The question is, is magnesium any good for leaky gut? Well, it’s probably good for just about everything but leaky gut. But what I like about magnesium so much, when you take it regularly, it has such profound effect on your body, on all the cells of your body, that you’ll certainly notice it. Most people notice magnesium supplementation within about a week.
So before I get bombarded with millions of emails, what type of magnesium? What form of magnesium? How many do I take? Pills or powders or liquids? This is something that you can discuss with your health food shop or naturopath. There’s about 30 types of magnesium out there. I could rattle off 15 of them just off the top of my head, but there’s way more than that.
So the basic magnesium that you might want to try is magnesium citrate, or citrate, or magnesium glycinate, G-L-Y-C-I-N-A-T-E. That’s a basic magnesium. But there are many other forms, and some have specific purposes in the body. They’re taken with calcium, for example, or other minerals. Others form part of a multi formula, but I prefer just to take magnesium on its own quite often.
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Now, if you drink coffee or tea or alcohol, magnesium’s a must. What I like about it, it has an effect on relaxing many parts of the body. It induces a good sleep. It also gives you good stamina. It’s fantastic for heart and cardiac muscle. But for many other reasons it works. There are over 300 different applications for magnesium inside your body from a biochemical perspective, so it’s impossible to say, “Yes, it will work for leaky gut,” or “No,” but likely it won’t have a direct affect on it.
Motility in the stool is affected by magnesium. We know if you take too much, you can get diarrhea, so you need to be careful with that. And if your diet is full of green leafy vegetables, there is not that much need for magnesium in your diet, but you’ll still find it useful if you’re stressful. And that’s what I like about it, is it works on anxiety and stress, and when we can mitigate that and help that, you’ll often find that will improve the leaky gut by default, because it’ll also improve your dietary choices, which will start changing the way you eat when you relax more.
When you sleep better, you’ll focus more, and also you’ll find it easier to say no to certain types of foods and things which rob the body of magnesium, like coffee, tea, and alcohol, which are typically consumed too much with a stressful lifestyle. So does it work for leaky gut? Not directly. Probably indirectly, but it’s a great one to take.