Transdermal Magnesium: Magnesium via skin
The great benefit of Transdermal Magnesium is that you absorb magnesium via the skin much more efficiently than if you were to ingest tablets and powders, which are hard to digest and absorb properly through the bowel wall. Most people are lucky if they even get 20%of the magnesium from tablets making it to the tissue cells of the body.
The majority is excreted too fast. If you try to compensate by taking extra oral doses then you liquefy your stool, in which case the magnesium is lost too quickly and doesn’t make it to the cells anyway.
Transdermal Magnesium Delivery
Transdermal absorption of minerals has been done for thousands of years as people discovered that when they soaked in mineral-rich hot springs, they would have a healing effect and rejuvenation. This process was tested in studies by the Russians last century and it is called ‘Balneotherapy’.
Now you can do it much more cheaply in the comfort of your own home via foot soaking in a bucket of hot water and a tablespoon of Magnesium Salt Flakes for half an hour (or having a bath in it).
We have also made a high concentration magnesium water-based solution called ‘Magnesium Oil Spritz‘ with aromatherapy fragrances to use as a body spray for spot treating tight muscles or sore joints, pain or swelling. It’s great to add into a massage too.
Also you can absorb magnesium with our Magnesium Cream with specially blended natural plant oils infused magnesium chloride hexahydrate (15%). Not only is it a superb moisturizer, keeping the skin hydrated, soft and supple, but it is also a delivery system for magnesium. 13g (about a dessertspoonful) gives you 300mg of elemental magnesium, which is an average daily dose if you are reasonably healthy.
However, people dealing with high stress, excessive physical exercise, sleep deprivation, drugs, burns, operations or any other traumas or stresses, will need higher amounts – some as much as 1,000mg magnesium per day, in order to restore equilibrium in the body and replace what is lost or to assist healing.
Some people need to use all of the above delivery systems if they have high magnesium deficiency. The more opportunity you give your body to absorb what it needs the better. The body only takes up the pure mineral ions. You can never overdose via the skin, as absorption stops when saturation is reached. The danger is not in getting too much, but in not getting enough magnesium.
Think of it as offering your body a ‘smorgasbord’ of magnesium minerals and trace elements to choose from what it needs. You don’t know how much your body needs, but it does. This need will also change from day to day depending on stresses (as magnesium is wasted under stress). Remember, there is only 1% of magnesium in blood plasma, and it is transient, so blood tests for magnesium can be very inaccurate. 99% of magnesium is in the tissue cells. When your body recovers its proper magnesium reserves, the symptoms of magnesium deficiency disappear.
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include: heart arrhythmias, chronic fatigue, headaches, muscles cramps, twitches and restless legs, acute stress response, irritability and anxiety, insulin and blood sugar (metabolism) disorders, dry skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis, joint pain, inflammation, immune system disorders, vascular tension and high blood pressure and hypercalcaemia (depositing excess calcium in the soft tissue and joints).
Magnesium is the master mineral – the trunk of the nutritional tree that supports and enhances enzyme activity and the work of other nutrients. It is the main building block of the cell and regulator of our nervous system and electrolyte balance. Magnesium is essential in ATP energy production in the cells, repairing DNA links, and it assists in detoxification.
Chronic magnesium deficiency over time leads to degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, immune system disorders and cancer. In other words, low magnesium makes us age and decay faster.[social_buttons]
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