Feeling fatigued may mean your client needs more magnesium or better sources of magnesium. How do you know? Unfortunately, labs won’t tell you if her body’s cells get enough magnesium. A food journal won’t tell you if he gets in enough for his body to turn off stress effectively – cell by cell.
There’s only one way to effectively assess a patient’s magnesium
And it is not a lab test. Serum magnesium alone won’t tell you. Only 1-3% of total magnesium is represented in blood tests. Of course it is important to know if blood supply contains enough magnesium. But you need to know about the other 99% for better health.
What makes the better nutrition magnesium evaluation better?
You need to know if:
- their intake of other nutrients impacts their magnesium
- the type of magnesium they take in supplementally is better
- anything is affecting their body’s current ability to absorb the magnesium it gets
- their health or lifestyle is increasing or decreasing their current magnesium needs.
The Better Nutrition Magnesium evaluation asks the critical questions that gets you all this data, easily. Watch to learn how Ashley Koff RD uses the magnesium evaluation with patients (it’s the second half of this video)
The Better Nutrition Magnesium Evaluation is the first and only tool to assess total magnesium (foods, drinks, supplements, medications) intake and what may compete or prevent your body from using its current magnesium.
Your muscles and bones contain most of your magnesium. It is in muscles to help them relax while calcium helps them contract. It is in your bones to work with calcium, vitamins D and K, and other minerals to support lifelong building and bone health. One of the biggest health mistakes often made today is getting in more calcium than magnesium, especially with supplements.
It is deliciously easy to get enough magnesium. Did you know that real chocolate – cacao – contains lots of magnesium? That’s right, when you upgrade your chocolate to dark or even add 100% percent cacao to recipes, you get in more magnesium. The Better Nutrition Magnesium Menu gives you 7 days of examples that meet the RDA for magnesium.
Not all forms of supplemental magnesium are created equal. For example, magnesium citrate and glycinate compare favorably to magnesium oxide for absorption especially for those with any digestive complaints. You could be getting in enough magnesium but not absorbing it well. You can see our magnesium supplement recommendations here.