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How to Avoid Diarrhea With Magnesium

By    |   Thursday, 19 May 2016 05:59 PM

Magnesium is an essential mineral for the organs of the body, but diarrhea and upset stomach are common side effects of magnesium for some people. Taking the proper amount of helps avoid these symptoms.

Certain health conditions may lead to magnesium deficiencies, but the mineral is plentiful in such foods as whole grains, green vegetables, and nuts. Other sources include tofu, legumes, and soybean flour.

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Although it’s rare to overdose on magnesium through foods, ingesting an excess amount of it may result in diarrhea. Too much magnesium often comes from taking large amounts of antacids or supplements.

Medications with magnesium also could lead to an overdose, so consulting with a doctor when taking additional magnesium could help avoid side effects such as diarrhea.

According to Livestrong, proper dosage of magnesium is 420 mg daily for men over age 30, and 320 for women. Men under 30 require 400 mg while women the same age need 310 mg a day.

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Dr. Carolyn Dean, a medical doctor and nutritionist, advises taking three small doses of magnesium a day, instead of ingesting it at one time, to avoid diarrhea. Also, taking magnesium with high-fiber meals slows down digestion for better absorption. However, people who continue to have diarrhea should take magnesium on an empty stomach.

She also recommends trying different types of magnesium to see what works best for your system.

Magnesium promotes digestion and bowel function, so it is easy to understand why too much can cause cramping and diarrhea, explains Dr. Deborah Gordon. Having loose bowels could be a sign that your magnesium intake is too high and indicates magnesium is not being absorbed properly. Improper digestion of the mineral also means not getting the full health benefits of magnesium. She recommends doses of between 3 and 10 mg per pound of your body weight.

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