I have read that Magnesium can act as a powerful laxative. Although I eat clean Paleo and have been for over four months now (no cheats, eggs, dairy, nightshades etc), I currently am suffering with stress related IBS which is getting worse and worse. I am also as a side effect of this IBS suffering bad cortisol issues that are causing me to be 'tired and wired' before I get to sleep.
If I don't supplement with Magnesium Citrate I find it almost impossible to sleep and when I do finally hit the deck it is bad quality sleep anyway. If I DO supplement Magnesium Citrate, I wake up in the morning with terrible diarrhea. I suffer from this frequently anyway due to the IBS, however it does seem to make it worse.
Would I be doing more damage loosing out on sleep and dealing with gut issues which don't seem to be resolving themselves anyway or get more sleep and 'damage my insides further'. Would I be right in assuming that getting less sleep would spurr on the IBS to worsen anyway. - catch 22, what to do!?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks
asked byKate_13 (33)
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on April 28, 2012
at 10:53 AM
This is an easy problem to solve! Magnesium citrate is a laxative. Try using one of the other magnesium chelates, e.g.
- Magnesium malate
- Magnesium glycinate
- Magnesium aspartate
- Magnesium orotate
- Magnesium threonate
None of them have the laxative effect that citrate does. I like malate because it's cheap and easily available, but YMMV.
(The Quilt explained to me why you might want one vs. the other...apparently it has to do with which tissues tend to use the other half of the compound. Malic acid, for instance, is used just about everywhere in the body. Glycine tends to get taken up by the intestine. He likes threonine for brain issues. And so on.)