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Magnesium is by far my favorite mineral! Keep reading to see why!
In my health coaching practice, I focus on nutrients that are both foundational and critical for our health. Nutrients that are so important that it’s not worth risking having insufficient amounts in our diet and/or nutrients that have been depleted in our soils and are no longer available in sufficient quantities in our food to keep us healthy and strong.
Magnesium is one of those foundational and critical nutrients. Unfortunately, many of our soils are severely deficient in magnesium. That combined with our bodies greater needs for magnesium because it gets used up quickly dealing with environmental toxins and medications. This creates a situation for which I believe all of us should supplement magnesium. In my experience it’s not a matter of should you take it or not, it’s taking the time and practising good observation to see how much is optimal for your body.
The Many Benefits of Magnesium
Here is a long and yet still incomplete list of things that magnesium can help with:
- Tight and sore muscles
- Slow recovery after exercise
- Heart arrhythmia
- Calcification of coronary arteries
- High blood pressure
- Headaches including migraines
- Adrenal insufficiency
- Head injury
- Brain surgery
- Syndrome X
- Cerebral palsy
- Kidney stones
- Kidney disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Environmental illness
- Cystic fibrosis
Not all Magnesium Products are created Equal and My Personal Experience
Not all magnesium products are the same. There is one magnesium product, in my experience, that stands out above all the rest. It is easily absorbed and it does not create a laxative effect. It is called ReMag. It was developed by Dr Carolyn Dean who is both a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor. I can literally feel the effects of taking ReMag within minutes after drinking it. Personally, I think it’s all absorbed in the stomach before it even gets into the small intestine. The stuff is magic. Within less than six months of taking it, I was able to get off of 4 medications. Two medications for my adrenals, hydrocortisone and fludrocortisone, one medication for spasms, baclofen, and high dosage potassium. Unfortunately, I was almost too late finding this magnesium.
I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 2003 when I was 39 years old. This is highly unusual for a man. Unfortunately, I have had chronic digestive issues for years and then a spinal cord injury seven years ago. High doses of corticosteroids for too long after my accident only made things worse. In 2018 I discovered that I had three fractures in my right knee from riding my bike with osteoporosis. At the time of the fractures I was only taking a small dose of hydrocortisone, but too much damage had already been done.
I started taking ReMag in February 2018. After four months of ReMag, I was able to start riding my bike again and now I am hitting it hard without any problems. I believe an imbalance in my gut had made it very difficult for me to efficiently absorb powdered magnesium and even some other liquid forms. I have learned in my research that this is not unusual. In my case, I was not able to take more than 100 mg of any type of magnesium I tried without getting very loose stools. There could also be a toxicity issue and/or A low stomach acid issue involved in my inability to easily absorb magnesium.
I can strongly say that ReMag has given me a lot more years of life without my skeleton crumbling! Osteoporosis can be the bane of existence for people with quadriplegia. Obviously, there are other important factors besides magnesium when it comes to healthy bones, like vitamin D, vitamin K2, vitamin A, boron, protein and more. However, magnesium is a key critical nutrient in supporting bone health. I will address these other nutrients in forthcoming blogs.
As an example, I had a health coaching client some time ago who started taking 1/4 teaspoon of ReMag and immediately got some very strong anxiety. I believe her anxiety was caused by magnesium turning on her detoxification pathways and exposing her body to toxins that her body now was able to better eliminate. I had her stop the magnesium and quickly build up her dose of sodium ascorbate (vitamin C) to her bowel tolerance… Which in her case was about 10 to 12 g per day. Vitamin C is a very powerful anti-toxin and it can help smooth out the bumps when you are having heavy detoxification happen. When she started the ReMag again, she hardly had any symptoms and was able to increase her dose by 1/4 teaspoon every three days until she got to 3 teaspoons. Once this client got her dosage up to three teaspoons per day within a month she had some significant health improvements:
- More energy
- Better mood
- Deeper stretching
- Better cognitive processing
- Old injury sites fading
- More motivation to follow interests
Another client started taking ReMag at the advice of my partner Beth. Beth suggested it to this friend and colleague when she mentioned she was suffering from regularly occurring migraines for a number of years. She started with the recommended 1/4 teaspoon ReMag mixed in 1 quart of water with 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt or sea salt. After just the first few sips she felt absolutely fabulous, but unfortunately, after a few hours of continuous sipping, she started to feel really lousy. Obviously really strong detox reactions were happening. She told Beth what was happening and Beth let me know so that I could be in touch with her and give her some coaching on how to best handle the symptoms.
On her own, she figured out that she needed to greatly reduce her initial dosage to five drops. I applauded her on her great intuition to reduce her dosage but to continue taking it. I advised her to start taking vitamin C, I usually recommend sodium ascorbate because it’s buffered to a neutral pH, to bowel tolerance in three or four divided doses each day. On her own, she also added in oregano oil three times a day before meals because she felt like she was experiencing candida symptoms. She had to dance up and down with her ReMag dosage as her body was going through this initial detox phase. When she felt good she experimented with raising her dosage and when her symptoms got too strong she reduced her dosage. She also added in a multi-mineral liquid also created by Carolyn Dean which is called ReMyte. I just spoke with her a couple of days ago and she now is up to 2.5 teaspoons of ReMag and she is feeling great! She told me that she has not had a migraine in the last month and that it is the first time in six years that she has not had two or three migraines every month! She knows she’s not out of the woods yet but she also told me that she’s very hopeful that she may be able to have a migraine-free life!
Learn more about ReMag and Where to Purchase ReMag
ReMag at Carolyn Dean’s website:
You can read the testimonials on Amazon here:
The following YouTube video is a wonderful interview with Dr Carolyn Dean author of the magnesium miracle and the creator of ReMag, which I think is the best magnesium supplement on the market because it is so absorbable and does not create laxative effect even at therapeutic doses.
Here’s a link to get 15% off ReMag
Full disclosure: if you decide to use this 15% off link, I also receive 15% off my next order.
Dr Dean has written an excellent book on the subject of magnesium called The Magnesium Miracle. This book is easy to read and it is chock-full of information regarding the critical importance of magnesium for our bodies to work properly. I think it should be required reading for every human being on this planet. Magnesium is involved in 700-800 enzymatic reactions that are critical for the body including detoxification and protein synthesis.
If you decide to get this book get the second edition:
How to use ReMag: Go Low and Slow
Warning!: Tread carefully when introducing ReMag.
Go low and slow!
ReMag is rocket fuel! It turns on your Kreb’s cycle and it turns on your detoxification pathways. You must start taking it slowly and pay attention to your symptoms.
Dr Dean recommends starting with 1/4 teaspoon mixed into 1 quart of water and 1/4 teaspoon of high-quality Himalayan salt or sea salt, and sip on that throughout the day. I’ve seen enough people have significant symptoms on 1/4 teaspoon of ReMag, so with many people, I’m recommending they start with five drops.
For sensitive people or if you’re not sure:
If you already know you are a sensitive type, no judgment whatsoever as I am one, you want to start low and go slow. You might even consider loading yourself up with vitamin C and finding your bowel tolerance and then backing off slightly as a way of preparing yourself for the detoxification pathways that the magnesium will turn on. You can read my blog about vitamin C to get more details on how to find bowel tolerance and how to space out your dosing.
Start with five drops of ReMag in 32 ounces of water with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt or Himalayan salt. If after three or four days you don’t have any remarkable negative symptoms go up another five drops. Every three or four days go up to five drops as long as you are experiencing no negative symptoms or mild symptoms which are easily tolerable. When you get to 30 drops that’s 1/4 teaspoon. If you’ve had no negative symptoms on your way to 30 drops either continue going up by five drops every three or four days or if you feel brave you might consider going up by 1/4 teaspoon. Remember, everyone is an individual and there is no judgment based on whether you have detoxification symptoms or not. Listen to your body and let that be your guide.
For not so sensitive people:
Start with 1/4 teaspoon of ReMag and 32 ounces of water with 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan salt. Every three or four days increase ReMag by 1/4 teaspoon as long as you are not experiencing negative symptoms or if they are mild and tolerable.
If you do have some reactions you can always stop and take a break for a day or two or you can reduce your dose to the last previous dose where you were more comfortable. For some people, taking a break can be more problematic than lowering your dose. In that scenario, you’ve turned on these detoxification processes when you started taking the magnesium which might be a little bit like opening the floodgates to relieve the pressure behind a dam. In your body, You’re giving it a critical nutrient that helps it begin to clear house and although for some people it may be a rough and bumpy road as the body begins to clear a backlog of toxins eventually it will become smoother. However, if the ride becomes too bumpy and you decide to stop all magnesium but the garbage is already in process of clearing out of your cells, it may be harder on your body to stop the magnesium cold turkey then to simply reduce the dose. This can’t be said as a blanket statement because I’ve seen people do it both ways successfully.
My intention here is to give you some education so if the road is bumpy you know you have some choices. And for some people, having a health coach to hold your hand while you navigate the bumps can be a really helpful thing!
How much should I take long-term?
Dr Dean considers 3 or 4 teaspoons a day to be a therapeutic dose. So in general, I suggest people see if they’re able to increase their dose to three or four teaspoons per day. For some people, they can get to that level in a few weeks or a few months. For other people, they may only be able to get up to 3/4 of a teaspoon or 1.5 teaspoons per day, and when they try to get above that the symptoms become too strong, even after a year or more. When people have trouble getting above 2 teaspoons I sometimes think it may be a sign that there are some other fundamental issues that may need to be resolved before they can raise the level of magnesium higher. They may just have to be doing long-term detoxification, they could possibly have a heavy metal issue compounding things or maybe even A hidden affection that could be interfering with their bodies ability to detox properly. in these cases, one thing that person can lean on is that any amount of magnesium that they’re getting into their body is a good thing and incredibly beneficial!
How do I know when I have filled up my body is magnesium stores?
Depending on your deficiency level it may take several months or even a year or more until you have successfully repleted your magnesium stores and can move to a maintenance dosage of 1 or 2 teaspoons per day. Even though ReMag, in general, does not cause a laxative effect, some people will notice that after they have been on a therapeutic dosage for some time and are feeling better, they may start to experience loose stools. This could be the body signal that your magnesium stores are filled up. If that happens, at that point you can reduce your dose and see if you still maintain the same positive effects that you have achieved since starting ReMag. Basically, you need to practice good observation and tune your dose to how you feel. For some people tuning the daily dose might mean just locking in at 1 teaspoon or 2 teaspoons per day, but with good observation, you can learn to adjust your dose on an as-needed basis based on exercise level, mental output, stress, illness, etc.
Since I started taking ReMag I have let a lot of people know about it. Many of them say, “oh yeah, I take magnesium.“ And then I say, “ this stuff is special!“ And then they say, “I take such and such magnesium product.“ And then I say, “this stuff is different, you’ve never tried anything like it before.” Sometimes they look at me with a blank stare, sometimes they say, “I’m happy with what I’m taking,“ and sometimes they change the topic of conversation. As the old saying goes, “you can bring a horse to water but you can’t make them drink!“
Sometimes they really do get interested and then give it a try. And some of those people experience real detoxification symptoms and that really gets their attention. I’ve recommended magnesium to my clients a lot over the years especially clients Who have very tight muscles or have constipation issues. I’ve never seen any of these people mention or complain about detoxification symptoms upon starting magnesium. I’m not excited to have people have unpleasant detoxification symptoms, however, it really shows this product is doing something different than I’ve ever seen before.
I apologize if this blog seems like it’s one big advertisement for ReMag. It really isn’t. It’s really an ad for magnesium, and it just so happens that ReMag is the bomb! Give it a try! What have you got to lose, except the possibility of feeling better and giving your amazing body the raw ingredients it needs to do its job of creating the best health possible!
** Quick Summary**
- Buy ReMag liquid magnesium. Here is a link to get 15% off:
- Mix 1/4 teaspoon of ReMag and 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt or high-quality sea salt with 32 ounces of clean water and sip throughout the day.
- If you start to get uncomfortable symptoms back off to five drops of ReMag combined with 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt or high-quality sea salt with 32 ounces of clean water and sip throughout the day. Every three or four days increase your dose of ReMag by 5 drops.
- If you don’t get any uncomfortable symptoms, every three or four days increase your dose of ReMag by 1/4 teaspoon.
- Continue to increase your dosage of ReMag until you have reached 3 or 4 teaspoons per day. This is considered a therapeutic dosage.
- Consider staying at a therapeutic dosage for several months to a year or more depending on your level of deficiency and if your body starts giving you signs, like loose stools, that indicate it’s time for you to reduce your dosage to a maintenance dose of 1 or 2 teaspoons of ReMag per day.
- Enjoy the benefits!