Magnesium, water and your heart

How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night? Some of you may have seen contradictory articles about the benefits of drinking regular water too, some saying it’s essential and some saying that’s all nonsense. As part of what I try to do at Magnesium Guru is to clear this sort of thing up.

We need water, without it we die – there’s a statement I can stand behind confidently, Regarding all the other stuff that’s claimed and counter claimed, well here’s the facts about a few of them.

waterPeople need to urinate so much at night time gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. That’s the first point cleared up.

We also need a the minimum amount of water to help flush the toxins out of your body, these are the things I can say about it without fear of contradiction.

Cardiologists will also contend that for heart health, when you drink water is also important.


2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

As many of you will already know, transdermal magnesium is about the best thing you can do to help with restless legs, however a glass of water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps and support the work being done by the magnesium.

It also has a significant role related to heart health.
Dr. Carolyn Dean, a leading advocate of magnesium supplementation and author of the seminal paper “Death by Medicine” in 2003 (identifying modern medicine as a leading cause of death in the U.S.) and the book, “The Magnesium Miracle,” your heart has the highest magnesium requirement of any organ, specifically your left ventricle.

With insufficient amounts of magnesium, your heart simply cannot function properly. Hypertension (high blood pressure), cardiac arrhythmia,11 cardiovascular disease (CVD) and sudden cardiac death are all potential effects of magnesium deficiency and/or a lopsided magnesium to calcium ratio.

Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.
The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. FYI, Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest, for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).
Please read on…
Something that we can do to help ourselves – nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.
They work much faster than the tablets.
Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It’s about Heart Attacks.
There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.
Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.
If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.
Afterwards: – Call 911. – Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.- Say “heart attack!” – Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins.
Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and …DO NOT LIE DOWN!

So I’m pretty confident that whatever you read about the need for water the above is actually provable science. Whether you’re skeptic or one of those oh so passionate activists who want to impose an unrealistic and punishing regime of water intake where you’d have to spend half the day on the toilet to comply, take the above away as the minimum you need to know about water and magnesium and heart health.

I might return to this topic for some debunking of the other claims made.


Magnesium and cancer, a tale from the good earth

In several studies regarding cancer rates around the world, it was found that Egypt has cancer rates at 10% of that in Europe and the USA. That’s right, they have 89% less cancer. Imagine the headlines if the mainstream media actually cared enough to do some more lateral thinking on this subject.

“Cancer cure found, effectively prevents 90% of all cancers….move to Egypt’

For an almost 100% cure one needs to make sure you move to the rural fellah where it’s non-existent.

The main difference was an extremely high magnesium intake of 2.5-3 g in these cancer-free populations, ten times more than in most western countries.

By the way this isn’t a new discovery. An inverse relationship between cancer prevalence and the natural magnesium content of water and of soil is reported in studies, starting more than 50 years ago.

Rural Egypt has a secret and it’s not a pyramid

A Russian report showed that stomach cancer is four times more common in the Ukraine where the magnesium content of soil and drinking water is low, than it is in Armenia where the magnesium content is more than twice as high.

Another more recent morphologic and statistical analysis of neoplastic deaths in two Polish communities disclosed a nearly three-fold higher death rate in the community with Mg-poor soil than in the one with Mg-rich soil (10%).

Leading Magnesium advocate Dr Mark Sircus states ‘Magnesium is basic to cancer treatment and its avoidance” and he continues ‘Flooding the body with magnesium increases a person’s chance of surviving cancer and living a longer pain free life.’

By flooding the body he literally means it, patients who have cancer are advised to take magnesium transdermally using sprays and high concentration magnesium baths as well as oral supplements daily and often. Unless the kidneys are compromised it’s almost impossible to overdose on magnesium.

We are not one of those dodgy clickbait health websites that hype up hope with breathless headlines promising to beat whatever disease with this weird fruit / trick or whatever. In fact we despise them. We take cancer very seriously so with that in mind…

We do not yet advocate magnesium as an alternative to established anti-cancer treatments.

We do however strongly advise that anyone already diagnosed do flood themselves with it.

We always advise everyone to keep their magnesium levels optimal at all times and the anti cancer benefits are added to all the other reasons we advocate magnesium strongly, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, even some hope perhaps.



Magnesium, Cannabis a serious double act for diabetes.

Cannabis is bizarrely still controversial, despite its ubiquitous use for recreation and medical uses in many enlightened countries, it just seems that it’s still a red rag for certain kinds of people, still a subject certain kinds of newspapers and other media to panic and become hysterical about and for certain kinds of politicians to frighten usually older people with claiming if they allow its use the world will go to hell in handcart.

It’s no coincidence that the major pharmaceutical companies rather than embrace it, universally lobby against it. Their concern isn’t your health, it’s your wallet.

One of the worlds leading advocates about magnesium is Dr Mark Sircus and he has this to say about magnesium and cannabis;

“Magnesium chloride is a potent mineral medicine, it is safe and incredibly fast-acting, as is marijuana. When magnesium is combined with cannabinoid medicine we dramatically increase the medical horsepower we are applying and can expect superior results. For many conditions, using both together will yield results much greater than when using either alone. Magnesium is the lamp of life and without it we are toast! Cannabinoids tap into communication on cellular and intracellular levels like nothing else does, orchestrating changes in people not only on physical levels but also on emotional, mental and spiritual planes of existence”

There is established medical opinion supporting the use of cannabinoid medication and transdermal magnesium chloride as a powerful alternative to traditional anti-diabetes medicine, both as an adjunct to existing treatment and also as a complete alternative to those treatments.

Inflammation plays a key role in a set of disorders that include type-2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease—collectively called the metabolic syndrome (or Syndrome X). Dr. Steve Shoelson, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School has focused squarely on inflammation. Epidemiologists have found that patients with type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease have slightly elevated levels of inflammatory markers in their bloodstream.

In another report by Dr. Andrzej Mazur said, “Magnesium deficiency induces a systemic stress response by activation of neuro endocrinological pathways. Magnesium deficiency contributes to an exaggerated response to immune stress and oxidative stress is the consequence of the inflammatory response.”

Magnesium improves and helps correct insulin sensitivity, which is the fundamental defect that characterizes pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome and even full blown diabetes and heart disease. An intracellular enzyme called tyrosine kinase requires magnesium to allow insulin to exert its blood-sugar-lowering effects. In several studies, daily oral magnesium supplementation substantially improved insulin sensitivity by 10% and reduced blood sugar by 37%.

This numbers alone will actually resolve many early stages of diabetes without resorting to conventional medicines, The Magnesium Guru believe that anyone who has been diagnosed as pre-diabetic from an A1CL (fasting) blood test should begin using transdermal magnesium immediately and test again for two months.

They should of course make the dietary changes suggested by the doctors as well, all diabetes treatment requires lifestyle change, by adding magnesium to those changes is a viable alternative to conventional medication and the associated side effects.

If it’s available in your area then medical cannabinoid medication will only enhance the benefits of transdermal magnesium.

Magnesium for Dummies, it’s that easy

Yes, we all need it, but why, and what is it and what does it do?

Magnesium is the 8th most common mineral in the Earth’s crust. It is important for humans but equally as important for animals and plants. In fact all of life on Earth is based around the Magnesium atom, the organising ion in Chlorophyl, which is responsible for the process of photosynthesis. Without Magnesium we would not be here at all!

“It truly is an amazing mineral.”

We all need Magnesium which according to the Australian Ministry of Health is required for more than 300 functions of the human body’s biochemistry. We need it for energy, brain function, DNA function, muscle and nerve function and blood glucose levels as well as the proper functioning of the heart. Magnesium may also prevent problems during pregnancy. So are we getting enough through our diets?

Medical references. Medical references re deficiencies

The soils in many countries may be woefully deficient in Magnesium. Therefore it simply does not enter the food chain in adequate amounts for ongoing health. Additionally, almost every single drug from headache tablets to antibiotics can cause a significant drainage of Magnesium from the body. (Medical references below) Any use of energy also uses large amounts of Magnesium. We need to take it regularly just to keep up our normal levels. Yet tablets and powders simply can not provide an adequate replacement due to their (magnesium oxide) bioavailability being as little as 10% of intake. (Cohen medical ref below.)

The acidity levels of our digestive systems makes it very difficult to absorb Magnesium from anything we put in our mouths. Magnesium requires a very low PH level to be able to dissolve and be absorbed into the intestines. Foods which may contain high levels of Magnesium, such as brown rice and oat bran, may actually be very poor in terms of bio-availability due to their mineral content being bound to phytates. We cannot digest these at all and so do not get the benefits. Similarly, taking oral supplements can impede magnesium uptake as does alcohol, coffee, sugar and stress. Excessive sweating from exercise can do the same thing.

High doses of magnesium taken orally may become problematic for the GI tract. Basically, they can upset your digestive system causing nausea and diarrhoea.

So transdermal or topical magnesium avoids the digestive system completely, thus avoids the digestive problems. In the words of M. Sircus:

“Traditional methods of administering medicine such as tablets or capsules get watered down and become much less effective due to stomach acids and digestive enzymes, before they eventually get into the bloodstream. Bypassing the stomach and liver means a much greater percentage of the active ingredient goes straight into the bloodstream where it’s needed. In many cases, trans-dermal methods are used to help avoid potential side effects. The full potential for trans-dermal medicine has not been explored by modern medicine though it has been practiced for thousands of years in hot springs around the world.”


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Magnesium is an effective insomnia treatment

Magnesium insomnia treatment

In her book The Sleep Solution, Emily Benfit documents the vast amount of sleeping supplements that are currently on the market, with a number of commonly known ones that may actually surprise you in their effectiveness (or lack thereof).

 “Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant. It accomplishes this by moving calcium out of the muscles, and back into the bloodstream where it can be mobilized elsewhere.” – The Sleep Solution

It’s the job of magnesium to induce those sleepy states so that you can get to sleep.  Although you may think you’re getting an adequate supply of magnesium in your diet, Emily makes note that our digestive system actually has a tough time at taking full advantage of magnesium, absorbing only 50% of the magnesium we consume. There are some serious studies that also indicate that up to 75% of people in the west are magnesium deficient.

How to get the most out of magnesium for helping sleep

There are a lot of ways you can take magnesium for sleep: oral supplements are not very effective because magnesium in its oral form is an effective laxative. The best method is transdermally­­—through the skin, either in bath with magnesium flakes or with magnesium oil you can rub into your skin which is the most effective way of getting magnesium into your bloodstream.

I have found it’s best rubbed into the top of the feet, a few minutes later…Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

In The Sleep Solution, Emily agrees…

“Spraying magnesium oil “onto your feet, torso, or arms and legs, preferably before bedtime, as magnesium can make you feel nice and sleepy!”

Get your dreams back, you deserve to at least try a magnesium insomnia treatment, we recommend the Amazing Oils brand because we use it and we love it and they’re a lovely family business who genuinely care about their customers.

Transdermal magnesium Vs oral supplements

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Why taking magnesium orally doesn’t do the job

One of the things I hear most often is ‘Oh yeah I know about magnesium and it’s included in my Multi Vitamin so y’know…’
It’s really hard to not grrr when I hear this.

Magnesium taken as a tablet will have minimal impact on your magnesium levels because…get ready….

Magnesium taken orally is essentially a laxative.

I don’t know how much more clearly I can put it. Oral magnesium supplements do not stay in the gut long enough for the magnesium to be absorbed in enough amounts to make any real difference.

The transdermal (via the skin) root has been shown in clinical studies of the highest standards to do that for you, only transdermal magnesium will get you to the levels you need to deal with your symptoms and raise and sustain the levels to the right amounts for your body.

When I hear of people taking magnesium orally I often think of this video:

I am often asked which brand of magnesium I recommend for different conditions and I always answer with the one I was first given following my accident. This is an Australian brand and it’s harvested from pristine sources in the Aussie desert. I’ve tried the Chinese and the Dutch sourced ones but I didn’t feel the benefit so much, this might be psychological I know but hey, you do ask me what I use so here it is. I’d start with a big 250ml if I were you, it will last for ages. Their website has loads of good info and can be found by clicking here.




Muscle pains & cramp eased

Magnesium for muscle pain and cramps

Whether you a gym fanatic, or just like to stay in shape this will be your secret weapon in fast, effective recovery. Ease muscle pain and inflammation instantly by applying the Magnesium directly to the site of tension.

For best results use pre, post (and even during) your activity.
Magnesium is vital for muscle contraction, bone strength and energy production. It also assists in sustaining high oxygen consumption and elasticizing bronchial tubes (makes breathing easier under physical stress).

The Magnesium you may already have in your system is lost through sweating and urination. So those who are active require more than those who are sedentary.

We suggest the following product: Amazing Oils Magnesium for muscle pain and cramps.