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by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Where on my site do I say NOT to take magnesium for constipation??? I DO say that anyone with chronic constipation needs to be CAUTIOUS with taking magnesium because we eliminate magnesium through our bowels and not being able to move your bowels while taking large amounts of magnesium is a risk factor for Magnesium Overdose.

However, I do NOT say that you should NOT take magnesium for constipation. In any case, taking large doses of magnesium is not feasible to be doing for years and years for constipation. Constipation, while it can rarely be
'just' a magnesium deficiency problem, it's almost always a problem of poor diet: processed foods, gluten, not enough fat in your diet, not enough vegetables, etc.

To look to ONLY taking magnesium for constipation is wanting a 'magic bullet'. If you want to actually solve this problem once and for all, it's time to get some help for this problem. I'd suggest taking a look at the Chronic Constipation Help Program.

There's no magic bullet for this problem. While magnesium is a good temporary stop-gap measure, it's not a good permanent solution and your body is trying hard to tell you that you are very ill- and if you don't get this problem solved you are bound to have serious health problems in the future. Start listening to your body and solve the problem rather than just putting a band aid on it.

Kerri Knox RN

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
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