Why Magnesium is Important for Sleep and Gut issues

If you have a magnesium deficiency, introducing magnesium into your supplement regimen can make such a difference to your gut that supports brain and blood functioning.  Magnesium Citrate is a mineral supplement used to prevent and treat low amounts of magnesium in the blood. Today we know almost everyone can be deficient.

7 Signs and Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

  • Magnesium deficiency, also known as hypomagnesemia, is an often overlooked health problem.
  • Muscle Twitches and Cramps.
  • Mental Disorders.
  • Fatigue and Muscle Weakness.
  • High Blood Pressure.Irregular Heartbeat.

What the regular use of Magnesium can help with:

  • Calms nervousness and anxiety in the gut
  • Help the heart muscle palpitations
  • Reduces stress headaches
  • Assists in the reduction of high blood pressure
  • Calms the mind
  • Helps with muscle cramps at night and during the day
  • Decreases cravings
  • Balances blood sugar levels

Reduced magnesium in the body has been linked to insulin resistance that could lead to weight gain.  People with fatty liver disease are at high risk of magnesium deficiency. Meanwhile, low magnesium status is linked to both chronic inflammation and insulin resistance.

  • Supports constipation

Magnesium citrate is a saline laxative that is thought to work by increasing fluid in the small intestine.  It should produce a bowel movement within 30 minutes to 6 hours after you take the supplement.

  • Aids sleep

Better sleep. Insomnia is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. People with low magnesium often experience restless sleep, waking frequently during the night. Research indicates supplemental magnesium can improve sleep quality, especially in people with poor sleep.

Daily Supplementation:

If you are taking magnesium citrate powder as a supplement, how much you should take depends on your age and sex:


Men ages 19 to 30 should take 400 milligrams (mg) a day,

Men over age 30 should take 420 mg.

Women up to 50 years of age should take 310 mg a day.


This is how you take Magnesium Citrate powder:

Starting with one teaspoon in water will give you 400mg.  But you need to build up to the dosage YOU need – from 200-800mg until you develop loose stools (called bowel tolerance levels) and then you cut back slightly.  That will be the dose you need.  You keep increasing the dosage till you reach bowel tolerance level and your symptoms disappear.  Some people have much higher needs than others.

Different Magnesium supplements offer different outcomes; I have found the magnesium citrate is the best for most clients.

Here is a list of other Magnesium’s in the market:

  • Magnesium citrate. Easily absorbed by the body and also used to treat constipation.
  • Magnesium glycinate. Often used to reduce muscle pain.
  • Magnesium oxide. Commonly used to treat migraines and constipation it is poorly absorbed, and hence likely to cause diarrhea.
  • Magnesium chloride. ...
  • Magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt).
  • Magnesium lactate.

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