Magnesium: A Nourishing Alternative to Laxatives
By Andrea Bartels CNP NNCP RNT
Chronically constipated individuals have been led to believe that their only choice in prevention and relief is a fibre supplement---one that can potentially lead to more trouble if an inadequate volume of water is consumed. Alternatively, the use of inferior magnesium products as laxatives can lead to sudden and urgent bathroom trips that interrupt your work day. There’s a better way.
Constipation is the infrequent or incomplete evacuation of stool, “infrequent” meaning less than once per day. You feel bloated, heavy, lethargic, irritable and plugged up. Straining to have a bowel movement with the result being rabbit pellets, a hard, dark sinker, or often, nothing to show for your efforts--- is no one’s idea of time well spent!
Not only is constipation discomforting---it can also contribute to weight gain, lack of appetite, GERD, high cholesterol, general malaise, hemorrhoids and loss of productivity, to name a few.
From my observations in clients within my nutritional consulting practice, the biggest contributors to constipation are:
- Inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption
- Low fluid intake
- Medications like morphine and codeine
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Suppressing ‘the urge’
- Use of antacids and acid-reducing drugs
- Low dietary magnesium intake
Magnesium: the Nutritious Antidote for Constipation
Magnesium is an essential mineral critical for our muscle and nerve functions. Whereas calcium contracts, magnesium relaxes. Regardless of which of the above factors is contributing to your constipation, a highly absorbable form of this mineral can be a very effective way to get a tight bowel to relax and re-establish your regularity.
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