What Is Magnesium and why is it critical?
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals in the body, as it’s involved in a large number of biochemical processes that are crucial for proper metabolic function. It is an essential mineral, one of seven essential macro minerals, that the human body needs in large quantities. The body does not produce magnesium. The magnesium your body needs must come from outside sources. The importance of magnesium is often overlooked and underestimated, which is why approximately 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this mineral. What many fail to realize is that magnesium not only supports various physiological functions, but also helps improve overall health. One of the most important benefits associated with higher magnesium intake is improved mitochondrial function. To give you a background, the mitochondria are considered the powerhouse of your cells. They produce the energy that your body organs use in order to function properly — this energy is known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Mitochondrial dysfunction is one of the culprits behind many health problems, so it’s important to make sure that these tiny organelles in your cells are always in good shape. This is where magnesium comes into play. Magnesium is also an essential element in the construction of the cell membrane and vitally important to the electrolyte balance of cells. In that the heart is composed of cells, magnesium plays a role in the integral strength of the heart muscle itself. When magnesium levels begin to get too low the body tries very hard to adapt, but these basic functions of energy production and cell structure can be affected, and when they are, symptoms of heart or cardiovascular disease can begin to manifest. Magnesium is important to so many aspects of the cell both in structure and function—at the cellular level, the microcellular level and the protein structure level—that lack of magnesium will be first felt there. Without enough magnesium, the cell is no longer able to keep up the proper number of high-energy molecules (ATP) to healthfully function. But it doesn’t stop there. Once magnesium falls down below a certain level, just about everything starts to go. The sodium balance starts to go and the electrolyte balance starts to go. The cell is not able to have a fully and optimally functional membrane system. Calcium and sodium start to rush into areas where they normally would not be and the cell begins to lose its ability to properly alternate of "wave" between active and inactive states. Unless there is an influx of essential magnesium in proper balance with other electrolytes, the cell just starts to get weaker and weaker because it doesn’t have the energy to do all the things it needs to do.
Symptoms of Low Magnesium
“Magnesium deficiency is one of the most common nutritional problems in the industrialized world today. This deficiency is the result of agricultural practices, food preparation techniques, and dietary trends. The health implications are nothing short of catastrophic.” -Mark Sircus, Ac, OMD, author of “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy”
Since magnesium is a necessary co-factor for no less than 300 enzyme-driven processes in the body, it stands to reason that when your magnesium levels are suboptimal, there will be consequences. Listed here are some common symptoms and some the conditions associated with low magnesium. Many of these symptoms go unrecognized by most health care professionals and therefore go untreated. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you many need to increase your magnesium intake.
Classic Symptoms of Hypomagnesemia (clinically low serum magnesium)
Symptoms associated with Low Levels of Serum Magnesium
- Lethargy & Fatigue.
- Tics, especially facial
- Hyperactive reflexes
- Impaired muscle coordination(ataxia)
- Involuntary eye movements
- Difficulty swallowing
- Increased intracellular calcium
- Calcium deficiency
- Potassium deficiency
- Irregular or rapid heartbeat (arrythmia)
- Coronary spasms
- “Failure to thrive” in children
- Insomnia & changes in sleep
- Irritability & anxiety
- Impaired memory & cognitive function
- Dizziness & vertigo
- Anxiety & panic attacks
- Behavioral disturbances
- Anorexia or loss of appetite
- Nausea & vomiting
- Acid reflux
- General weakness
- Numbness & tingling
- Muscle spasms (tetany)
- Muscle cramps
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Parkinson’s disease
- Cluster headaches
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Chest pain (angina)
- Coronary artery disease
- Type II diabetes
Who’s at Risk?
Most of us are deficient in magnesium. As much as 80% of the population is magnesium deficient. Yet even if your doctor tests you for magnesium deficiency, chances are, you'll test negative. Unfortunately, a blood test doesn't measure it. Less than 1 percent of the body's magnesium is in the blood. Magnesium stores are mostly in muscle and other cells. Although there are sophisticated medical tests - the easiest is by symptoms. If someone has any muscle cramping, twitches, muscle tightness, etc., for example, chances are they are magnesium deficient. The blood test commonly done in doctors’ offices measures serum magnesium levels. This method does not give the best information on intracellular magnesium levels. In other words, the test does not efficiently measure the magnesium level within the cell where 99% of the magnesium in the body is found. Even if your magnesium level is normal via serum blood test, it actually tells us nothing about what the intra-cellular level of magnesium is. And it turns out that the inter-cellular level of magnesium is where it has all the beneficial effects. While you'd usually supplement deficient minerals through diet, unfortunately, when it comes to magnesium, that's kind of tough. The soils our foods are grown in are magnesium deficient , which means that our foods aren’t as magnesium rich as they once were. A hundred years ago we were able to get five hundred milligrams per day of Magnesium. Today we get closer to two hundred milligrams per day. Conditions such as, low pH, low temperatures, dry soil conditions and high levels of competing elements, such as potassium and calcium, reduce the availability of magnesium. Under such conditions, magnesium deficiency is more likely. Even if you are eating plenty of “magnesium rich’” foods like dark leafy greens, chocolate and nuts like walnuts, chances are your body is not getting the magnesium it needs at the cellular level. Furthermore, modern food processing also reduces magnesium levels. That coupled with the higher amount of stress in our average busy lives, exposure to higher levels of environmental toxicity in our air, water and homes, many of us are experiencing signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency that go unrecognized and undiagnosed. Why Transdermal? So why not take an oral supplement to compensate for all this magnesium we’re not getting? It is well documented that most of the magnesium in oral capsule supplements is lost in the digestive system or eliminated by the body, not reaching the cells that need it! Magnesium taken orally can give people loose bowel movements or even diarrhea, making it a slightly less than ideal way to add it to your daily regimen. But more important, we actually absorb magnesium at a much faster rate through the skin. A lot of people don’t even realize that skin is an organ. Whatever you put on your body goes into the bloodstream so much faster than what you put in your stomach. This type of delivery is known as transdermal. Magnesium chloride is safely and easily absorbed via the surface of the skin, which is largest organ of the body, and provides a large surface area through which magnesium may be absorbed. Magnesium chloride is uniquely ideal for transdermal use because it rapidly makes available magnesium to muscles and other tissues. Transdermal magnesium therapy offers significant advantages when compared to other forms of magnesium therapy. It offers the most rapid uptake of magnesium into the body, except for perhaps intravenous injection. Intravenous injection, however, is expensive, typically painful, and must be administered by a doctor. In contrast, transdermal application is cost-effective, easy, and can be done anywhere, and at any time. Dr. Mark Sircus, Author of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, has also noted that magnesium chloride is the preferred form of magnesium because the body easily absorbs it and retains it. “What we have found is that magnesium chloride, applied transdermally, is the ideal magnesium delivery system – with health benefits unequalled in the entire world of medicine.”-Mark Sircus, Ac, OMD, author of “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” Magnesium oil is safely and easily absorbed through skin and rapidly increases the amount of magnesium in muscles and other tissues. It also makes magnesium available to cells, where it is known to perform critical roles in energy production (ATP), cardiovascular health, pain relief, detoxification, and in balancing the effects of calcium (and other minerals) and improving assimilation, enzyme reactions, skin health.I n a 2010 study, patients using transdermal magnesium therapy saw increases in their cellular magnesium levels after just 12 weeks, with an average increase of 25.2 percent. And since magnesium plays a crucial role in more than 300 daily biochemical reactions, increasing your magnesium levels in this way is essential for better health. Magnesium chloride’s benefits and advantages include:
- Easily recognized by the body as a natural form
- Readily absorbed and assimilated
- Exceptionally safe. Magnesium chloride is among the safest forms of magnesium.
- Supports detoxification
- Defends body from infectious diseases of viral and bacterial origin
- Natural disinfectant
Preferred form for transdermal applications due to effectiveness, higher rates of absorption and retention, and safety. Magnesium chloride is the best form for transdermal application.
Why Naturally Sourced Magnesium Chloride Is Preferred
There’s nothing new about soaking in magnesium rich natural waters. Our ancestors have been doing it for thousands of years in naturally occurring seawater and mineral springs. And thanks to some modern know how, now so can you. It makes sense to us, and is aligned with our philosophy, that the more natural and pure a substance is, the more beneficial and least harmful it will be used as a remedy. Thats why we chose the purest source of magnesium chloride we could find, sourced from the ancient deposits at the Zechstein Seabed. There are several types of magnesium chloride available for transdermal use. The least desirable among these forms is chemically-synthesized magnesium chloride hexahydrate. It lacks the broad spectrum of minerals found in natural sources of magnesium chloride. This form also tends to exhibit greater levels of contamination, including potentially harmful heavy metal contamination. One form of natural magnesium chloride is derived from condensed seawater. This form is more desirable than synthetic magnesium chloride because it contains natural minerals found in the ocean, and it usually contains lower levels of contaminants. The purity of magnesium chloride sourced from seawater depends on several factors, including the location of the source, and the processing methods used for filtration and purification. The purest form of magnesium chloride is sourced from ancient seabeds, and more exactly from the Zechstein seabed in northern Europe. This ancient seabed lies a mile deep below the surface of the earth. The seabed formed over 250 million years ago. The pure magnesium chloride deposits in this seabed have never been exposed to modern pollution or industrial contaminants and remain protected deep beneath the earth. This form of magnesium exhibits the highest purity known among magnesium chloride sources. We are pleased to feature only the highest quality genuine Zechstein magnesium chloride in all our products.
What is Aromatherapy?
At Bhakti Botanicals we had the inspiration to combine the benefits of transdermal magnesium therapy with the extra benefits of aromatherapy. In addition to making our formulas, BALANCE (featuring organic clary sage and geranium eo),and RELAX (featuring organic lavender eo), smell uplifting and delicious, theres some proven benefits as well. Some of these include:
- manage pain
- improve sleep quality
- reduce stress, agitation, and anxiety
- soothe sore joints
- treat headaches and migraines
- alleviate side effects of chemicals
- ease discomforts of labor
- fight bacteria, virus, or fungus
- improve digestion
- boost immunity
- Improve skin health
Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health. Aromatherapy is thought of as both an art and a science. Recently, aromatherapy has gained more recognition in the fields of science and medicine. Humans have used aromatherapy for thousands of years. . Ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt, and elsewhere incorporated aromatic plant components in resins, balms, and oils. These natural substances were used for medical and religious purposes. They were known to have both physical and psychological benefits. Again, in alignment with our brands commitment to quality, we use only the highest quality organic therapeutic-grade essential oils available. We source our essential oils from Miracle Botanicals who painstakingly search the globe for the finest essential oils available, often from small farms produced in small batches. Visit miraclebotanicals.com to learn more about their exceptional product line.
How Do I Use Mag-Ease Transdermal Magnesium Oil?
A very common question we get asked is "how do I use magnesium oil?”. The answer is quite simple actually, you can use it anywhere you’d like. There are variety of ways that you can apply Mag-Ease depending upon your needs. The most common way is to spray 5-20 pumps to the whole body and rub in vigorously until fully absorbed. You can either leave the oil on at that point and go about your day, (or night) , or leave the magnesium oil on for at least 20 minutes to let it fully absorb, and then rinse it off in a warm shower. 5 pumps being a starting point for those with sensitive skin, and 20 pumps being an optimal amount to work up to. One of the benefits of using a topical supplement (aside from effective and safe absorption by the body), is it’s ease and convenience. Best of all, you can adjust its application to accommodate your symptoms or lifestyle. Here are some suggestions for specific issues and how best to get quick relief:
For insomnia General daily application, anywhere you’d like on your body, will help restore your Magnesium levels.If done on regular basis, this should greatly improve your ability to get a deeper, more restful nights sleep. Another suggestion is to apply your Mag-Ease Magnesium Oil to your lower legs, and soles of your feet 20 minutes before bed.
- For Swift Relief of Pain Simply apply Mag-Ease Magnesium Oil to where it hurts. If you have sore knees, spray some on that area and massage it in. If your back hurts, spray and massage into that area If you experience muscle cramping in your legs or calves, apply and massage there.
For Headaches & Migraines To relieve acute symptoms , apply your Mag-Ease to the neck and shoulders. You can also massage into the temples. For prevention of chronic symptoms, it is recommended to apply daily on a consistent basis to raise overall magnesium levels throughout the body. General application will increase your overall Magnesium levels. This is key to prevention.
For Women with PMS and Cramps Depending on where the pain in, apply your Magnesium Oil either to the lower abdominal area or lower back. You cannot overdose when using Magnesium transdermally so feel free to apply morning and night or as required.
For Magnesium Supplementation in General To raise overall magnesium levels generally, we advise several sprays onto your stomach , or any other soft tissue area you prefer, morning and night. The key with using Magnesium Oil Transdermally as a supplement is to be consistent! Use it daily and regularly, and you will experience benefits. It can take some time in very deficient individuals to restore a balance, so please be patient.
Why Does Magnesium Oil Sting?
Many first time users have been daunted by the experience of stinging or itching when first using a transdermal magnesium product . They may even throw their hands in the air and declare that magnesium oil doesn’t work, or at least not for them. Please don’t let yourself be turned off by this normal initial reaction. Burning and itchiness is entirely normal at first and not a cause for concern. There is a very strong link between low levels of magnesium in the body and the stinging caused by magnesium oil so given that up to 80% of the population may be magnesium deficiency it’s no wonder that many people have this reaction when first introduced. In many cases, people who experience this burning. Itching sensation during, or after applying magnesium oil believe that their skin is sensitive to magnesium This isn’t always the case though. There are other possible reasons why magnesium oil can cause skin tingling, and itching. Here are a couple major ones to be aware of:
You’ve Got a Deficiency The most likely reason Magnesium oil causing itchiness can be the sign of low serum levels of the mineral in your body. So the greater the burn/itch, the greater the deficit. Itchiness is often a side effect when magnesium deficient skin is first introduced to Magnesium Oil. This "urgency reaction" (vasodilation), causes the blood vessels to open quickly, creating friction under the skin. If you’re able to understand and trust that this is a normal reaction when first used, you can rest more easily in the knowledge that this reaction is temporary, and will greatly reduce in intensity the more often and consistently you use Mag-Ease. Patience and Persistence will make all the difference in Your success story with transdermal magnesium therapy.
You Applied Too Much A common mistake many people make is to do too much at first and then get turned off to the product because of the itch. Slathering yourself in a large amount of magnesium oil would seem to make sense if you are worried about being deficient. However, the logic here is faulty. Drastically increasing the amount of magnesium oil (too much, too fast), may contribute to the uncomfortable itching/stinging sensation. We advise gradually getting your body get used to Mag-Ease transdermal magnesium oil, especially if you are a first-time user. We recommend beginning with 5 pumps (or less if you are having a strong reaction), and working up to 20 pumps applied comfortably. Just go slow at first to make sure you are building up your body’s tolerance. In a short time you will be able to tolerate more and more and this is a great sign that your serum magnesium levels are rising. We sincerely hope that your experience of Mag-Ease Transdermal Magnesium Oil is wonderful and Healing.
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