Magnesium is excellent for constipation. In fact, magnesium has been used for a long, long time as a constipation aid. When I renovated this house, we took an old wooden shed off this property and found a whole heap of bottles underneath. These bottles were from about a hundred years ago. One bottle had an old faded milk of magnesia label on it.
Milk of magnesia, or magnesium sulfate, has been used for constipation for about one hundred and fifty to two hundred years. Heavy users of magnesium sulfate can develop a kidney problem, so you need to be careful not to overuse it. If you are going to use magnesium for constipation, you need to figure out the dose that works for you.
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Magnesium citrate is another form of magnesium that is very good for cleaning out the bowel. When you ingest magnesium citrate, it goes through the digestive tract and attracts water into the bowel via osmosis. As more water enters the bowel, the stool becomes looser, and it’s easier to pass it out. Often my clients will take 500 milligrams of magnesium citrate twice a day. Magnesium citrate isn’t quite as strong as magnesium sulfate.
Magnesium oxide is found in colon cleansing products. It oxygenates the bowel while attracting water. Magnesium oxide is a very useful product that I often recommend using for a bowel flush before starting a detox program. It doesn’t make sense to follow a detoxification protocol if you have constipation issues. Taking magnesium for seven to ten days will help you do a bowel purge before the detox.
I think magnesium is a fantastic supplement to have in your diet, even if you’re not constipated. Magnesium is a godsend for people who can’t sleep properly, are irritable, have fatigue, or struggle with blood sugar dysregulation. About 57% of your bones are magnesium. You need magnesium for the proper regulation of the heart, the muscles, and the nervous system. I particularly like magnesium as a supplement for people over the age of fifty. Take 500 milligrams before bedtime with a little bit of water and see how that goes. It should help you quite a lot.