5 Nutritional Strategies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Irritable bowel syndrome affects a significant segment of the population (around 15%).  The underlying cause or causes of IBS is unknown, but it often manifests in a variety of symptoms like cramps, diarrhea, gas, bloating and constipation.  To complicate matters further, each sufferer’s symptoms can be triggered by any number of factors specific to the individual.  That means a nutritional strategy has to be self-tailored, possibly under the watch of a healthcare professional.  We will examine what experts are saying about nutrition for IBS as well as some of the latest research.

Fiber Supplements

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders calls fiber a double-edged sword because some IBS sufferers may experience gas or bloating after use. However, they also add that almost every IBS sufferer would likely benefit from a moderate fiber increase. The IFFGD recommends gradually increasing fiber intake until reaching 20-35 grams per day (based on the individual’s recommended dietary allowance).


There is evidence that probiotics which contain Bifodacteria may alleviate or reduce some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. There is a caveat to this, however.  In terms of IBS, it is less about just taking a probiotic and more about gut-flora manipulation. Some people found relief from IBS by taking antibiotics which kills gut flora, and others have benefited by gradually changing the landscape of their gut biome over time.

Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes like amylase, lactase, protease and lipase help break down food, making digestion easier. There have only been two small studies on digestive enzymes and IBS. Both have been positive. One study found that enzymes improved post-meal IBS symptoms. The other showed that enzymes helped relieve gas and bloating.


Dr. Carolyn Dean wrote The Magnesium Miracle. She also, conveniently, wrote IBS for Dummies. In her works,  she explains that magnesium taken orally can have a laxative effect, helpful for people whose IBS has made them constipated.  However, if a person suffers from IBS-related diarrhea, he or she can use a topical magnesium on the skin to reap magnesium’s benefits without upsetting the stomach.


There is evidence that short-chain carbohydrates (aka fermentable oligo-saccharides, si-saccharides, mono-saccharides and polyols) can aggravate IBS because they tend to ferment in the gut and cause gas. That is why many IBS sufferers choose to follow a low-FODMAP diet. You can find a complete list of low- and high-FODMAP foods here. Spicy foods, sugary foods and caffeine can be problematic as well.

AIM offers nutritional supplements that can fit into a low-FODMAP diet as well as digestive enzymes, probiotics, fiber and topical magnesium. But in the case of IBS, you should consult a medical practitioner before making any drastic dietary changes. This post is for education purposes only.

7 Nutritional Strategies for Headaches


If you suffer from headaches, migraine or otherwise, finding dietary strategies may prove difficult. Take the banana as an example.  The banana has a lot of good stuff in it: potassium, magnesium, vitamin B 6 and vitamin C. A lot of these nutrients and minerals appear on this list of headache fighters. However, bananas also find themselves on the list of possible migraine trigger foods. That means, finding a nutritional strategy is really an individual journey, one that should possibly be even undertaken with the aid of a health care professional.  With that said, here’s a list of vitamins and minerals that have shown promise for headache prevention and elimination.

  1. Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) 
50% RDI of B-2, B-6, B-12

According to current lines of scientific thought, migraine sufferers are believed to have an impaired ability to metabolize oxygen due to mitochondrial dysfunction. Since riboflavin plays such an important role in metabolism, it could therefore improve mitochondrial functioning and overall oxygen metabolism. The majority of test subjects in a Belgian study saw a significant reduction in migraine attacks after consuming 400 mg of vitamin B-2 daily.

2. Magnesium

High concentration topical magnesium

Of all the nutrients on this list, magnesium probably has the best scientific evidence backing it for migraine prevention, migraine reduction and headache relief in general.

  • First, people who suffer from migraines are believed to have magnesium deficiencies in their brains.
  •  Secondly, serotonin deficiency can cause migraines. Guess what nutrient balances serotonin levels? It’s magnesium.
  • Thirdly, it’s shown promise as a way to relieve PMS-related headaches.
  • Magnesium may also be able to stop small, calcium-related blood clots from forming and causing headaches.
  • For general headaches, magnesium may relieve tension and spasms in the head and neck muscles.

3. CoQ10

60 mg of CoQ10, balanced EFAs

A 2002 study found that migraine sufferers who took CoQ10 for periods of three months or more reduced their frequency of attacks by half.

Sources (1-3): Migraine Trust, The Magnesium Miracle

4. Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Balanced omega fatty acids

In a small study published in Pain, researchers found that balanced omega fatty acids reduced headache pain and frequency and improved quality of life. A 2002 study on adolescents found that omega 3’s may be beneficial for recurring migraines.

5. Folate, B6, and B12

10% RDI folate and other B Vitamins

A study released in early 2015 linked a diet high in the B vitamins folate (B-9), B-6 and B-12 to a reduction in migraine frequencies.

6. Probiotics

Friendly bacteria

Some headaches are associated with a stomach bug known as helicobacter pylori.  Eliminating that stomach bug with antibiotics cleared up the headaches. However, if those people followed up the antibiotics with probiotics, they only had a 20% chance of relapse. Those who took the antibiotics alone were 50% likely to relapse.  Source: CBS News

Counter-intuitively, irritable bowel syndrome can cause headaches. Probiotics may relieve IBS and would then reduce headaches in that way.

7. Vitamin B-3, Calcium and Vitamin D

38% RDI Calcium, 70% RDI Vitamin D, 26% RDI Magnesium

Vitamin B-3, calcium and vitamin D have all shown promise as a way to reduce premenstrual headaches.

Magnesium vs. Diabetes: 4 More Things You Should Know


It’s National Diabetes Month, and it would be remiss of us to not mention magnesium. To be fair, we’ve mentioned magnesium and its inverse relationship to diabetes on more than one occasion, but this month, a large meta-analysis was published in Nutrition.  So, it’s worth bringing up, at least, one more time. Here’s four new things that you may not yet know about the relationship between diabetes and magnesium.

1). A New Study Shows Another Deep Connection

The new meta-analysis looked at nine studies that had, all together, over 300,000 diabetic participants and eight studies with over 300 non-diabetic test subjects.  When all the data was examined, the researchers found that increased intakes of magnesium seemed to reduce the risk of metabolic disorders by 22%. Scientists speculate this may be because of magnesium’s pivotal role in glucose metabolism.

2). Diabetics Have Trouble Retaining Magnesium

People afflicted with diabetes will lose more magnesium through urine, often because of the diuretic blood-pressure-lowering drugs.

3). A High-Sugar Diet Depletes the Body’s Supply of Magnesium 

Dr. Carolyn Dean the author of The Magnesium Miracle writes that sugar overload can cause magnesium deficiency in several ways. Mainly, a high-sugar diet produces an acidic pH within the body. To counteract this, the body uses its stores of alkaline minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium. If the situation is dire enough, the body will even remove these minerals from the teeth and bones. This can lead to tooth decay and other health problems.

4). How Much Magnesium Do Diabetics Need? 

The daily RDA of magnesium is 350 mg. The majority of people in the US, diabetic or not, don’t get that much. (Dr. Dean believes that the amount should be doubled).  Some doctors and researchers even go so far as to suggest that 1000 mg per day may be beneficial for diabetics. (Note: Don’t take this as medical advice. See your doctor and ask what’s right for you).

Magnesium for Healthier Bodies

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Magnesium’s function in the human body is vast—everything from electrolyte maintenance to metabolism to heart health and so much more can be traced back to magnesium. The new AIM Mag-nificence™ can help create a body in balance and lead to improved health in a number of areas.

How can you tell if you need more magnesium?

Without a definitive test for magnesium deficiency, the best option is careful self-examination of your diet and lifestyle. Answer the following questions to see where you stand.

Do you regularly drink dark-colored soft drinks?

The phosphates in these sodas bind with magnesium and hinder its efficacy

Do you eat sweet foods and desserts on a regular basis?
Refined sugars rob the body of vital nutrients, including magnesium.

Are you constantly under stress?
The body uses magnesium to counter emotionally stressful situations.

Have you recently undergone a major medical procedure?
Like emotional stress, physical stress takes a toll on the magnesium reserves in your body.

Do you drink coffee, tea, or caffeinated beverages daily?
Caffeine causes the kidneys to release extra magnesium.

Do you take prescription drugs?
Certain diuretics, heart medications, asthma medications, birth control pills, and estrogen replacement therapies may cause magnesium deficiency by way of excess kidney filtering, similar to caffeine’s effect.

Do you drink more than seven alcoholic beverages per week?
Like caffeine and prescription drugs, a high intake of alcohol can cause the kidneys to over-excrete magnesium.

Do you take calcium supplements without a proper ratio of magnesium supplements?
Magnesium and calcium work hand-in-hand, but when the amount of calcium greatly exceeds that of magnesium, the imbalance can hinder magnesium absorption and retention.

Do you experience neurologic or neuromuscular symptoms?
Neurologic symptoms may include anxiety, restlessness, or sleeplessness; neuromuscular symptoms may include spasms, cramps, and tics. These signs could hint at magnesium deficiency since magnesium plays an important role in the health of the neurologic system.

Are you over the age of fifty-five?
Aging, stress, and disease all contribute to lower magnesium levels.

To meet your magnesium need, consider the Mag-nificence family of products —three new applications: bath crystals, spray, and gel, plus traditional AIM Cell Wellness Restorer™ bath additive.

CalciAIM Video

CalciAIM™ is a natural citrus drink mix that provides free ionic calcium and bioavailable nutrients essential to proper skeletal function and overall wellness. Each scoop contains 38 percent of the daily intake of calcium, along with support minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, zinc, copper, and vitamins A, C, and D.

Why Topical Magnesium?

Topical Magnesium

We’ve been taught that we get nutrition from the things that we eat. So when you apply lotion or a spray to the skin or soak in a bath with crystals added, nutrition may not be the first thing that leaps to mind. However, our topical Mag-nificence™ products were designed with nutrition at the forefront. Essential magnesium is involved in hundreds upon hundreds of biological activities in the body, but only around 20 percent of the population gets the recommended daily amount of magnesium through their diets. Furthermore, a lot of people have trouble with oral magnesium because it can have a laxative effect, ironically, making it hard to absorb.

Magnesium is difficult to test for as the blood will only contain about 1 percent of your body’s supply. This may be part of the reason why magnesium deficiency is both widespread and overlooked.

It may seem counter intuitive that you can get a nutrient through your skin, but when you think about it, that’s how vitamin D works. Today, there is a growing body of evidence showing that magnesium can be absorbed through the epidermis.

From Carolyn Dean, MD’s book the Magnesium Miracle, “Magnesium oil can be sprayed on the body and is readily absorbed through the skin. It helps greatly to increase the amount of magnesium in body tissues and overcomes the problems that some people have with loose stools when they try and take enough magnesium to meet their needs. “

A study presented at a scientific conference by researchers showed that magnesium traveled through the skin of cadavers when applied like a lotion.

A pilot study out of England found that “magnesium in the chloride form will raise magnesium levels within the body over a relatively short period of time.”

The University of Maryland Medical Center website simply states, “Some magnesium can be absorbed through the skin.”

The AIM Companies provides Magnificence topical magnesium in three forms: lotion, spray and bath crystals. How will you get your magnesium?

Note: The main ingredient in Mag-nificence is magnesium chloride.

CalciAIM: A Healthy Foundation for Your Body


Postmenopausal women, the lactose intolerant, vegetarians, people who consume large amounts of alcohol, caffeine, and/or soda, folks with Crohn’s disease or celiac disease, people who don’t get enough sun, those who live in nursing homes, IBS sufferers, the obese, the very dark-skinned, and most people. It may seem like a random list of qualities, but everyone mentioned has something in common. They are all at risk of being either calcium or vitamin D deficient. The body relies on vitamin D to produce a hormone called calcitrol to absorb calcium. That means if you’re deficient in vitamin D there is a good chance that you’re lacking calcium, too. And if you don’t have enough calcium, it may be because you don’t get enough vitamin D.

The good news is that you can get both of these essential nutrients in every scoop of CalciAIM, a great-tasting citrus drink that provides you with everything that you need for strong bones and a healthy body.

Apart from skeletal health, optimal calcium levels are important for vascular contraction, vasodilation, muscle function, nerve transmissions, intracellular signaling, and hormonal secretion. A full-grown adult needs at least 1,000 mg of calcium a day. Postmenopausal women and elderly men need 1,200 mg or more. CalciAIM provides 386 mg of calcium per serving, and unlike milk, CalciAIM doesn’t contain estrogen, saturated fat, or lactose. It’s also a vegan source of this essential nutrient.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and a healthy heart. According to Medscape.com, most people are deficient in vitamin D. Deficiency in this vitamin has been linked to weight gain and depression as well as breast, prostate and colon cancer. CalciAIM has 70 percent of your daily vitamin D, so there’s no need to go without any longer.

CalciAIM also contains significant amounts of other bone-building vitamins and minerals. It has 30 percent of your daily magnesium. Studies have linked magnesium to increased bone density and the ability to retain calcium. Furthermore, magnesium deficiency (as well as calcium deficiency) is linked to osteoporosis.

Vitamin C, Zinc, Copper
CalCiAIM contains 54 percent of your daily vitamin C needs for improved immune system health and assistance in the absorption of calcium required for the synthesis of bone and connective tissue. Last but not least, copper (24 percent) and zinc (12 percent) both help stop bone loss.