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Magnesium - Not "moving things along"

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2013 at 2:46 AM

It was recommended to me to try magnesium citrate for a number of reasons :

constipation from diet changes restless legs and painful leg cramps at night difficulty falling asleep/sleeping soundly

The second 2 have been remedied since adding magnesium citrate, but I have yet to experience this moving of the bowels that everyone talks about when you hit your tolerance level.

I take 300mg in the morning, another 300mg around midday and another 300mg around dinner. Then before bed I take 450-600mg. Still nada.

What is up?

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on July 17, 2013
at 01:17 AM

Is this why I see huge tubs of beef bile in the asian supermarkets???

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on July 16, 2013
at 08:06 PM

I'm with daz on trying the other types. Mag Cit is GREAT for many things and it absolutely can help move things along but if you're having really bad issues, you need more than Mag Cit is going to give you. I can simply double my dose if I am a little constipated and it helps (don't expect a stimulate-style 'movement,' it'll be gentler, simply more water in the stool, loosening it). However, I got seriously constipated on hols and even tripling my usual dose didn't help. I ended up making the most of what was on hand: a bunch of pineapple, watermelon and cherries (fresh). That helped!

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on March 07, 2013
at 06:10 PM

Just google "candida diet" and the first link to come up will provide you with a plethora of info on the issue. You can check up on symptoms and see if this might be a problem for you, as it's believed that almost everyone has a candida issue to some degree. Hope that helps!

15dfddb2195385569014b970890b12ad

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on March 07, 2013
at 01:35 AM

How does one know if candida is overgrown in the digestive system??

15dfddb2195385569014b970890b12ad

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on March 07, 2013
at 01:34 AM

Well that IS a high dose. I'm actually going to deviate for a few days and try eating watery fruit blended with greens, and other raw style fresh clean things - I feel very stagnant, as though my body isn't dealing with the high levels of fat and animal protein very well ... the magnesium has been AMAZING for sleep and relaxation and the cramps are gone (but that was only from VLC and I'm not VLC anymore)... Thank You for the suggestions on other forms to try I might do that too. I just feel like I need a break from all the heavy food

15dfddb2195385569014b970890b12ad

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on March 06, 2013
at 03:01 AM

Well that's not good. I was under the impression I was to keep upping the dose until I reached bowel tolerance, as is done with Vitamin C.

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:58 AM

You're into toxic levels there, you might want to back off.

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:54 AM

Try raw beets every day. That will make you moving!

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on March 06, 2013
at 04:09 AM

A 'laxative' dose (one off type dose) of magnesium citrate is quite high,
according to wiki that could be,
"17.45 g of magnesium citrate in a single 10 oz dose resulting in a consumption of approximately 2.0 g of elemental magnesium per single dose" Source

Other forms of magnesium may be better options if you want to try using the laxative effects of magnesium, like magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia, cream of magnesia) or magnesium sulfate (epsom salts).

Magnesium sulfate also seems to work as a cathartic (accelerates defecation) as well as a laxative (eases defecation).

15dfddb2195385569014b970890b12ad

(120)

on March 07, 2013
at 01:34 AM

Well that IS a high dose. I'm actually going to deviate for a few days and try eating watery fruit blended with greens, and other raw style fresh clean things - I feel very stagnant, as though my body isn't dealing with the high levels of fat and animal protein very well ... the magnesium has been AMAZING for sleep and relaxation and the cramps are gone (but that was only from VLC and I'm not VLC anymore)... Thank You for the suggestions on other forms to try I might do that too. I just feel like I need a break from all the heavy food

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

(704)

on July 16, 2013
at 08:06 PM

I'm with daz on trying the other types. Mag Cit is GREAT for many things and it absolutely can help move things along but if you're having really bad issues, you need more than Mag Cit is going to give you. I can simply double my dose if I am a little constipated and it helps (don't expect a stimulate-style 'movement,' it'll be gentler, simply more water in the stool, loosening it). However, I got seriously constipated on hols and even tripling my usual dose didn't help. I ended up making the most of what was on hand: a bunch of pineapple, watermelon and cherries (fresh). That helped!

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on July 17, 2013
at 03:08 PM

you could just try taking some psyllium seed into your diet. it tastes kind of gross because the way I take it is mixed with water, but it really works, plus psyllium seed is really good for you!

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on July 16, 2013
at 07:27 PM

Try OxBile. Makes #2's awesome!! I only take one 500mg with breakfast daily.

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on July 17, 2013
at 01:17 AM

Is this why I see huge tubs of beef bile in the asian supermarkets???

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0859683443aff4a9d341606dbd326d32

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on March 06, 2013
at 04:19 AM

You may have an issue with candida overgrowth in your digestive system. When I started a candida cleanse I was soooo backed up, but once I started taking magnesium it helped a lot. Then when I overcame the candida issue, I could function normally without the magnesium. Maybe look into dealing with candida and that may hopefully help!

15dfddb2195385569014b970890b12ad

(120)

on March 07, 2013
at 01:35 AM

How does one know if candida is overgrown in the digestive system??

0859683443aff4a9d341606dbd326d32

(137)

on March 07, 2013
at 06:10 PM

Just google "candida diet" and the first link to come up will provide you with a plethora of info on the issue. You can check up on symptoms and see if this might be a problem for you, as it's believed that almost everyone has a candida issue to some degree. Hope that helps!

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