How to Increase Magnesium in Your System
If we find nerve damage in our office visit with you and you’re in pain, or if you find yourself chronically in pain for other causes, you may be magnesium deficient. Following this daily program can help push you in the direction of healing much quicker.
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Research shows that about 50% of all Americans are magnesium deficient, with some studies claiming as much as 80%.
Magnesium is very critical to your body’s systems. This vital mineral is used in over 400 different pathways and reactions in your body. Low magnesium levels can also make your vitamin D less efficient in your body, which will affect your immune system and pain management. It can also elevate protein in the blood, causing chronic inflammation.
The list of symptoms of magnesium deficiency is quite long, and can include any of the following:
- Headaches and migraines
- Sleep problems and disorders
- Increased irritability
- Muscle pain in various regions around your body
- Neck and lower back pain
- Tension in shoulders
- Heart problems
- Racing heart
- Menstrual problems
- Hot or cold fingers or extremities
If you’re suffering from several of these issues, then it would be worth your time to try and follow the steps below.
The At-Home IV Magnesium Drip
The first thing you will need to do is buy a large water bottle, about 64oz. Stainless steel water bottles work best because they last a long time.
Next, purchase powdered magnesium. There are a wide variety available online.
I call this an “IV drip” because you will put this powder into your water bottle and sip on it throughout the day.
Start with one scoop of the magnesium powder in your water bottle, and sip on it the entire day.
This will also help with general hydration.
You may need to drink anywhere from two to three of these bottles per day. A good rule of thumb is take your weight and divide by two. That number is how many ounces you should drink a day. For example, a 200-lb person would need to drink 100oz of this water per day.
The next day, take two scoops the water, and again sip this through the entire day.
Each day, add another scoop of magnesium until you reach bowel tolerance.
This may be split through the day. For example, taking five scoops a day can be split into two water bottles, one with two scoops of magnesium, and another bottle with three scoops.
Once you get to the point where you start getting loose stools, go down to the previous number of scoops, and use this as your maintenance dose.
For example, if you take two scoops in the morning and three in the afternoon (five total scoops a day), and you get loose stools, reduce to four scoops a day (two morning, two afternoon).
The key to this protocol is sipping throughout the entire day, similar to an IV drip. Taking a supplement or pill once in the morning results in a lot of magnesium in your system for that short period of time.
In contrast, sipping it throughout the entire day provides a constant amount throughout the entire day, as if you had an IV drip going. The result is you bathing those 400 pathways and reactions in enough magnesium to properly function, and help push you towards healing.