Magnesium supplementation with chronic IBS

I would like to start supplementing with magnesium (I have general muscle weakness and anxiety, and occasional palpitations, so I think it is worth a shot).

The problem with me determining the correct dose per day is that I have loose stools most days at present (going through a period of a lot of stress)...and as you said, one indication of when you're getting enough magnesium is when stools become loose.

Jigsaw Health - Sh!t You Not - $10 off

So, can I still supplement safely even if there is no indication of the correct amount via bowel movements? And up to how much?



Comments for Magnesium supplementation with chronic IBS

Click here to add your own comments

You can also determine if your symptoms go away...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Sal,

Getting loose stools is really just telling you that you have reached your 'oral tolerance' limit. The better way to know if you have enough magnesium is if your symptoms go away.

So, if your Signs of Magnesium Deficiency go away at a low dose, then you don't need to take more.

But it sounds like you probably need a fairly high dosage because of your symptoms. And if you have had loose stools for a while, you may be lower in magnesium because loose stools will decrease your magnesium.

So, you could start with a low dose orally and do Transdermal Magnesium Gel and/or Magnesium Bath Flakes along with your oral magnesium.

Also, an oral formulation called 'Angstrom' Magnesium tends to have MUCH less of a negative effect on the digestive tract.

It's REALLY REALLY hard to take too much magnesium, so I recommend that people are simply AWARE of (and not WORRIED about!) the symptoms of Magnesium Overdose and stop if you notice any of these symptoms.

Also, with your symptoms, you should INSIST that your doctor check your Vitamin D Level. Muscle weakness is one of the MAJOR signs of vitamin d deficiency- and if you have ANY chronic health problem, that could be a result of vitamin d deficiency.

Plus, if you haven't looked into it already, most people with IBS have some degree of Gluten Sensitivity and can very often benefit from a Gluten Intolerance Diet.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any problems.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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


PS: If you found this website helpful, please consider using the
Easy Immune Health Product Store the next time you purchase your supplements online. Your support allows me to keep this site running and educating as many people as possible. Thank you!

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Question about Magnesium.

Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.


Search this Site
Custom Search


Vitamin D Fact Sheet
Free Vitamin D Fact Sheet by Getting
My Newsletter