If you’re just getting started, you might be wondering what you should take. This is what I do.
Tests: If you want to get tested to see what your levels are, and I suggest you do to get a baseline, you can do that at requestatest.com. (This is not an affliate link, but I have used them to get my own tests.) You can also ask your Dr. for order it for you. Just make sure it is the ‘RBC magnesium’ test and not the serum magnesium test. That one is mostly worthless. (They often don’t know what it is because it’s not routinely ordered.)
This is the magnesium RBC test.
This one includes the right magnesium test, as above, but also includes zinc and copper. This is important because you want to know if your copper is high, if it’s higher in comparison to zinc and if your zinc is low.
If you’re sick, nauseated or not sure about your stomach, you can still take magnesium. You can spray or rub Magnesium Oil on your skin. It even works faster this way, because it bypasses the stomach. You can also make it yourself.
Magnesium Oil Recipe:
Get Magnesium Chloride Flakes. Measure equal parts flakes and equal parts filtered water. (1 cup flakes to 1 cup water, for example.) Pour into a glass jar and allow to dissolve. That’s it. Simple. You can either rub it onto your skin or put into a spray bottle and spray it on your skin.
Word of warning: In the beginning, it often stings, depending on where you spray it. Try it before you’re going to shower anyway, just in case it bothers you. As you continue to try it, it will sting less and less.
Bathing in Magnesium: Epsom Salts are magnesium sulfate. Soak your feet, put it in your bath. You can get them anywhere. This is usually the cheapest way to get started and you might already have it under your sink. (It’s easy to find in most stores, grocery or drug stores.)
I have several favorites in this category and I think the most important thing is to take a variety of magnesium.
Doctor’s Best Magnesium: Chelated Magnesium
JigSaw Magnesium w/SRT: This is a sustained release formula that also contains Vitamins B6, B12 and the activated form of folate. This helps get the magnesium into the cell.
Alta Health Magnesium Chloride Tablets: You need chloride to make stomach acid.
Natural Vitality Natural Magnesium Calm : I’ll admit that this is not my favorite. The only reason is that I can not take a lot of it and don’t notice an effect. I need to mention it though because I’ve heard from a number of women who love it and it helps them sleep. Because it’s a powder that you make into a drink, it might be easier to get down during pregnancy. You can also use it to make magnesium jello. (It’s better than it sounds.) Here’s a recipe.
And yes, I’ve tried and still do use all of the above. The one I wouldn’t recommend is Magnesium Oxide, which is about all you can find at the store (even health stores). You should be able to find magnesium citrate in a store though.
Zinc: My favorite Zinc is from Standard Process. They have something called Zinc Liver Chelate. It’s the only kind that hasn’t given me nausea after taking it. It helps to take it with food.
Vitamin B: I take this, Thorne Basic B Complex
Just remember that the most important thing is to take the proper form of B vitamins. You do not want to take ‘Folic Acid’. (Check out this article to learn why.) You want to take the form ‘5-methyl-folate’. Call and ask the manufacturer if you find the label confusing. The proper form of vitamin B6 is P5P. This is why I don’t take or typically recommend a prenatal. I like to control what I’m taking.
Liver from grassfed beef is also a good way to get B vitamins, as well as other vitamins and minerals.
If you’re looking for a good probiotic, I would highly recommend Prescript-assist Probiotic . It is expensive and I can’t afford to take it everyday. But I’m amazed at how quickly it works. They have studies about how effective it is for diarrhea, even if it’s chronic. I’ve never tested it for that, but if my stomach is just a little off. I take one or two and I’m done.
You can also make your own, very effective probiotic by making sauerkraut. Here is a recipe. (Don’t worry, it’s easy and very cheap.)
Books about diet that I would recommend:
GAPS by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride: This book started it all for me. I read it and couldn’t not do something. I’m not currently on the Gaps diet but I did it for about 5 months and I credit it for taking my asthma from daily to weekly/biweekly. Magnesium was what took me to not needing to take any medicine anymore. The basic premise is that almost all chronic disease begins in the gut and healing the gut, through diet, is the first big step.
Right now I’m reading Jimmy Moore’s book: Keto-Clarity. I would recommend it if you’re interested in learning about ketosis and the high fat, low carb way of eating.
If you have any questions about this or anything else, email me. Rachel@hypergpregnancy.com I would happy to answer your questions, if I can. I’m not a doctor and you should proceed at your own risk. You are an individual and need to take into consideration your individual needs. I believe being informed and educated about your body and health is the best for everyone. It’s a journey and you shouldn’t try do everything at once. Stressing about what to do next won’t help you heal either. One day at a time.