For some reason, I often notice a greatly-increased appetite shortly after starting a regular magnesium supplementation schedule. A few weeks ago, I added magnesium back into my supplement routine - and I've found that it has absolutely wrecked my somewhat-disciplined diet. With magnesium, I seem to often get the feeling of lessened "satiety": before, a reasonably-healthy meal would be enough to satisfy me for hours - whereas with magnesium, the same meals result in hungry feelings relatively-quickly after eating those meals. Without magnesium, I generally have not had much overwhelming urge to snack - but after starting magnesium, I often succumb to powerful urges to snack. I have found myself being irresistibly-drawn to foods that I otherwise do a fairly-good job of avoiding. Let's just say that the employees of Taco Bell, Steak-N-Shake, and Burger King have seen way more of me over these past couple of weeks than they should have!
Does anyone know why magnesium affects me this way - and what I can do to eliminate this undesirable effect? Does magnesium affect anyone else this way?
Just when I want to say that it may have something to do with the form of magnesium I'm currently taking (magnesium citrate) - I remember that magnesium glycinate had the same effect. So it seems to be the magnesium itself affecting me this way - not the compound.
Oh, and Vitamin B1 (thiamine) has this same effect with me. I tried taking extra vitamin B1 a few months ago - and had to stop because of constant feelings of hunger, which caused me to sometimes become a ravenous pig.
Magnesium, I have read, is a mineral that the body does not store so we need to keep up the levels from food or supplements. Mg also helps the intestinal contents keep moving along and helps with constipation problems. A craving for fats and oils may indicate your body is not able to adsorb them and possibly when the contents of the small intestine are moving along too rapidly this reduces the time for adsorbtion. It could be that you are in the early stages of a maladsorption syndrome. Do a search for this to see the causes and how people treat it.
It is usually better to take a balanced B vitamin supplement as some of the B vitamins work together.
Hi Mendomaid - thanks so much for your feedback. Yeah - magnesium has seemed to have caused (or greatly contributed to) a craving for more fatty, calorie-rich foods....but I didn't really think to tie this to malabsorption syndrome. I thought most people with malabsorption syndrome lose substantial amounts of weight, and/or have problems gaining weight? I seem to have the opposite problem: I'm very overweight, I seem to be unable to lose weight, and I gain weight easily. In fact - I think this latest food-craze has caused me to gain some weight....just in these 3-4 weeks alone.
I have suspected that I have "leaky gut" for awhile now - I've noticed some (other) symptoms that indicate that this is a likely issue. Would this be similar to or related to malabsorption syndrome?
This is so frustrating to me - because I think magnesium has benefited me in other ways. For ex., my teeth feel quite a bit stronger/healthier than they have been - and they even look slightly better. I can sort-of see a few of the ways in which magnesium is said to work "synergistically" with Vitamin B6.
As for the thiamine - I did not take that supplement alone - I did take it along with a Vitamin B complex capsule. I thought it was o.k. to add extra amounts of individual B vitamins as long as you're also taking an overall B-complex.
Two of the most common causes of leaky gut are gluten sensitivities - Celiac Disease (Celaic Sprue) and non-Celiac Sprue. In both problems a person is unable to adsorb sufficient nutrients, minerals, vitmains but still many Celiac's are overweight. From what I have read in messages at Celiac.com Forums most of these overweight people lose weight when they follow a strict gluten free diet and they also have much less problems with food cravings. Even if the tests for CD come back negative some people find that following a GF diet beneficial. Parasites are also a common cause of leaky gut and maladsorbtion. No matter what the cause of leaky gut or intestinal most people find that they improve by following a program to help digestive health. If a person has gluten intolerance or sensitivity then the the problems will keep coming back or get worse.
Thanks again Mendomaid. I think I have to take a long, hard look at whether I have Celiac Sprue or non-Celiac Sprue. I wish the problem were more easily diagnosable. Why does it have to be such an ordeal to find out what exactly is going on with our bodies?
If I have some type of gut-issue, it would be nice to know whether it is something I've had my entire life. Throughout my life, I've never had any obvious/unusual gastrointestinal symptoms that would suggest Celiac/gluten-intolerance - but I have had other health problems that have progressed over the years and could ultimately tie back to the gut. Was the possible gut problem present for (nearly) all of my life and it is just now starting to reach the point where I'm beginning to notice - or was it triggered more recently by something (i.e. medications, or possibly a thyroid problem, or other possible environmental triggers).
Thanks for the link to celiac.com - I will try to continue looking over the information there to see if this condition could possibly be affecting me.
It's interesting because when I took an Epsom Salt bath last week, I felt very hungry the next day, and I noticed that my stomach would feel empty sooner than it would normally. Based on what I've read online, it's possible that the addition of Magnesium in our system makes our body's more effective in digesting food in our stomach, causing it to empty sooner and giving us the feeling of hunger. That's just a theory, so it would be great if other's could chime in.