Don’t get me started on the topic of everything that is wrong with our food supply nowadays – we’ll save that for another post. 😉
One super important mineral that our food is deficient in is Magnesium. According to WebMD,
“Magnesium is a mineral that’s crucial to the body’s function. Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady. Experts say that many people in the U.S. aren’t eating enough foods with magnesium.
It’s not all on us that we’re not getting enough of it. Our soil is deficient in it thanks to modern farming practices. Also, magnesium is highly lost in the processing of food. Stress is another magnesium depleter!
To continue the WebMD quote:
Adults who consume less than the recommended amount of magnesium are more likely to have elevated inflammation markers. Inflammation, in turn, has been associated with major health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.”
Sounds important to me! I learned all this after I had started upping my magnesium for another reason: to become more regular, if you know what I mean. Wink. My digestive system has always been on the slow side, it’s something I struggled a lot with growing up, and I’m always looking for natural, healthy ways to support it – and encourage it to move at a quicker pace!
So, yes: Magnesium can make you poop.
To be honest, I’m not totally sure WHY. I’ve read that magnesium helps to relax the muscles of the intestines and also that it attracts water, which we know is good for the “elimination process” – whatever the reasons, it works and my body thanks me for it.
Oh and supposedly it’s good to protect against hair loss. Wish I would’ve put it to the test a year ago when I swore I was going bald post-delivery.
So how can you increase your magnesium intake?
You can eat more of these foods (especially if they’re organic): Dark, leafy greans, beans, almonds, some seeds, bran, salmon, avocado, and my fave – dark chocolate.
I take 2 capsules of Metagenics Mag Glycinate (highly absorbable) each night, right before bed. Taking it at bedtime is recommended, and it might even help you sleep!
Comment below if you have any daily (or nightly) cleansing rituals!