I wanted to share my story with you because, after talking with friends, I’ve learned that there is a very common female problem.
Men don’t seem to have the same issue. Sometimes they just have all the luck.
But there is a mineral which literally changed my life.
What I’m about to share with you is a little embarrassing.
My mom refers to it as going to do her morning ritual (she’s one of the lucky ones). I’ve even heard it referred to as going to the library.
If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m talking about going to the bathroom, specifically a bowel movement.
And recently, before a girls’ night out, we all met at a friend’s house for cocktails. The topic of conversation was “pooping’.
Almost everyone chimed in – it was crazy; I was shocked. The comedian in the group said she only has the urge when she goes to Wal-Mart. She wasn’t being funny although we all laughed.
The sad part is I could relate.
It wasn’t long after that conversation I experienced a terrible bout of constipation. I will spare you the details.
I finally had the nerve to mention it to my nurse practitioner friend (I hate to impose) and she said, “I bet you are low in magnesium.”
At this point I was ready and willing to try anything. Plus, I trust her so much.
And if you don’t have bathroom issues you may want to keep reading because magnesium has lots of other health benefits, perks I never knew until I started using and researching it.
You see, magnesium works with your cells to make energy and it’s found in all your tissues.
And most of us do not get enough in our diet.
But to add magnesium in your diet you need to eat dark leafy greens, mackerel, sea kelp, nuts, seeds, brown rice, garlic, parsley, avocado, dandelion greens, beans, wheat grass, wheat germ, tofu and buckwheat.
But, even if you can eat lots of the above you might still be low in magnesium. This is because when you add salt, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, sodas, chronic stress, diarrhea, antibiotics, and other drugs (check with your doctor) to the mix you deplete your supply. Plus our bodies don’t make magnesium.
If you have any of the following you may want to try supplementing with magnesium:
- Chronic fatigue
- Frequent constipation
- A sensitivity to loud noises
- Muscle cramps or twitches
- Migraines or headaches
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Irritable bladder
- High blood pressure
Low levels of magnesium have even been linked to inflammation and high CRP (C-Reactive Protein) levels.
It’s a cheap mineral and the rewards are great. I seldom miss a dose. And, if I do, I can feel the difference.
The most recommended absorbable forms of magnesium are: citrate, glycinate, or aspartate.
Most people need between 400-1000mg. Start slow and if you get diarrhea cut back.
You have to experiment, but you can find the right dose for you. It’s safe for almost everyone. But if you have heart or kidney disease, speak with your doctor before taking magnesium.
My worst time is when I travel so I will be making sure to pack extra on my upcoming trip.
To a younger more healthy you!
P.S. For the convenience of my readers, I’ve recently added a great magnesium product to my arsenal of supplements. Check it out here.