According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, about 42 million Americans are ‘persistently stopped up.’
But I don’t want you to be one of these statistics.
I want you to have vibrant health, which means having regular and complete bowel movements! If you have been struggling to have complete bowel movements and you’re looking for a natural remedy to constipation, then keep reading on!
A Natural Remedy for Constipation: Magnesium
What I love so much about Natural Calm is the ease of adding it into your lifestyle! In order to prepare your powdered magnesium, all you’ll need to do is warm up 8 – 12 ounces of water and add 1 teaspoon (tsp) of the magnesium powder! After you do that, you’re ready to drink and enjoy!
WHY is Magnesium A Natural Constipation Remedy?
There are many reasons why magnesium is a vitally-important mineral for our bodies; One of these reasons is that magnesium is intimately involved in the proper function of our muscles.
“But what does this have to do with constipation?” you might ask! And I’ll be the first to admit that this is a great question.
The answer lies in the fact that the colon, or “bowel,” is made up of muscles. And the muscle that is our colon must be working properly in order for our digestion to be working properly. In order to get our muscles, which includes our colon, working properly, we need two primary minerals. The first mineral is calcium, which causes our muscles to contract. The second mineral is magnesium, which allows our muscles to relax after they’ve contracted.
It’s the contracting and relaxing together that causes our muscles to work properly. When we only have calcium and we’re deficient in magnesium, our muscles tend to get stiff and in terms of our colon, we experience constipation.
Editor’s Note: Because magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer, you’ll want to be careful not to consume too much at one time. Consuming too much at one time will not hurt you; however, the magnesium will be flushed out through your bowel. This means you will end up with very loose stool, and just like constipation, loose stool is also something we’d like to prevent!
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For decades it has been known how incredibly important minerals are for our health, and for several reasons. Magnesium is one of these very important minerals. Below are 2 more reasons why magnesium is a very important element to your vibrant health.
2 More Reasons Why Your Body Needs Magnesium
1. Magnesium is extremely important for many of the body’s vital organs, including the heart and brain.
The human body needs a high concentration of magnesium in order to function properly; A human cell should have 100,000 times more magnesium than it does calcium. However, the heart uses the highest concentration of magnesium (specifically the left ventricle of the heart), followed by the brain. These two vital organs use the largest amount of magnesium of all the organs throughout the body. It has been discovered that a lack of magnesium can contribute to calcification of the arteries, heart disease and stroke as well as depression, anxiety and panic attacks.
Magnesium regulates how much of these primary minerals we have in each of our cells. When a cell needs more potassium, for example, magnesium will allow more potassium to flow into our cells. When there is an excess of potassium, magnesium will force some out. Without magnesium, our cells do not have the proper amount of each of these minerals, and therefore, cannot function properly.
Magnesium is a mineral that is vitally important for our health. Taking a magnesium supplement should be your first step towards fighting off constipation, PLUS “health-proofing” your home and your life!
“Our physical wellbeing is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.” – U.S. Senate document number 264, presented in 1936
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