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Created October 11, 2012 at 6:28 AM

I upped the level of magnesium in my diet (in supplements) to 1200 mg. a day. I also eat avocado. Upping the magnesium was recommended online for weight loss and muscle cramping. I also have bone spurs in my neck so take calcium with strontium to help rebuild bone strength. Whenever I eat out my weight goes up -- maybe salt content?

I keep fairly strict paleo -- very little dairy. Yogurt makes me gain weight. Very low carbs -- under 30 or less. Seem to be okay with a little cream in tea. Try to eat as little fruit as possible. Maybe a little berries and cream for dessert.

Have been paleo for one month. In the beginning I had tons of energy. Now I get very tired at times and have to lie down. Has anyone else had fatigue like this? What did you do? I try to eat protein and keep calories below 1200. (female, 5 "2, 127 lbs.) Thsnks for the help.

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on September 07, 2013
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Agreed - my doctor has me on 1000 mgs of mag per day and it makes me sleepy so I take it in the afternoon or early evening. If I take it in the morning I am super relaxed all day but get nothing done.

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on October 11, 2012
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ding ding ding! we have a winner!

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on October 11, 2012
at 08:38 PM

That's a lot of magnesium. Are you taking citrate? If I go above 800mgs a day I'm a poopin' beast. Not solid poop either...

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on October 11, 2012
at 07:40 AM

When I started Paleo I thought it was supposed to be very low carb and so I, like you, kept carbs to below 30 or so. And like you, began to feel a total lack of energy and zip. After reading more and more, I decided to see how I got on with carbs at around 100 / 150 and added back white potatoes or rice. Result - massive increase in energy and more weight loss. I'm now 142 pounds and far more energetic. For me, low carb just doesn't do it.

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on October 11, 2012
at 08:21 PM

I take natural calm at night, but can't use it every night because I get a cumulative effect. More than 3 nights in a row and I'm really sleepy during the day. Maybe try alternating nights??

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on October 11, 2012
at 07:13 AM

Calories below 1200 seems to be a more likely cause of tiredness than magnesium supplementation.

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on October 11, 2012
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ding ding ding! we have a winner!

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on October 11, 2012
at 07:07 AM

Magnesium is one of the vitamin supplements that help aid with sleep. Perhaps that is part of it? Also, are you consuming enough healthy fats and protiens in your diet to feed your body with your current activity level?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Agreed - my doctor has me on 1000 mgs of mag per day and it makes me sleepy so I take it in the afternoon or early evening. If I take it in the morning I am super relaxed all day but get nothing done.

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on October 11, 2012
at 07:15 AM

Eating out and weight gain is likely caused by omega-6 rich oils used in preparing food in restaurants.

Your lack of energy is due to a lack of calories - try upping the amount of fat you eat - coconut oil, olive oil, butter etc. Your numbers (height/weight) sound perfectly healthy, so try upping carb consumption as well - sweet potatoes, white potatoes, a little rice.

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on October 11, 2012
at 08:47 AM

That's a lot of magnesium imo,
you need to be careful that you do not end up with an electrolyte imbalance.

It may be worth checking your daily electrolyte intake using something like cronometer.com (if you haven't already).

I think getting the balance right is the key; magnesium/sodium/potassium (are the main ones to focus on i think).

& keep an eye out for any signs of excessive magnesium :

"The initial symptom of excess magnesium supplementation is diarrhea - a well-known side effect of magnesium that is used therapeutically as a laxative.

Individuals with impaired kidney function are at higher risk for adverse effects of magnesium supplementation, and symptoms of magnesium toxicity have occurred in people with impaired kidney function taking moderate doses of magnesium-containing laxatives or antacids.

Elevated serum levels of magnesium (hypermagnesemia) may result in a fall in blood pressure (hypotension).

Some of the later effects of magnesium toxicity, such as lethargy, confusion, disturbances in normal cardiac rhythm, and deterioration of kidney function, are related to severe hypotension."

To see if you have any symptoms of low blood pressure check here (postural hypotension) and here (hypotension)

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on October 11, 2012
at 07:43 AM

You may not be eating enough - are are you eating fats? You might also want to check out Paul Jaminet's 'perfect health diet' too, and in particular his writings on thyroid and carbs.

Matt Stone at 180 degree health is also food for though I reckon...

Good luck.

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on October 11, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I was recently dealing with the same thing. Was eating paleo for a few months and always had fantastic energy upon waking in the morning. Then, I started working out vigorously 3-5 times a week and taking magnesium citrate (a "normal" dose of 400mg/day).

Thing is, I'd take it in the morning before heading to work, and it made me sluggish in the AM. Not a great feeling. Did some reading here on PH and elsewhere, decided to try taking it within an hour or so of heading to bed at night. Makes a difference; give it a try. I'd also say that you might want to increase calories a bit-- 1400-1500 daily, at least, with plenty of fats.

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on October 11, 2012
at 07:23 AM

Try introducing coconut fats in your diet, they are very easily utilized, by your body, as an energy source.

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