When taking a magnesium supplement, the main objective & focus is to optimize magnesium absorption. However, there are a plethora of factors to take into consideration: from stress levels and lifestyle choices to dosaging schedules and gut functioning – each factor exerts a tremendous influence on body’s ability to effectively absorb magnesium and fully utilize the associated benefits thereof.
Listed below are factors directly affecting magnesium’s absorption:
- Stress: Both mental and physical stress generate large levels of adrenaline, which increases heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle contraction – and in turn require large levels of magnesium to counter these taxing effects. Without a consistent supply of magnesium to the central nervous system, the body will be unable to counteract the effects of adrenal exhaustion.
- Caffeine: When consumed in moderation, caffeine can provide an energy boost. However, caffeine can also act a diuretic and flushes both magnesium and calcium from the body.
- Alcohol: Alcohol is a notorious magnesium depleter. Studies have shown that the kidney excretes 260% more magnesium within minutes of drinking of alcohol.
- Medications: Listed below are specific categories that are well-known depleters of the body’s magnesium levels:
- Acid Blockers
- Antiviral Medication
- Blood-Pressure Medication
- Central Nervous Stimulants
- Sugar: The amount of magnesium needed to modulate sugar within our bodies is staggering: for every one molecule of sugar ingested, it takes 54 molecules of magnesium to process.
- Gut Functioning: Magnesium absorption is dependent on proper gut functioning. Inflammation caused through various disorders will severely impair the manner in which magnesium can be utilized throughout the body. Below is a list of these maladies:
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Celiac Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Candida Albicans Overgrowth
- Dosage Schedule: Magnesium should be consumed in divided doses, in between meals.
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