What is preventing Magnesium absorption? ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿšซ

Every once in a while I get the question, how much magnesium should I be consuming a day? OR, I don’t think I’m getting enough magnesium should I take more?

Similar questions with a similar answer. However my answer is different than you might expect.

I think a better question is, am I setting my body up for Magnesium success? And all roads lead to absorbability when it comes to supplements and magnesium in particular. The problem here is, there’s a very good chance your body isn’t absorbing as much magnesium as you think it is.

At the very least, it’s likely absorbing far less than you think it is. And I’ll tell you why.

There’s a number of different factors that prevent your body from absorbing magnesium. These include:

– fluoride from tap water or toothpaste

– coffee

– medication

– calcium

– only using one form of magnesium (ie oral/topical)

– exercise (we lose magnesium in our sweat which is rarely taken into account)

– cheap additives and fillers (silicone dioxide, maltodextrin, etc)


Calcium is the biggest one that stands out to me. Because it seems as though a lot of people are taking calcium and magnesium together in one pill form. The problem here is calcium and mag compete for absorption and calcium always wins. Which means you think you’re getting the mag in, because it says so on the bottle but you’re not.

And then of course we have the medical industry recommending calcium supplements which I’m not a fan of. There’s a number of other ways to improve bone mass density and supplementing with calcium would be the last on my list. I’m not telling you not to take calcium pills if that’s what your dr. recommends. But I would suggest doing some deep research and consider why that’s being recommended.


Then of course there is coffee, the world becomes enraged when I tell them they may want to reconsider enjoying their daily coffee or at the very least reducing it. I’m not here to judge and truthfully I’m not emotionally connected to your coffee.

If you want to enjoy your coffee then have it, but understand your body is limiting your magnesium absorption because of it. Ask yourself which is more important to you.


Then there’s toothpaste, and people don’t want to believe their childhood Colgate or Crest brands could actually do them harm. But there are other options to your sensodyne with fluoride that I used to use myself in the past.

After years of chewing tobacco on the baseball field (disgusting habit I know), my teeth were terribly sensitive so I turned to the conventional recommendation of sensodyne.

When I started to do research and understood why that wasn’t the best option, I made a different choice with my toothpaste brand (fluoride free), I started oil pulling daily and no longer had sensitive teeth. My point here is, there are other ways if you choose to see them.

And again, no one is here to judge. I think each of us has to ask ourselves what kind of body we’re living in, what kind of lifestyle we live and if we give our bodies the best chance to thrive. And in this case, the best chance to absorb.

Additives and Fillers (from cheap mag supps)

Another factor that is preventing absorption is the additives and preservatives going into your mag pills. We think we’re doing a good job, and say anything is better than nothing. But the truth is, some of these additives are harmful to our health. So not only is our body not absorbing magnesium properly but it’s also being damaged by low quality ingredients put into low quality products.

Topical Magnesium

My last suggestion here is, you need more than one form of magnesium to enter the body. More directly not just orally but topically. There are different processes in the body that prevent absorption. By combining both topical use and oral use you get more bang for your buck! You have more of an opportunity to absorb the magnesium you’re hoping for.

So don’t limit yourself, there’s a number of other magnesiums you can use topically which include: mag body butter, mag gel, mag spray, mag bath flakes (all of which are found on our website).

Working together

I see our bodies working in a holistic way, all complementing one another. A good question is, what state is your body in? Are you giving your food, nutrients, vitamins and minerals the best opportunity to absorb because of the state your body is in?

I’d love to hear in the comments if this write up was helpful, I certainly hope it was!

Wishing you all a fantastic day.

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