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'Timing' Minerals (sodium/calcium in the am, potassium/magnesium at night?)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I'm having trouble understanding the rationale behind why I'm taking my minerals as I do, and hoping someone can break this down for me so that I can better construct my schedules.

I currently take supplements of the 4 minerals in the title, and tend to 'stage' them in such a manner where I'll do things like waking up with some saltwater, take calcium after morning/lunch meals, and then later in the day I'll put potassium/magnesium salts in my last meal or two (or just take pill-forms of them after evening meals). I probably eat 4 or 5 'full' meals daily plus snacks (I train very intensely and need lots of food :) ) The logic is that calcium and sodium are 'tightening' / stimulating, for lack of anything more specific, minerals; potassium / magnesium are 'relaxing'.
Now, after reading more, it seems that, so long as I've been consuming sufficient / slight-excess of these minerals for long enough, that it's largely irrelevant when in the day I take them - ie, that the 'relaxing' qualities of magnesium are only 'relaxing' if you weren't getting enough (someone who's taken sufficient magnesium for months, and has zero deficit in magnesium, will not feel relaxation; only someone who kinda needed more magnesium intake will get such effects)

I'm here hoping more enlightened folk than I can explain the mechanisms behind these minerals to me, because I kinda just went off anecdotes (ie magnesium relaxes per se), and think that, if I've been consuming sufficient quantities for long enough, perhaps it's better to take them all uniformly, not staged? (things like 'convenience' aren't relevant here, it's no more/less convenient when I take these things, they're typically just added to foods in their salt forms and I have shakers pre-made w/ combos of these minerals. The calcium is only one that's not in my 'salts/spices' homemade blends :) )

(Forms I use: calcium carbonate, calcium citrate; sea salts, sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate; potassium gluconate, potassium chloride; magnesium sulfate/sulphate, magnesium citrate)

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on April 27, 2013
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If you put this for 90% of the answers here on paleohacks, it would probably be appropriate. Big +1

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on April 27, 2013
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In all seriousness, you're way overthinking this. You need all 4 electrolytes 24/7. Every time your heart beats, it uses calcium and magnesium. Sodium and potassium need to be kept in a pretty tight range for optimum hydration and cell signaling. The human body is good at getting rid of excess salts, unless you have kidney issues, so it probably doesn't make much of a difference when you take these. If I were you, I would take these electrolytes post-workout and not worry about anything else.

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on April 27, 2013
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'timing'-minerals-(sodium/calcium-in-the-am,-potassium/magnesium-at-night?)

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on April 27, 2013
at 07:43 PM

If you put this for 90% of the answers here on paleohacks, it would probably be appropriate. Big +1

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