LCHF #11: Cramps & Constipation


Continued from LCHF #10: A Much Better Week

It’s been two weeks since I posted about my LCHF journey and these two weeks have been a mixed bag of feelings and happenings. On the morning of my last post, I woke up with cramps in my calves. My right calf hurt for two days, as if the cramp got stuck in it. Now I had cramps before that, but only in my feet, and moving my feet always helped the cramps to disappear.

MagnesiumI have read about cramps before and knew what to do: I needed a magnesium supplement. At the health shop I bought magnesium citrate (tablets) and magnesium oil. The oil can be used when you wake with cramps in the middle of the night. I started thinking about why people who are following a LCHF diet would have cramps. Did that mean that this way of living is not really good for us? On research I found that stress can lower the magnesium in the body, but also that some meds can be the cause of it. What was really interesting to read, was that about 60% of the Western people have magnesium deficiency because of the foods they eat. Even if they eat healthy, they can develop a deficiency because of the way the foods are grown and also because the soil doesn’t contain enough magnesium anymore. Quite interesting and it put my mind at ease that I have in fact changed my life to have a healthy lifestyle. I feel good, so how could it not be healthy?

So now I have found a solution for the cramps, but my body doesn’t seem to like the supplement too much. I have been using it for two weeks now and despite holding to my diet, I have gained weight in the first week and only lost what I have gained in the second. Back in the beginning weeks of the diet the very same happened to me when I started taking magnesium. I stopped taking it and instantly I started losing weight again. The weight gain seem to be related to me being constipated, even though it goes against what they say about magnesium:

Another major reason why people supplement with magnesium is to relieve constipation. Magnesium has a laxative effect because it draws water into the stools, making them softer and easier to pass. It’s also a muscle relaxant, so it eases any tension in the intestinal wall that might be causing constipation.

Since magnesium shouldn’t have this effect, I kept on searching for more information. I found a forum where someone else mentioned that she became constipated when she started using magnesium and I also found another site where they said that women in menopause are better off to take a calcium supplement that also contains magnesium. I guess this means that I am stopping with the magnesium (I actually already did) and if the cramps come back, I will use the magnesium oil in stead of the tablets.

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To be continued… LCHF #12: Changing Numbers Again

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