If you have been dealing with terrible constipation for longer than you can remember, chances are you have already heard the same old tips of drinking more water, eating more fiber, eating prunes (on an empty stomach), and exercising regularly. While these are all great solutions to help with constipation, sometimes they just don’t do the job.

There is one more thing that you can start doing to battle constipation, which is to make sure you don’t have a magnesium deficiency. Studies show diets low in magnesium and not enough water intake contribute to constipation. Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. Anything that is tight, irritable, cramped, and stiff — whether it is a body part or an even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

Consider taking a magnesium-oxygen supplement, which may have these benefits:

  • Increased oxygenation in the body, which has a remarkable cleansing effect without being irritant.
  • Balanced pH in the body as it works to clean out old, acidic waste.
  • A break down, detoxification and elimination of impacted toxic waste material that has accumulated in the digestive tract.
  • Decreased bloating, gas and constipation.

The RDA (the minimum amount needed) for magnesium is about 300 mg a day, and most people only get 200 mg from their daily diet. Start by taking 300 milligrams of magnesium. If you notice a drastic change then lessen the amount a bit. Also, remember that taking iron and calcium supplements are constipating.

There are other causes for constipation like thyroid imbalances, so make sure to visit your doctor if none of the above solutions are fixing your constipation problems. Its also important to know that people with kidney disease or severe heart disease should take magnesium only under a doctor’s supervision.

 

Resources cited from Dr. Hyman and Kimberly Snyder C.N.