Magnesium, Constipation and Digestion

Magnesium deficiency is very common.

I told you yesterday that you can get a ton of magnesium from Brazil Nuts. The only problem is that you would have to eat way too many Brazil Nuts (and consequently fat and calories) to get the necessary amount.

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health.

While studying at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I learned from Paul Pitchford that, “No calcium goes into bones without magnesium.This is why people in China have much stronger bones than people in America: They get a lot more magnesium. They eat a lot less calcium. But the magnesium is key.

Magnesium is also key in relieving constipation. Back before I healed myself with food and lifestyle vs. drugs and medication, on my worst days, my GI would have me drink an entire bottle of Calcium Magnesium Citrate. It didn’t matter which kind or which brand, so he’d tell me to “go to Walgreens and get this one.” Yes, an entire bottle of that nastiness. {Bottle contains: Citric Acid , Flavors , Purified Water , Red 40 , Saccharin Sodium , Sodium Bicarbonate.}

These were for the most distended days. It was miserable, but it worked like a charm. At the time, I thought that was my cure.

I would never drink that now.

That said, magnesium is still critical for me…..and possibly for you as well.

Magnesium and constipation are directly related because the entire digestive tract is essentially one long muscle. When you supplement with magnesium, you increase water in your intestines which help initiate peristalsis (the wavelike motion which moves fecal matter through your intestines). Peristalsis also pushes food into your stomach.

Magnesium simply relaxes your muscles (remember from the Epsom Salt bath?).

I could go on and on and on about magnesium and how critical it is for the “constipated” gutsy girls.

If constipation is your issue, I’d highly recommend you think about supplementing with magnesium.

Be sure you are educated on it enough prior to taking. The NIH (National Institutes of Health) has a great resource on magnesium as it relates to: possible drug interactions, recommended amounts, deficiency symptoms, who might need more of the mineral, etc.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest


I currently supplement with a combination of things including: Designs for Health – C+Bio FizzTM and Thorne Research – Calcium-Magnesium Citrate Effervescent. Both of these can be found here.

Thoughts? Questions on magnesium as it relates to constipation or digestion?

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  1. says

    I suffer and have suffered from constipation for a VERY long time. Magnesium helped for awhile, but then I had a cecal volvulus, and my large intestine was taken out. People think since I don’t have a colon anymore that I must go like a rocket ship, LOL… But nope, the exact opposite and magnesium doesn’t work! :( My stomach issues are so odd that doctor’s don’t even know how to help me!

    • says

      So sorry to hear of your struggles, GiGi. As you know, there are MANY things that could be causing your continued issues. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you ever want to work with me. I live for helping gutsy women:)

  2. Hannah says

    I have really severe chronic constipation and taking a magnesium supplement in addition to prescription strength meds has been part of my daily routine for 3 years now. I’m up to 1,500 mg a day – a lot! – but it is so helpful (still have to use mag citrate sometimes…ugh!). I cannot stress enough how great it is – and it has a ton of other benefits, in terms of sleeping soundly, easing achy muscles, etc.

    Thanks for writing about it!

  3. says

    I always love a good constipation post. Thanks for the info! I will add it to the never-ending list of products to try to fix my problems. Currently trying acupuncture and Chinese herbal meds. Fingers crossed.. I do not want to remove my colon like the docs suggest.

    • says

      Ha! I love a good constipation post, too. Unfortunately it drove so much spam. Go figure! Absolutely give this a try. I’ll pray you do not have to have your colon removed. I’m so thankful I was able to reverse all my Colitis problems:)