With all the deficiencies we hear about on a daily basis what is one of the top ones most if not all of us are suffering from and what can be done about it? Magnesium Most of us are unaware of the important role magnesium plays in our day to day life/ health, it is needed by almost every function and tissue of the body. Everything from heart health, chronic pain and even cancer. But before you go running our looking for a supplement I want to explain something. I always recommend transdermal application, this means just rub it onto certain areas of the body before you go to bed. No drinking, no pills and no injections.
Being as many of us are suffering with digestive issues, absorption issues an likely suffering from leaky gut, taking magnesium would just be a waste of effort and money. Wen we take it we are either doing nothing, harming ourselves or actually helping. Potency has a role to play as well. Oral supplementation is nt designed with proper absorption in mind, this means it prevents proper assimilation by your body and cells, worse still it can actually further your deficiency and possibly contain excipients that may harm your body.
Transdermal application (applied to the skin directly) is quick (so quick it can get rid of a headache in minutes) and it’s easy.
So what kind of magnesium do you want? There are many out there (magnesium chloride, carbonate, Mag.glycinate, Mag. citrate etc) My preference is magnesium chloride or magnesium chloride hexahydrate if you can find it.
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"The form of magnesium which the human metabolic system recognizes and assimilates most readily is magnesium chloride, the same form contained in sea water. And the simple secret to the proper administration and optimum assimilation of magnesium is to apply it transdermally, i.e. via the skin, not as an oral supplement."
-Daniel Reid author of "TAO of Detox”
When I first started seeing Holly she told me to get off almost all the supplements I was taking. The one thing she switched me to was a topical version of magnesium liquid. After one night I could already feel the difference. I no longer reach for a tylenol for a muscle ache or a headache, I reach for this liquid gold.
- For athletes, sports and injuries
- Magnesium and digestion
- Signs of magnesium deficiency
- Benefits of Magnesium
Coaches can now treat injuries, prevent them, and increase athletic performance all at the same time. Magnesium Oil enhances recovery from athletic activity or injuries. It reduces pain and inflammation while propagating quicker regeneration of tissues. Topical application of magnesium chloride increases flexibility, which helps avoid injury. It also increases strength and endurance. Transdermal Magnesium Therapy is a boon for athletes, coaches and doctors who practice sports medicine.
Dr. Jeff Schutt says that hamstring injuries can be avoided through nutritional support because contraction and relaxation is dependent on adequate cellular levels of magnesium. “A shortened hamstring is a result of lack of available magnesium,” he says. Liquid magnesium chloride can be simply sprayed and rubbed into a sore Achilles tendon to decrease swelling. And soaking the feet in a magnesium chloride footbath is the single best thing – apart from stretching – that you can do for yourself to protect from, or recover from hamstring and other injuries.
Without magnesium, your body could not properly digest foods. Your body uses the mineral magnesium to aid in the digestion process and to help regulate copper, potassium, zinc, vitamin D and calcium levels within your body. Magnesium also helps muscles contract and activates enzymes that your body needs. Nuts, whole grains and leafy green vegetables contain magnesium.
Digestion and Enzymes
Magnesium activates enzymes that assists the body absorb and use fats, proteins and carbohydrates, according to Carolyn Dean, M.D., author of “The Magnesium Miracle” and medical director of the Nutritional Magnesium Association. Magnesium is vital for the synthesis of protein and releases enzymes that help in catalyzing most chemical reactions in your body, such as regulating body temperature. Activating enzymes lets the body digest and break down food into smaller particles for energy.
Magnesium and constipation are directly related because the entire digestive tract is essentially one long muscle. When you supplement with magnesium, you increase water in your intestines which help initiate peristalsis (the wavelike motion which moves fecal matter through your intestines). Peristalsis also pushes food into your stomach.
Producing and Transporting Energy
Magnesium works to produce and transport energy during digestion. Magnesium activates an enzyme called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, the fundamental energy storage molecule of your body. The Chinese refer to this as "qi" or energy flow, according to Dean. Magnesium allows your body to produce and store energy; without magnesium, there is no energy or movement, which means no life.
"No calcium goes into bones without magnesium.This is why people in China have much stronger bones than people in America: They get a lot more magnesium. They eat a lot less calcium. But the magnesium is key."
- Paul Pitchford
Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests – only 1% of the body's magnesium is stored in the blood.
The first symptoms of deficiency can be subtle – as most magnesium is stored in the tissues, leg cramps, foot pain, or muscle 'twitches' can be the first sign. Other early signs of deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur.
A full outline of magnesium deficiency was beautifully presented in a recent article by Dr. Sidney Baker. "Magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (or TMJ) dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can't take a deep breath. Sometimes a person may sigh a lot."
"Symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles include constipation; urinary spasms; menstrual cramps; difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar; photophobia, especially difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights in the absence of eye disease; and loud noise sensitivity from stapedius muscle tension in the ear."
Continuing with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, the central nervous system is markedly affected. Symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and premenstrual irritability. Magnesium deficiency symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations."
"Symptoms or signs of the cardiovascular system include palpitations, heart arrhythmias, and angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries, high blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse. Be aware that not all of the symptoms need to be present to presume magnesium deficiency; but, many of them often occur together. For example, people with mitral valve prolapse frequently have palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks and premenstrual symptoms. People with magnesium deficiency often seem to be "uptight." Other general symptoms include a salt craving, both carbohydrate craving and carbohydrate intolerance, especially of chocolate, and breast tenderness."
Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body including those of the brain. It is one of the most important minerals when considering supplementation because of its vital role in hundreds of enzyme systems and functions related to reactions in cell metabolism, as well as being essential for the synthesis of proteins, for the utilization of fats and carbohydrates. Magnesium is needed not only for the production of specific detoxification enzymes but is also important for energy production related to cell detoxification. A magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every system of the body.
Persons only slightly deficient in magnesium become irritable, highly-strung, and sensitive to noise, hyper-excitable, apprehensive and belligerent. If the deficiency is more severe or prolonged, they may develop twitching, tremors, irregular pulse, insomnia, muscle weakness, jerkiness and leg and foot cramps.
If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected. Clouded thinking, confusion, disorientation, marked depression and even the terrifying hallucinations of delirium tremens are largely brought on by a lack of this nutrient and remedied when magnesium is given. Because large amounts of calcium are lost in the urine when magnesium is under supplied, the lack of this nutrient indirectly becomes responsible for much rampant tooth decay, poor bone development,osteoporosis and slow healing of broken bones and fractures. With vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), magnesium helps to reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones.
Magnesium deficiency may be a common factor associated with insulin resistance. Symptoms of MS that are also symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle spasms, weakness, twitching, muscle atrophy, an inability to control the bladder, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), hearing loss, and osteoporosis. People with MS have higher rates of epilepsy than controls. Epilepsy has also been linked to magnesium deficiencies.