Man this 12 Days of Supplements thing is taking ages. Seemed like such a good idea when I started. It still is a good idea but I am just being lazy. Plus I have loads of other things I want to talk about. But lets stick with the supplements for now and not get sidetracked. Anyone remember magnesium from primary school science? Burns with a bright light and therefore awesome? It looked like the chemical equivalent of a HADOUKEN! That is actually the chemical term. Check any chemistry book. I dare you. Well it is also a super cool supplement.

According to the NHS (anyone that pronounces that ‘nahus’ has been watched way to much Ali G aaaiiiight) it helps turn the food that we eat into energy and also helps produce the hormones that are important for bone health. Taking vast amounts of steroids decreases bone density so this is an important supplement. Usually it does not need to be taken as a supplement as we should be getting all we can from a healthy and balanced diet. Hands up if you are currently having a healthy and balanced diet. Exactly.

Check this bit below from WebMD:

Severe magnesium deficiencies are rare. They are more likely in people who:

  • Have kidney disease
  • Have Crohn’s disease or other conditions that affect digestion
  • Have parathyroid problems
  • Take antibiotics or drugs for diabetes or cancer
  • Are older adults
  • Abuse alcohol

Ahhh see anything interesting there. How about the bit where is says ‘Severe magnesium deficiencies are rare. They are more likely in people who have CROHN’S DISEASE OR OTHER CONDITIONS THAT AFFECT DIGESTION. SAY WHAAT! For reals y’all. Seriously I feel like less of a moron now for taking it without question. But still it is always good to question.

So while this may not necessarily help my Crohn’s, it will help other factors and parts of my body that are affected by my Crohn’s and this goes back to my original reason for starting this blog. No doctor told me that there could be a chance I was magnesium deficient and that could affect my bones and energy because they don’t look at the body holistically. They focus on one area and try and fix it without considering the fact that they might be doing damage somewhere else. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful because I am very lucky to have been seen by some amazing doctors under the NHS but there comes a time when I have to take my health into my own hands.

Finally I would like to appeal to everything reading this. I would like to put together am IBD meet up group based in London to give other suffers a place to voice there experiences, good or bad, and generally just share what they have discovered about themselves while having this disease. Also I would like to use it as an excuse to find some good, IBD friendly food places to ransack. If this is something that you would like to be involved in or you know anyone that has any form of IBD that you think may benefit from talking to others in a similar situation then please get in contact at tranquiltummy@gmail.com. I am hoping to organise the first meet at the end of Feb or beginning of March so spread the word and get in touch. Thanks.

Beat time. A tune that should be an IBD anthem.