Constipation is one of the most frequent gastrointestinal complaints in the US and Western countries. There are at least 2.5 million doctor visits for constipation in the US each year and hundreds of millions of dollars are spent for laxatives yearly. About 42 million people in the US, or 15% of the population suffer from constipation.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any great medications available for constipation, and they’re only just treating the symptom anyway. Constipation is a symptom of some underlying problem, such as leaky gut, an infection, thyroid problems, or food sensitivities.
As one who’s suffered from constipation, I know the extreme discomfort it causes, and you just want a quick fix. That’s when most people turn to laxatives. The problem with this solution is that they can be very damaging when used long-term. A few side effects when used long-term are dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, dependency, decreased bowel function.
Instead of resorting to these harsh medications, you can try supplementing with a natural mineral that many of us are deficient in.
Magnesium is absolutely critical to numerous body functions, and it’s estimated that over 68% of Americans are deficient in this mineral. It’s actually been considered the “master mineral” by many health practitioners. The problem is that magnesium is very difficult to obtain from food, so supplementation is often necessary.
Magnesium is responsible for carrying out over 300 biochemical reactions including protein synthesis, energy production, bone formation, cell creation, activation of B vitamins, and the function and relaxation of muscles.
Magnesium is great for reducing stress, relieving muscle tension and spasms, and it’s also wonderful for promoting bowel regularity. Magnesium can be very effective at reducing constipation without relying on harmful, potentially dangerous laxatives.
You can find magnesium supplements in several forms, but the best form to help with constipation is magnesium citrate. You can buy this in a capsule or you can choose a powder that you simply mix with water. A product called Natural Calm is a great option. You simply mix a couple of teaspoons with water and drink.
I recommend taking magnesium right before bed. It will not only help relieve your constipation, but it will help you relax and sleep.
You’ll likely have to use trial and error to find your ideal dose. The only side effect of taking too much magnesium is loose stools, which is good if you have constipation! Most people find their effective dose to be anywhere between 300-1000mg.
If you take too much and experience diarrhea, then just dose down the next time.
As discussed, this is a great supplement that will help your constipation and benefit your body in many other ways. However, it’s still critical that you work with a practitioner to uncover the root cause of your constipation.
Modifying your diet, reducing your stress, and testing for infections will likely be necessary. If you’re ready to work with someone one-on-one to help guide you along, then I would love to speak with you! Simply click here to schedule your 30-minute strategy session to see how I might be able to help.