When is the Best Time to Take Magnesium?
Today again we’re answering a common question about Natural Calm.
“When is the best time to take it? Is it morning, lunchtime, dinner or at night?”
We’ve answered this briefly in the FAQ section of the site, but here we’ll go into more detail.
The short answer is that there’s no one right time for everyone. The right timing for you depends on your lifestyle and what makes you feel best.
Most people do take Natural Calm in the evening because it helps them sleep.However, taking it once a day may not be ideal for you.
Should You Split Your Natural Calm Dose Throughout the Day?
There’s a case for taking magnesium more than once a day.
Ideally, we’d supplement this way, too.
Try sipping Natural Calm throughout the day. No need to increase your dose if you’ve found your sweet spot. You can just split it up. Many people dissolve their Natural Calm in a large bottle of water and drink it gradually, morning to night.
Splitting your Natural Calm dose up gives your body time to absorb the magnesium.
When you take too much at once, your body will excrete the excess. For some, that means loose stools.
For others, a single dose feels just perfect and they’re content to take Natural Calm once a day.
Taking Natural Calm Magnesium at Night
If you take it before bed, we recommend about half an hour before you’d like to sleep, so it can take effect.
The magnesium will relax your muscles, nerves and facilitate the release of melatonin — the sleep hormone. People who have Restless Leg Syndrome rely on Natural Calm before bed to relieve their condition.
Natural Calm can become a soothing nighttime ritual. It’s a hot drink that helps you wind down.
Just switch on the kettle before you get cozy. Then, turn off your devices, dim the lights and let the relaxation begin!
Taking Natural Calm in the Morning or Afternoon
Many people are surprised to discover that magnesium helps with energy production. While it’s not a stimulant, your body needs magnesium to produce energy.
It’s important to emphasize that magnesium won’t prevent you from sleeping. It will help you feel steady, calm energy.
Calm Balance is a perfect form of Natural Calm for morning use. It’s a blend of nutrients the brain and body need for focus, concentration and a relaxed feeling of well-being. Just how you want to feel going into work or school!
What if you drink coffee in the morning?
You may find that with magnesium, you’re rested and energized enough to skip it. Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND and author of The Magnesium Miracle recommends avoiding caffeine altogether because it depletes magnesium. And because coffee is a diuretic, taking it at the same time you take Natural Calm may reduce the magnesium your body absorbs.
Can’t give up morning coffee? Late morning or anytime in the afternoon is perfect for taking Natural Calm.
Taking Natural Calm with Food or Medication
Taking Natural Calm with or without food is a personal choice. Combining your magnesium with a meal should have no effect on the absorption of the supplement.
Customers often tell us that Natural Calm helps with their digestion, especially if they have GI issues. The citric acid in the magnesium citrate can aid in digestion if you have low stomach acid (hydrochloric acid).
You should, however, avoid taking magnesium supplements with some medications (antibiotics in particular) and with iron supplements.
“Magnesium inhibits the absorption of iron, tetracycline, ciprofloxacin, vancomycin, isoniazid, chlorpromazine, trimethoprim, nitrofurantoin, and sodium fluoride. Take these medications two to three hours before or after magnesium supplements.”
Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Magnesium Miracle, p. 37
Also, note that high levels of zinc (142 mg/day) in supplement form might reduce magnesium absorption. If you’re taking zinc at this extremely high dose, take it several hours before or after your Natural Calm.
The Best Time for Natural Calm is Every Day
Whether you take Natural Calm in the morning, afternoon, evening or all day long, what matters is keeping up the routine.
Your body excretes magnesium every day. It’s important to replace this essential mineral daily to prevent symptoms of low magnesium, including stress, tension, pain, insomnia, heart issues, osteoporosis and more.
Luckily, taking Natural Calm is easy — and delicious! You’ll enjoy the ritual because the natural fruit flavours taste great. Still wondering when to take magnesium?
Questions about Natural Calm? Drop us a line. We love to hear from you!