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Magnesium diarrhea problem

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 10, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Ive had chronically tight muscles for years. Since going paleo, I've been taking 4-600mg Albion chelated mag glycinate. 600mg makes things a bit "loose", and occasionally all goes runny. 400mg seems to be tolerable. But, I'm not sure this is enough.

If anything else is casing bowel trouble, mag REALLY causes diarrhea. For the last few months I've added 400mg calcium glycinate by the same maker.

Does the calcium interfere with absorption and uptake of the mag? Could that cause more diarrhea? I've tried taking mag with meals, on an empty stomach in the morning while IF'ing, and at bedtime. Does one or the other increase diarrhea?

It's gotten bad lately. I was on a 2 day mountain climbing trip, and I decided not to take any the first day. My muscles were NOTICEABLY more fatigued and sore that day, and I felt my body ache at night. The second day I spread out 400mg mag and cal each, and I was far less sore and fatigued. The stuff matters!

Any help?

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on September 11, 2012
at 01:59 AM

I've taken ZMA in the past. It's recommended before bed on a empty stomache. The few times I took it an hour or 2 after dinner I would wake up in the middle of the night with the Hershey squirts.

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(2417)

on September 10, 2012
at 09:58 PM

Maybe I should just not bother with the calcium. My goals are harder muscle contractions and better relaxations. I do very long, strenuous mountain hikes/climbing.

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(2417)

on September 10, 2012
at 09:56 PM

Well my bottle of cal also has mag 200mg/100mg. I also have mag by itself. Whats the effect/difference between taking mag on an empty stomach vs with food?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on September 10, 2012
at 11:36 AM

Try getting it transdermally, as AA suggests. I really like magnesium oil. I do the baths as well. I've read that cal and mag should NOT be taken together as the absorption of calcium blocks mag absorption (which woould explain increasing the loose stool effect). I can't say if that is really true or just a paleo rumor. Try taking calcium in the morning and magnesium at night - which is what is usually recommended.

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C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on September 10, 2012
at 09:22 AM

Magnesium can be used as a laxative because it does soften stoles.

Magnesium oil or Epsom salt baths might help.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on September 11, 2012
at 01:59 AM

I've taken ZMA in the past. It's recommended before bed on a empty stomache. The few times I took it an hour or 2 after dinner I would wake up in the middle of the night with the Hershey squirts.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on September 10, 2012
at 11:36 AM

Try getting it transdermally, as AA suggests. I really like magnesium oil. I do the baths as well. I've read that cal and mag should NOT be taken together as the absorption of calcium blocks mag absorption (which woould explain increasing the loose stool effect). I can't say if that is really true or just a paleo rumor. Try taking calcium in the morning and magnesium at night - which is what is usually recommended.

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(2417)

on September 10, 2012
at 09:56 PM

Well my bottle of cal also has mag 200mg/100mg. I also have mag by itself. Whats the effect/difference between taking mag on an empty stomach vs with food?

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on September 10, 2012
at 12:22 PM

Calcium is binding, so you should maybe up the ratio of cal to mag. And it also makes me too loose if taken orally, so epsom salt baths are a good solution.

Medium avatar

(2417)

on September 10, 2012
at 09:58 PM

Maybe I should just not bother with the calcium. My goals are harder muscle contractions and better relaxations. I do very long, strenuous mountain hikes/climbing.

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