types of magnesium you need. If you’re not a member consider joining.
3. Read my inexpensive eBook How to Change Your Life with Magnesium.
4. Pick up The Magnesium Miracle at amazon.com.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
RESOURCES: Along the borders and in the links of my web site you can find my books, writings, and my call-in radio show. Email your questions to: email@example.com.