- Michele Spence
The Fuss About Magnesium
Did you know that magnesium is present in every organ in the human body? In fact, it’s considered a vital mineral for over 300 biochemical reactions that regulate our health and wellness. The World Health Organization has estimated that roughly 60% of the world’s population suffers from a magnesium deficiency. Sadly, if your doctor tests you for a magnesium deficiency, chances are, you’ll test negative. According to Dr. Steven Gundry, founder of Gundry MD, this is because magnesium is such a critical element that your blood will do anything to replenish its supply, even leech it out of your cells. “Even if your magnesium level is normal, it actually tells us nothing about what the intracellular level of magnesium is,” he explains. “And it turns out that the inter-cellular level of magnesium is where it has all the beneficial effects.”
Magnesium deficiency has a number of negative effects and has been linked to:
Hypertension and cardiovascular disease
Coronary Heart Disease
Decreased insulin sensitivity
Migraines and headaches
Issues with the inner lining of blood vessels (endothelial dysfunction)
Impairment of exercise performance
Due to filtered water and decreased minerals in our soil because of pesticide use and over farming, magnesium isn’t as available naturally as it used to be. It has been found that magnesium, despite being available in many dietary sources, is not best absorbed orally. Magnesium taken orally is affected by a number of elements in your gut, and can also act as a laxative, which reduces the amount of time the mineral can be absorbed in the body. While it’s important to consume magnesium rich foods like dairy products, vegetables, grains, fruits, nuts and unfiltered drinking water, an easy way to increase your intake is by using magnesium oil.
The Importance of Magnesium
An important factor for women is to note is that magnesium is key to calcium absorption, these two minerals work together and have a very special relationship within our bodies. If you have a calcium deficiency or imbalance, then you may also have a magnesium deficiency. The relationship between these two minerals is why calcium rich food sources are the most effective when eaten with magnesium-rich foods.
Magnesium has a role in the synthesis of essential molecules like DNA, RNA, and proteins. In bones, cell membranes and chromosomes, magnesium makes up a large portion of the structural base. Magnesium also plays a large part in nutrient reactions and interactions, helping achieve absorption and balance in the body.
What is Magnesium Oil
Despite its name, magnesium oil is not actually an oil at all. The name was coined because of the oily texture when magnesium chloride flakes are mixed with water. An old home remedy for a number of ailments, most notably magnesium has been credited with decreasing stress, sustaining a sense of well-being and improving sleep. Lately, studies have shown that magnesium can also boost performance levels, improve skin quality, and even help hypertension PMS, menopause and diabetes.
People have known about the importance of magnesium for thousands of years with little knowledge as to the reasons why. Transdermal therapies such as mineral baths, herbal compresses, mud packs, and steam and sweat lodges have been around and enjoyed for millennia.
Transdermal application of magnesium in the form of a spray helps to prevent side effects and can work quickly and effectively to increase magnesium levels in our bodies.
Magnesium Oil Benefits
Sports performance and workout recovery
Stress relief and general well-being
Magnesium supplementation has also been shown to provide benefits, such as:
-Helping to prevent seizures for pregnant women with preeclampsia or eclampsia
-Protection against brain damage in premature infants
-Help with morning sickness in pregnant women
-Reducing symptoms of PMS
-Help prevent osteoporosis
How to Use Magnesium Oil
It’s recommended that once you start using magnesium oil that you continue to do so daily, applying more as you feel comfortable. It can take some time to drastically increase magnesium levels, so it’s important to stick with regular applications. Keep track of your well-being and ailments prior to starting your regular applications to see how magnesium is affecting you and whether you need to change your dosage.
Spray: Spraying magnesium oil directly on the skin is the most common application of the mineral. It’s best to apply after a shower when the skin is clear of lotions or other oils. After spraying, magnesium oil should be thoroughly rubbed in and left to absorb for about 30 minutes. Depending on your preference, you can shower or wipe down to eliminate any residue.
The first few times applying magnesium spray may result in some uncomfortable tingling. This sensation should dissipate the longer you use it.
Massage: Massage promotes blood flow and will ultimately maximize the absorption of magnesium oil. Magnesium oil is used by the body primarily in the area of application, so muscle cramps and soreness can be alleviated using massage and magnesium oil as a treatment.
Deodorant: Mineral salts have been used for many years as a natural odor blocker. Magnesium oil will work as a non-toxic deodorant too. Be sure not to apply magnesium oil to freshly-shaven skin, as it will cause irritation.
Always try any new product on a small area first. If you experience loose bowels or diarrhea, reduce the dose or frequency of your use and consult with your primary care doctor. We are offering no medical advice or advice on the treatment of any health condition or issue, speak with your primary care doctor if you have any sort of health concern.