Supplements for Endometriosis - Magnesium
I LOVE magnesium. While I’m a big advocate of eating well for endometriosis and have my own personal version of the ‘endometriosis diet’ - which avoids inflammatory foods and supports my hormones and detoxification systems - I also find adding quality supplements so helpful. One of my favourite supplements for endometriosis has to be magnesium. In fact, I find it so helpful for pain management that i also use it as a salt in baths and as a spray on my abdomen to reduce cramping.
If you’re curious about which supplements might be helpful for you, I highly recommend reading Take Control of Your Endometriosis for an in-depth guide, but in the mean time, I’ve written a piece for Endometriosis News on the four ways to use magnesium for endometriosis. You can read a snippet below or the full column here.
4 Ways to Use Magnesium for Endometriosis
How many of us are really aware of whether we’re getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals in our diet? And how many of us are aware of any deficiencies we’re currently experiencing or are more prone to?
I only discovered the problems I was encountering in this area after much trial and error, and from consulting with my naturopathic nutritionist friend. Not only did I discover I lacked in magnesium, but also that most of us are — and people with endometriosis are even more prone to being deficient in this important mineral. This is because not only can we lose a significant percentage of our magnesium supply during menstruation (up to half), but the stress we experience due to living with the condition also depletes our magnesium levels.
But what is magnesium useful for? And how can we increase our levels to help us treat endometriosis naturally? Following are my favorite ways I incorporate magnesium into my holistic treatment of endometriosis and how it can benefit our bodies.
1. Supplements and diet
For those of us with endometriosis, it’s important to be aware that magnesium can help us battle fatigue and balance our hormones.
Magnesium is a muscle relaxant and therefore helps us to unwind and get a better night’s sleep, especially if taken in the evening. This can help those of us already struggling with fatigue to get better quality rest, and potentially counteract the effects of hormone and blood sugar imbalances that can keep us awake at night or cause disturbed sleep.
Magnesium is also essential in energy production, so magnesium deficiency can often lead to feelings of fatigue and weakness. (A personal question of mine is whether the fatigue that comes with endometriosis links to magnesium deficiency that many patients unknowingly experience.)
As I’ve discussed before, it is believed that those of us with endometriosis are more likely to have a hormone imbalance called estrogen dominance, and as endometriosis is an estrogen dominant disease, it’s useful for us to try to balance our hormones. The endocrine system, which regulates and controls our hormones, requires magnesium, among other nutrients, to function properly. Our bodies also use magnesium for regulating blood sugar, which when unbalanced, can cause additional hormone disruptions.
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