4 Reasons Why Everyone Should Supplement With Magnesium

by lydia on February 18, 2016

Many years ago, as I was going through a very intense period of stress in my life, I began to research about health. One avenue I tapped into was through Ann Louise Gittleman, author of  ‘The Fat Flush‘. Years prior I had tried her protocol for a liver flush with great success. I began to listen to some of her talks, which led me to learn more about magnesium and how important it was.

At the time, my main reason for taking it was for better sleep. The stress I was under was not allowing me to sleep well and I was desperate. I purchased a basic magnesium supplement and what transpired was amazing. Not only did I begin to have amazing sleep, I relaxed more and no longer struggled with intense constipation. That alone was enough for me, but as I continued to take it, I began to realize I no longer got headaches or migraines or even pain in general. This miraculous recovery led me to further study on the power of magnesium and what I have learned is magnesium really is something everyone should supplement with. It’s unfortunate, however, there are too many factors in this day and age that contribute to the overall depletion of this essential mineral.

Hand drawing the symbol for the chemical element magnesium

I purchase a book titled, ‘The Magnesium Miracle‘ by Carolyn Dean and devoured it. Shortly after that, I stumbled upon many others in the health and wellness profession that were touting the benefits and crucial role magnesium plays. Calcium spent too many years in the spotlight when really magnesium should have been. In case you have not yet heard why magnesium is so important, let me review with you four of the top reasons.

1 – Deficient Soil

The depletion of our agriculture soils in the U.S. are likely the number one reason most Americans are magnesium-deficient. Just read this quote about what began happening to our soils after World War II:

‘When U.S. industrialism turned to agriculture after World War II, for example, it went at it with all that it had just learned on the battlefield, using tractors modeled on wartime tanks to cut up vast fields, crop dusters modeled on wartime planes to spray poisons, and pesticides and herbicides developed from wartime chemical weapons and defoliants to destroy unwanted species. It was war on the land, sweeping and sophisticated as modern mechanization can be, capable of depleting topsoil at the rate of 3 billion tons per year and water at the rate of 10 billion gallons a year. It could be no other way: If a nation like this beats its swords into plowshares, they will still be violent and deadly tools.’ – The Nation, June 5, 1995

No more worms breaking up the ground depositing castings that feed the soil and keep it loose. No more bacteria making it possible for plants to actually receive the nutrients in the ground to begin with. The majority of our crops are grown in this conventional way, as well as animals no longer grazing in natural habitats. Our food supply is depleted from the get go.

2 – Fluoridated Water

Fluoride actually binds with magnesium, making it unavailable to the body.  Most water systems are fluoridated. So if your water has fluoride in it, you may not be benefiting from the magnesium that is present in it. It is imperative to have water that DOES NOT have fluoride added. Not to mention that fluoride in your water could be making you sick and can also contribute to weight gain. Learn more about why you should be concerned about fluoridated water by clicking here.

3 – Inability to Absorb Minerals

A common malady today is stress. Stress leads to digestive issues due to the simple fact that your body is not able to produce sufficient stomach acid when it is in that state. Without proper stomach acid, nutrients do not absorb. So even if we are able to consume it, all the magnesium we ingest is likely indigestible. Magnesium has to get to the small intestine to then get carried off by the blood stream. So if we have insufficient acid in our stomachs, which is actually required to change minerals into an absorbable form, we won’t even have enough to pass through to the intestine.

I’ve written a lot along these lines and you can find out more in the following articles:

4 – Magnesium Blocked by Certain Foods & Drugs

If you follow my blog, you likely do not have these concerns, but a few foods that hinder magnesium absorption are:

  • Non-fermentable or insoluble fiber, such as whole grain, bran and seeds
  • High in phytates foods, such as whole flours and grains, bran, the hulls of seeds and nuts, and un-sprouted beans and soy
  • High in oxalates foods, such as spinach, kale, leafy greens, nuts, nut butters, caffeine, tea, coffee and cacao

There are also several prescription medications that can impair absorption or increase the need for even more magnesium. Now, I do not recommend removing any prescription you rely on solely from this information. That is always a discussion you should have with your doctor. However, when you begin making strides towards a healthier lifestyle and can finally determine which prescription to remove you will want to watch for painkillers, antibiotics, diuretics, cortisone, estrogen (usually in birth control or hormone replacement therapy), and asthma medications.

Here are a few of the areas of life you may be relying on prescriptions for:

  1. Anxiety and Depression
  2. Sleep/Relaxation
  3. Pain Management
  4. Brain Function
  5. Heart Function

Of course, when writing all of this information up and seeing all that I’ve written about magnesium in the past, it is clear that I could have written far more than four reasons to add this supplement. I just wanted to share four of the key reasons I’ve personally begun taking it and why I recommend it to so many of my clients.

Before you start supplementing with magnesium, there are a few key things you need to know. First, not everyone needs the same dose or form and it often can be best to get started using a transdermal form of magnesium. My favorite option is with a magnesium bath -learn how to take a magnesium bath (or foot bath) here.

Generally speaking the most tolerated forms of magnesium to start with would be magnesium glycinate or malate in a low dose anywhere from 300-500 mg for adults and 100-300 mg for kids. Keep in mind, most people may need more that those doses but it’s not a good idea to take too much without knowing more about your entire mineral pattern through a hair tissue mineral analysis. And not everyone will tolerate those forms I mentioned or may need different forms – it’s really all about bio-individuality. So, keep it safe and do not get carried away unless you work with a practitioner or do your research very thoroughly.

I really did want to keep this article brief, so please stay tuned for more facts and insights into why magnesium is such a crucial mineral supplement. If you want to learn more about magnesium and other minerals, please head over and join my Facebook group: Healing With Mineral Analysis.

Did this article open you up to the benefits of magnesium? Have you had your own health improvement experiences with this mineral? If so, please share in the comments area below!

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Rebecca February 18, 2016 at 9:13 am

There are many different forms of magnesium, and some are not bio available at all. I think that is important to mention in an article touting the benefits of this miracle mineral.

Some of the best forms are: Magnesium malate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium threonate, magnesium citrate.

Magnesium citrate will cause loose stools, (stool softener) if you take enough. The others really don’t affect it if you need to be on high doses but don’t want to have to run to the restroom while you are at work.

Some that probable won’t be doing much good in terms of increasing your intake include magnesium oxide (although it is a stool softener as well!) and magnesium sulfate (epsom salts — if you take it internally it is a stool softener but doesn’t help with increased absorption levels of this mineral).

Just some food for thought.

lydia February 23, 2016 at 6:43 am

Hi Rebecca,

Yep there is a lot more info. to consider when it comes to supplementing with magnesium. Thanks for your thoughts….

Rebecca February 18, 2016 at 9:14 am

Magnesium chloride is good to use to make magnesium oil spray…. but not for ingestion!!

lydia February 23, 2016 at 5:52 am

Yes – I recommend using magnesium chloride flakes all the time – my favorite way is in a bath or foot bath.

Carol February 18, 2016 at 9:11 pm

I am confused by this. Doctors such as Mercola state that cacao is high in magnesium, and David Wolfe says the same. This is an important question for me, as I consume a lot of cacao both in powder and in nib form. Thanks.

lydia March 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm

What is it that you are confused by Carol.

I highly doubt anyone will fill their entire magnesium needs from cacao alone – if you are hopeful that this will work for you be sure to get tested to make sure it’s working.

RBC magnesium – a simple blood test is the best way to assess tissue stores of magnesium.

Deb February 18, 2016 at 9:13 pm

What type of magnesium did you start taking ?


lydia February 23, 2016 at 5:51 am

At the time I simply used a chelated magnesium from my health food store.

Guest September 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm

I use Magnesium Oil Spray but I am unsure as to how many “pumps” of it I’m supposed to use.

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