Dina Savitz

I may not have been completely honest with you

I’ve been feeling a little bit guilty lately.

Just after my interview for Today Tonight aired, I had a lot of enquiries about the best magnesium supplement to take.

And I happily answered!

I started my business because I want to help as many people as possible discover the benefits of natural medicine so they can lead a happy, healthy life.

I was more than willing to respond with recommendations for magnesium supplements which are well absorbed, contain the right form of magnesium and a decent amount for treating specific symptoms.

However, a couple of weeks ago I attended a workshop on how to best offer acute consultations in my clinic (more on that later). As the lecturer was going through some case studies with us, I had a realisation.

I haven’t been completely honest with you.

When someone comes to see me with a list of symptoms, I never prescribe just one thing. That’s just not the way I was trained, nor is it the way the body works best.

Taking magnesium will help relieve certain symptoms – but it also may not. Minerals work synergistically in your body – meaning magnesium needs other nutrients to help it do its job properly. Also, minerals compete with each other in the body – so taking a high dose magnesium supplement may reduce the absorption of other minerals.

I know I probably sound like a broken record as I say it time and again, but there is no magic pill.

There is no one pill to fix it all.

Let’s look at “chocolate cravings” as an example – because I see these pretty often in my clinic!

Since chocolate is high in magnesium, often I tell clients that they may actually be needing more magnesium in their diet – but taking magnesium alone, may not reduce chocolate cravings.

The reason is that it could really be a craving for sugar, due to a dip in blood sugar levels, which may be due to a diet that’s low in protein.

So too, there are herbs that help stabilise blood sugar levels, and help reduce overall sugar cravings, which would also help with cravings for chocolate.

Another reason for chocolate cravings could be that you are looking for an energy hit, which you get from the theobromine, a stimulant similar to caffeine. Again, there are better ways to increase your energy levels than cadbury’s dairy milk.

Can you see how naturopathy works? I look at the whole picture, not just a couple of symptoms.

Magnesium, while it’s an amazing nutrient for certain conditions, works best alongside other minerals, in the right dose.

If you have started taking magnesium and haven’t seen the results you were hoping for, I encourage you not to give up taking it – you may just need more support.

And that’s where my acute consultations come into play!

It’s a short 15 minute appointment (as opposed to my longer 45-60 min consults), either in my clinic or via a video call on your computer or phone, where you can ask me about a couple of symptoms you may be experiencing and I will prescribe 2-3 supplements for you to help you feel better.

You will fill out a short pre-consultation questionnaire so that I’ve got a bit of a background of what’s going on for you, and you can order your supplements from an online store I use that even offers free delivery on your first order!

These appointments are best for helping improve your energy levels, getting rid of a cold or flu or wanting some advice for certain symptoms that may have just started up. They are also particularly suited for kids health – things like teething, colds, ear infections and eczema.

The consultations are $50, and if you have private health insurance, you may get most of that back from your healthfund (until April 1st). If you’d like to book in, please click here or send me a message if the times available don’t work for you.

To using more natural medicines in your life,

Dina x

Dina Savitz helps people discover how a regular exercise regime, small improvements in diet and individualised natural medicine can help improve their energy levels and overall health. As a naturopath and personal trainer with over 12 years experience, Dina works with clients both online and in person.