Magnesium A Natural Way To Treat Constipation Insomnia and Muscle Tension
Magnesium is essential to life, period. Itjust is. It's one of the most prevalent minerals in the body. It's involved in over300 metabolic pathways in the body. You're never going to get adequate magnesium in amultivitamin. Magnesium is found in dark, leafy greens. Almonds are a really good sourceof magnesium. I have my patients supplement with magnesium because so many of the issuesthat I see are magnesiumrelated. Magnesium deficiency can cause leg cramps and migraines.Insomnia from a lack of magnesium is a really common problem. Muscle tension can be causedby lack of magnesium and lots of my patients have muscle tension. They're just workingtoo hard. Magnesium will help with all of
those things. So I really like Natural Calmbrand. This is available everywhere such as Whole Foods and other health food stores.Natural Calm magnesium is so easy because the one thing about magnesium is it's kindof a large molecule, so sometimes to get a good dose of pills, you kind of have to takelike, three or four pills and nobody likes takingâ€¦ I mean, some people are just pillpeople, and that's totally fine, but most of my patients are like, â€œNo more pills.â€�It's like, they totally are just, â€œNo more pills.â€� With Natural Calm magnesiumI have my patients do about a teaspoon in water before bed, and they just kind of worktheir way up in dosage. There are different
flavors. I think the raspberry lemonade tastesbetter. It kind of makes a little fizzy drink, but you could make it as a tea as well. Thisis just magnesium citrate. Some people are a little bit sensitive to magnesium if theytend towards diarrhea; if their stools are looser, magnesium can really accelerate that.On the flip side, if a person has had chronic constipation issues, this is typically theirMecca. And the other thing to say is that magnesium can drop blood pressure, so peoplewho are already really hypotensive, careful with taking too much at once. You really justwant to kind of break up your doses throughout the day, and you can add sea salt to the dietto kind of bring up the blood pressure if
the blood pressure's too low. But I thinkthat magnesium is really wonderful. The only other place to really caution with magnesiumis if people have kidney damage. It's actually really helpful for kidney stones, but if peoplehave kidney damage, like they're on dialysis, that is a place where they would need to checkwith their physician, but otherwise, I love magnesium across the board. You had a questionon magnesium. So her comment was that she had heard all of the beneficial health thingsabout magnesium, but she was also told that it really helps just keep the colon clean,and it does. I mean, if you dose up with magnesium the same way as if you dose up with vitaminC, you will really promote a looser stool.
The higher up you go, you will just see adirect effect, so it does help you clean out constantly. So in terms of a gentle detoxon a regular basis, magnesium will keep your bowels moving. Depending on your body typeI recommend taking 400 milligrams to 1,000 milligrams of magnesium per day. Start witha teaspoon of Natural Calm magnesium. Make sure you tolerate that, and then just workyour way up. So basically start with 150 milligrams and just kind of inch your way up and makesure you're tolerating the amount without diarrhea. Most of my patients take 600 milligramseasily in a sitting, but it's better to kind of start slow and work your way up.
Restless Legs Syndrome and Sleep Diagnosis and Treatments
Hi, my name is Charlene Gamaldo. I'm a Johns Hopkins neurology sleep faculty member and I'mthe medical director of the Howard County Sleep Disorders Center. My name is Rachel Salas. I'm a sleep neurologist board certified in both specialties. So, restless leg syndrome, that has alsorecently been coined WillisEkbom disorder is a alsleep disorder. It requires four essential criteria
that involves a person who hasuncomfortable sensations in their legs that is associated with an urge to move. This urge to move usually comes on at restand it peaks at night and for that reasonbecause it peaks at night and they want to move it causes disruption in their ability togo to sleep. And for that reason they often show upin a sleep because it causes problems with
ability to go to sleep and causesproblems with daytime functioning as a result. Restless leg syndrome can occur in anyone. There tends to be more of a femalepredominance but again it can occur in anyone. Even children can have it. There tends tobe a hereditary component there. People that have iron deficiencyanemia are more at risk. People that have kidney disease,particularly endstage renal disease.
it can put them at higher risk probablybecause of the iron. Patients with peripheral neuropathy particularly those that suffer fromdiabetes can be at higher risk. There's certain things.certainother disorders that increase the risk for restless legsyndrome, but then again it could also be you know, sporadic.people could justdevelop it. So, treatment strategies for restlessleg syndrome
is number one educate them about itbecause there are exacerbaters out there herparticularly overthecounter medications, anythingwith antihistamines are big culprits for essentially kicking people into you know, these flares of restless legsyndrome. Medications are actually very good forpatients with restless leg syndrome. It can actually improve theirquality of life There's different classes the FDAapproved dopamine agonists
are available. If the patient has restless leg syndrome we'll always check aniron panel to see what their iron status is and if that'sdeficient or even low normal.a lot of times we'll try treating just with iron first and that may be all patients need. For the more severe types, and these are typically what we see, you know, becausepeople are coming to Hopkins you know,
How to Diagnose Sleep Disorders Causes and Treatments for Restless Leg Syndrome
It's not exactly known what causes restlessleg syndrome and the ideology of the disease can be different from patient to patient andapproximately twenty percent of cases, it's found that an iron deficiency is the leadingcause of restless leg syndrome. And this can be a reason pregnant women have restless legsyndrome as a secondary symptom while they're pregnant. So a standard line of treatment,where I used to work is to put all patients with restless leg syndrome on iron supplementationto insure that they have proper iron and just to eliminate that as a factor. Iron is a precursorin the dopamine process, and there's theory and thought that dopamine levels and low dopaminemight have a role to play in restless leg
syndrome and this is why medication such asRequip and Mirapax, which are popularly advertised on network television these days are usedas a treatment for RLS. They are originally Parkinsons drug, antiParkinsons disease drugs,and they can play a role in increasing dopamine activity and steadying the legs. Other morenaturalistic treatments would include encouraging more activity in a patient during the day,exercise, stretching, yoga, and also it's necessary to rule out things such as thyroiddisorders and again iron deficiency to make sure that the restless legs aren't being causedby something else. Once you've ruled out all the secondary causes of restless legs youwould then have primary restless leg syndrome,
which is then treated through primary linemedication such as Requip and Mirapax.