The mechanism that causes this effect may be increased loss of magnesium via urination as the body tries to rid itself of excess sugar. Inadequate magnesium has been shown to increase insulin resistance, which makes it harder for the body to regulate blood sugar.
Other Sources of Magnesium
Food isn’t the only source of magnesium: Epsom salts and seawater are also rich in this important mineral and your skin will absorb it. Too much magnesium is almost impossible if it comes from food or through the skin.
Magnesium supplements are available but as with any supplement, if it’s not derived from a food source, it’s synthetic and not readily used by the body. It is possible (and toxic) to get too much magnesium from supplements.
Adverse effects of excess magnesium supplementation include:
- Diarrhea (magnesium is a laxative, hence milk of magnesia)
- Muscle weakness
- Kidney dysfunction
- Difficulty breathing
- Heart attack (in extreme cases)
The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine advises against magnesium supplementation if you have any problems with your kidneys. The upper limit of daily magnesium intake via supplement is 350mg for adults. Less than that doesn’t cause trouble in most people. (15)
Drug Interactions with Magnesium
Magnesium supplements adversely impact actions of the following medications. It’s always best to inform your healthcare provider if you a) want to begin supplementation or b) are already taking supplements of any kind.
- Anti-malarial drugs
- Bisphosphonates for osteoporosis
- Digoxin (heart medication)
- Nitrofurantoin (antibiotic)
- Penicillamine (antibiotic)
- Proton-pump inhibitors for stomach acid
- Quinolone (antibiotic)
- Tetracycline (antibiotic)
Food is our fuel, our sustenance, and our medicine. Anything you buy in a package or grow synthetic chemicals will get to you eventually.
Real organic food works with your body to nourish and maintain balance. Swallowing a pill may seem more attractive than eating a salad but there really is no substitute when it comes to promoting health.