People keep asking me how much magnesium they should take. So, it’s high time I wrote a general statement on the topic. But you may not like what I have to say.
The answer is to become “body sensitive” so you don’t have to depend on someone else to be your body monitor and so you don’t have to take a standard amount that may not be what you really need. (The “standard” amount is 400 mg of elemental magnesium per day. But I personally know I need about 1,000 mg per day.)
Most people deny the sensations and feelings from their bodies until they are in so much pain or discomfort that they feel they have to go to a “so-called” professional to be told what to do. Trouble is, most health practitioners these days just give you a prescription for drugs or a truckload of supplements that don’t help…or even hurt.
I had one client who took 80 supplements a day…and there wasn’t much wrong with him in the first place. His doctor just played on his fears because he knew he could afford all those high priced pills.
Since I believe that magnesium deficiency is the basis of most chronic disease (and I can prove it), I’m saying to begin your health program with a good diet, a good attitude, good sleep and magnesium.
How do you know how much magnesium to take? Go to my blog, Gauging Magnesium Deficiency for a list of symptoms/conditions related to magnesium deficiency. Do this right. Print them up, check off what applies to you. You can even place a numerical value by each one (from 1-10). Then as you take your magnesium, and change your lifestyle, see what disappears. This means becoming aware of your body and what it’s trying to tell you. Nobody else can do that for you.
My magnesium deficiency symptoms are heart palpitations, charley horses, and muscle twitching. They disappear completely when I take “enough” magnesium. How do I know I have enough? My symptoms start to come back when I forget to take my magnesium or I have extra stress that drains my magnesium. However, as you replete your body stores of magnesium, you will need less as time goes on.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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