PSA: If you ARE NOT getting your Calcium or your Magnesium from real food, then it's coming from limestone.
Examples to look for on your supplements are citrate, glycinate, carbonate and lactate.
Limestone is also used for road and building construction.
*Magnesium, Calcium and all vitamins by themselves are not assimilated by the body. Your body needs whole foods that contain all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to absorb vitamins and minerals. This is why they are called whole foods. Supplements are unregulated for the most part and are generally isolated and manufactured to look like a vitamin, and they include ingredients, fillers and chemicals to help extend their shelf life.
In contrast to plant minerals, most mineral supplements contain minerals that are derived directly from rocks - for example calcium carbonate is the rock known as limestone. Alternatively, they may be chemically produced in a lab to create a mineral salt. Our body is not accustomed to utilizing minerals that are not found in the form of food so the rock minerals are much less bioavailable and can even be irritating to the gut, causing more distress than good.
Your liver and kidneys, adrenals and digestion have to go into overdrive to try to break down and filter these synthetic ingredients. It is not reasonable to think the body actually recognizes these things as usable nutrition.
The key if you are highly sensitive or have digestive issues or sleep issues (which a magnesium supplement is not helping with- I know this is an unpopular opinion), that you begin to remove these artificial products and move towards a whole food and primarily plant based lifestyle.
**This doesn't have to be hard and can actually be fun especially when you notice the difference in how you feel. Starting may be the hardest part.
Don't let the ship of your health and aging gracefully, sail; reach out for resources, recipes and hacks on how to turn that ship around before that happens and you find yourself like everyone else - accepting "I'm just getting old" and adding a new medication or two (or five) every other year.
It's never too late. Your body was designed to and wants to heal.
We utilize Standard Process for many of our supplement recommendations. These are "whole food" supplements. If you have more questions, contact us for an online consultation. We will go through a thorough health history and make recommendations based your individual needs.
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