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I've been taking approx 1000mg of Magnesium at night for constipation and it works brilliantly. However (I won't bore you all with the reason I am asking!) I am wondering if I should also be taking Calcium too? I've been reading up on it but I'm finding it all a bit confusing, with some people saying some types of Magnesium aren't absorbed etc? Many thanks to anyone who can shed a bit of light for me!
The whole idea of using magnesium for constipation is to use the sort that isn't absorbed. That way it can get to the bowels and do it's work, drawing in water to make things move along. Magnesium citrate and oxide are the two usual sorts for that purpose.
Also, don't take calcium, it can do just the opposite and constipate you.
Thanks for that Nancy-that will do for me! I'm taking Magnesium Oxide and it's working well. My only worry is whether the body eventually gets used to it?
That I don't know.
Also, make sure you're getting enough salt in your diet. Phinney says that low sodium will also cause constipation. Your body can rob the intestines of the water they need. Read that thread in my signature about salt.
This is something I didn't realize until I read Phinney's book, and heard some podcasts.
Plan: IF Fung/LC Westman/Primal
Citrate form is not as commonly found in stores as oxide. Rather than search around town for it, easier to add a bottle of it, NOW is usually a good price, to my Amazon orders. I often use the supplements I would buy anyway to hit the $25 free shipping.