Magnesium - Because We Like Baths Too

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Magnesium - Because We Like Baths Too

Feeling tired, run down, stressed? Sure – life is busy and there’s always something else that needs attending to – but could there be another underlying reason why we feel so poorly so much of the time?

Prolonged stress causes Magnesium to leech out of the body. This happens very quickly if the emotions are not brought back into line

Feelings of irritability, nervousness, and being unable to relax may very well be signs your body is telling you that you need magnesium. Without sufficient magnesium, nerve cells become excitable and over-reactive – even in the absence of stressful conditions.

The body only absorbs around 20% - 50% of ingested Magnesium

Crappy diets - rich in sugar and processed foods and low in high quality fats - alongside stressful lifestyles and mineral-poor produce have created a literal epidemic of Magnesium deficiency in Western countries around the world today.

Magnesium Deficiency

In your body, magnesium is the ‘go to guy’ for over 300 enzymatic reactions. In the case of deficiency – which is a worldwide problem- not having enough magnesium plays havoc with your bodily systems.

Without magnesium the body’s muscles would be in a permanent state of contraction – Magnesium is essential for muscle relaxation.

Before you rush out to your doctor and have a blood serum test to check your magnesium levels – it might be more worthwhile to ask yourself if you are experiencing any of the classic symptoms of magnesium deficiency. These can include hyperactivity, sleep disorders, anxiety, muscle cramps, facial tics, and chronic pain. Be aware also that under conditions of prolonged stress your body will lose more magnesium than usual, lowering your stress defences and adding to magnesium depletion.

What do we do about it?

A multi-pronged approach to boosting your levels is the best option.

The first thing to do is to increase your intake of magnesium rich foods. Examples include quinoa, buckwheat, hemp seeds, spinach and soybeans.

Another excellent method of increasing your magnesium levels is transdermally – that’s right – through the skin. Transdermal magnesium is currently available in a variety of methods: a spray-on magnesium oil, magnesium bath flakes, and a magnesium lotion, convenient for massage applications.

The beauty of transdermal supplementation of magnesium is that it bypasses the digestive tract thereby eliminating the problems of irritation and diarrhoea. From the skin it is directly absorbed into the cells. There are also secondary benefits from using magnesium transdermally including relief from psoriasis, eczema, muscle cramps and pain

Benefits of Transdermal Magnesium

The benefits of upping your levels of magnesium cannot be understated. That said – here are a few of the benefits you can expect to feel once you bring your magnesium quota back up to par:

  •      Healthy skin and much less outbreaks of eczema and psoriasis
  •      Better energy levels and improved moods
  •      Improved athletic performance
  •      Less muscle aches, pains, cramping and spasms
  •      Better relaxation and stress management capabilities

Magnesium Oils and bath salts achieve all these very nicely. There’s not much more relaxing in this world than a before-bed-bath to soak the days stress away with Magnesium Bath Flakes. Another excellent option is to use a good magnesium based body moisturising lotion. Not only will this reinvigorate the skin, leaving it feeling supple and smooth, it will also assist with rehydrating and undoing damage caused by over exposure to the sun. Even better still, it can double as a massage oil for when you really need that extra bit of pampered relaxation.

Shaun Trevethan

Chief Editor -Imagine If Distribution



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