October 27, 2017; By Briana McDonald, Staff Writer, Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (UtopiaSilver.com) Magnesium is one of the most commonly used nutrients in our bodies. This nutrient alone is essential for over 300 biochemical processes and a deficiency in this nutrient could/will bring about serious health consequences. With the U.S. Department of Agriculture saying that around 60% of adults in the U.S. do not consume the average requirement of magnesium (which is already set to a low standard) it’s no wonder why so many of us are disease ridden, malnourished and don’t understand why we feel so exhausted and depleted all of the time. Our cells need calcium to contract and magnesium to relax, a deficiency in magnesium means our cells, tissues, organs, nervous system are in a constant state of tension. It’s no wonder so many of us are stressed to the max! Our bodies are screaming for more magnesium we just don’t know how to read the symptoms for ourselves. The link between stress and magnesium deficiency is obvious and here’s how we can remedy the negative effects of not getting enough of this precious nutrient.
- soil depletion, genetically modified foods and the chemicals in our food have created a recipe for disaster. As minerals are stripped away and no longer available in the soil, the percentage available in food has dramatically decreased
- digestive diseases like leaky gut causes malabsorption of minerals including magnesium.
- chronic disease and medication use is sky rocketing and medication damage the gut which is responsible for absorbing magnesium from our food. (1)
- leg cramps
- muscle pain/ fibromyalgia
- high blood pressure
- heart arrythmia
- type II diabetes
- migraine headaches
1. Food and Supplement
Consume foods rich in magnesium like kelp, halibut, mackerel, cocoa, wheat germ, leafy greens, nuts and seeds. It can be difficult to eat enough of these foods to ensure you are getting adequate amounts of magnesium.Try adding vibrant greens to fruit smoothies to get more magnesium each day.
Taking magnesium supplements like Membrane Complex can also help you consume more magnesium. Some supplements can have a laxative side effect. If you are sensitive to magnesium supplements it is best to take magnesium transdermally.
2. Magnesium Oil
Magnesium Oil can be rubbed or sprayed on your skin. Some people find that it leaves their skin feeling a little itchy and dry. If you don’t like the feeling of the magnesium oil you can spray in on your skin and leave it on for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you can shower off the oil. I personally like to spray it on the soles of my feet, rub them for about 5 minutes, then put socks over them. It helps me to feel so relaxed!
3. Swim in the ocean
Ocean water is rich in magnesium! If you live near a beach, take a swim in the ocean and absorb the magnesium.
4. Epsom Salt Baths or Magnesium Chloride Baths
Take an epsom salt bath or magnesium flake bath 2-3 times a week or daily if you can. Dr.Carolyn Dean suggested 2 cups of epsom salts for baths and 1 cup of epsom salts in foot baths.
Make sure to use a chlorine bath ball to filter chlorine from your bath. If you don’t have a chlorine filter you can add bentonite clay into your bath water. The bentonite clay will help to absorb a lot of the chlorine in the water. (4)
Briana McDonald, Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine Staff Writer