Magnesium like so many minerals plays a vital role in our diets. A lack thereof on any diet can lead to problems, including constipation. On this episode of the LCHF podcast, Dr Ann Childers helps Memory with her problem, and looks at signs of magnesium deficiency.

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This is the LCHF podcast, I’m Brad Brown, we’ve got Dr Ann Childers with us once again. Doc, nice to catch up and a great question in from Memory today. Memory says she’s been following the Banting diet for six months now, she hasn’t had any problems with constipation up till now, but she’s struggling a bit.

She’s used a teaspoon of psyllium husk when she first started out and that seemed to do the trick, even two teaspoons is not working anymore. She says she’s actually even got some mild pain over her colon from time to time. Have you got any advice for Memory?

Ann Childers: Sometimes people, whether on a Banting diet or not, are magnesium deficient and magnesium is a really wonderful mineral that seems to be lacking in the diets of people who eat vegetation from poor top soils. So, I would say if she’s also having problems with, it’s called TMJ, where she’s grinding her teeth, she has frequent headaches or migraines, especially migraines. Migraineurs tend to be magnesium efficient.

Signs of magnesium deficiency

If she finds she has shoulder stiffness, that her gut doesn’t rumble, she doesn’t often hear that stomach growl that signals hunger and if she has, some people have cramps in their feet, these are all signs of magnesium deficiency. A person with magnesium deficiency may have one or more of these.

If I hear that someone has headaches, TMJ, muscle stiffness etc, then what I do is put them on magnesium and magnesium malate, magnesium citrate, both of these are good magnesiums. But they should be the kind that are not used to, as a laxative, they should be the kind that the body absorbs. That usually remedies the problem within days and I wish her well.

BB: Absolutely, it’s an uncomfortable problem to have, Memory, I hope that helps, best of luck and thanks for reaching out and asking your question here on the LCHF podcast. We’re back again in just a couple of days’ time. From myself Brad Brown and Dr Ann Childers, it’s cheers.

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This is the LCHF podcast, I’m Brad Brown, we’ve got Dr Ann Childers with us once again. Doc, nice to catch up and a great question in from Memory today. Memory says she’s been following the Banting diet for six months now, she hasn’t had any problems with constipation up till now, but she’s struggling a bit.

She’s used a teaspoon of psyllium husk when she first started out and that seemed to do the trick, even two teaspoons is not working anymore. She says she’s actually even got some mild pain over her colon from time to time. Have you got any advice for Memory?

Ann Childers: Sometimes people, whether on a Banting diet or not, are magnesium deficient and magnesium is a really wonderful mineral that seems to be lacking in the diets of people who eat vegetation from poor top soils. So, I would say if she’s also having problems with, it’s called TMJ, where she’s grinding her teeth, she has frequent headaches or migraines, especially migraines. Migraineurs tend to be magnesium efficient.

Signs of magnesium deficiency

If she finds she has shoulder stiffness, that her gut doesn’t rumble, she doesn’t often hear that stomach growl that signals hunger and if she has, some people have cramps in their feet, these are all signs of magnesium deficiency. A person with magnesium deficiency may have one or more of these.

If I hear that someone has headaches, TMJ, muscle stiffness etc, then what I do is put them on magnesium and magnesium malate, magnesium citrate, both of these are good magnesiums. But they should be the kind that are not used to, as a laxative, they should be the kind that the body absorbs. That usually remedies the problem within days and I wish her well.

BB: Absolutely, it’s an uncomfortable problem to have, Memory, I hope that helps, best of luck and thanks for reaching out and asking your question here on the LCHF podcast. We’re back again in just a couple of days’ time. From myself Brad Brown and Dr Ann Childers, it’s cheers.
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