Endurance athletes you need to know…

If you’re a specialist athlete into endurance sports then you will be aware of your body’s higher nutrient requirements.

Magnesium is one of those nutrients. High-performance athletes have a faster turnover of energy, use their muscles more, put greater stress on their bones and sweat more, so it stands to reason they require more magnesium.

Magnesium is an electrolyte — the importance of replenishing your body of it after you’ve been sweating for an extended period of time can not be stressed enough.

According to “Magnesium is one of the most important nutrients for athletes who want to maximize athletic performance. It’s involved in optimizing strength, energy metabolism and protein synthesis—all key factors for athletic success. Magnesium also has a protective effect against stress and may enhance recovery from intense exercise.”

Where they go wrong is of course by recommending oral magnesium because as we mention often, it’s rather pointless as most is lost in the gut.

Due to industrial farming practices, most soil is lacking in nutrients, which translates into fewer nutrients in our food. Therefore, using a transdermal spray, roll on or flakes is the best way to get the results you want and it works real quick too.

Fibromyalgia help & hope

The journey to discovering you have this disease is itself often a painful one. Orthopaedic doctors, Neurologists and even sometimes the Psychiatrist have been involved and we know of people who have had multiple investigative surgeries, without success but plenty of scar tissue to show for it.

It’s as if the medical world has a blind spot for this syndrome.

The pain is real enough though. Magnesium can offer help and hope and if you are the end of a long diagnostic journey, you know that hope is important, hope for a good night’s sleep, hope for a pain free day, hope for the old you to make a comeback.

As a sufferer you will already know that the root cause of Fibromyalgia is still poorly understood.

What is known is that the cause is thought to have multiple triggers and sources.

Below is a list of the symptoms commonly associated with Fibromyalgia:

Common symptoms include:

Morning stiffness
Irregular sleep patterns
An irritable bowel
Painful menstrual periods (Dysmenorrhea)
Hands and feet tingle and can feel numb
Restless leg syndrome
Sensitivity to cold or heat
Fibro fog (memory problems, cognitive problems).

The following signs and symptoms are also possible

Widespread pain
Problems with vision
Pelvic and urinary problems
Weight gain
Cold/flu like symptoms
Jaw pain and stiffness
Skin problems
Chest symptoms
Myofascial pain syndrome (pain/tiredness in muscles and adjacent fibrous tissues)
Breathing problems.

When I first came across people with ‘fibro’ I was somewhat amazed because so many things on that list (by no means all) are also the same symptoms that dagnesium deficiency produces.

Whilst we are not suggesting that magnesium deficiency is yet another possible cause, we do know that topical magnesium can often be very effective at tackling and alleviating those same symptoms.

We personally know people who have many of these symptoms. Magnesium is helping them today and every day to get their lives back on track, on their own terms.

Try it now. If you get relief from just one of those symptoms it will be worth it. If you get relief from more than one, we expect you’ll be shouting it from the rooftops, in the gym, on the sports field, the swimming pool, the dance floor and all those other places. You can be more like the person you were before this entered your life.

As always with our blog posts we have to state that we are not talking about oral magnesium supplements (tablets and powders) as they just don’t always work to raise your magnesium levels, much is lost in the gut (and oral magnesium is a laxative too.)

If you have tried oral magnesium tablets for your Fibromyalgia and it didn’t work, you shouldn’t give up on magnesium, you should be taking it correctly and that is topically. (Via the skin).

Most sufferers have already come to the end of their tether, tired and disillusioned with all the claims of a cure. This actually works. If you disagree, we will cheerfully refund your money.

We suggest you start with bath flakes so you can immerse yourself in all that good magnesium.

This helps lower back pain

Have you ever experienced back pain? Most of us have.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics National Board of Health in 2012 said that a whopping 90% of us will experience this debilitating problem at some time. An orthopaedic surgeon I know suggested that, in his view, because we have evolved faster than other mammals, our lumbar vertebrae are simply not designed to be bearing the weight of an upright spine. It’s an interesting theory, especially since most lower-back problems occur around L4 and L5 in the lower back.

The lifestyle we have racing ahead of the bodies ability to adapt is well promoted theory for many things, including why we still have an appendix but not why men have nipples, no-one knows that.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases lists many other options which mainly come back to being unfit, a symptom of our increasingly sedentary lifestyle. The best things you can do is to stay fit (though this does not always work…see story below) and avoid getting too overweight.

At Magnesium Guru we obviously know the power of transdermal magnesium is at treating lower back pain. Daily use can have a dramatic and immediate impact. I have lost count of how many people who have thanked us for introducing them to this simple and cost effective treatment. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose from trying it.

How much Magnesium do you need?

How much is too much? What is not enough? Many of you are asking about testing your Magnesium levels. Normal blood tests can be ineffective due to the amount of Magnesium in your blood being generally less than 1%. Add to this the fact that your levels (in the blood) can go up and down dramatically within an hour. There are certain tests such as hair analysis and red blood cell RBC testing which will give a clear reading of your previous Magnesium levels.

Overall though, we feel it may be best to use common sense and your own symptomatic gauge. By that I mean keep an awareness of any symptoms that may point to a deficiency in your Magnesium levels. Again, these symptoms can change from day to day, but it will give you a sense of what works for you and additionally will provide you with an increased awareness of your own body and mind. Do remember that it is almost impossible to overdose through the skin (although I will write about that rare possibility of Hyper-magnesia later.)

I bathe in the magnesium flakes 2 times a week which keeps my body well topped-up.

If I bathe less then I use the spray on my feet at night before sleep.

I know, it seems like almost everything is Magnesium related. It may well be the case. One great aspect of using the Amazing Oils is that you do not have to wait for weeks to see if it improves any of the above problems. You can rub some into your skin and know the answer quickly. If the symptom persists then at least you will know that it is not a simple dropping of your Magnesium levels and that it might be time to visit the doc. Coffee, sugar, alcohol and exercise can all lessen magnesium uptake in your body. I am not trying to be a killjoy, but if you do overindulge now and again, be aware and give yourself some extra Magnesium spray to counteract the effects and raise your levels again.

As you may already know, oral supplementation can be inefficient when compared to trans-dermal (topical) application. Using oral supplements which contain magnesium oxide means absorption can be as low as 4%! That’s 96% wastage!

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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Are you choosing to cramp? Choose not to

Sports injury medicine and sports science even at the basic amateur levels have come a long way since the days of the ‘magic sponge’ and a bucket.

For younger readers I reassure you that this is true, in the old days, on injury to a player, the managers best mate/physio would run on the pitch with a bucket and sponge and the fear of infection from that was enough to see any prima donna center forward jump up and run around like a startled fawn.

Ahh the good old days. Those days are gone, thankfully.

Most of us now know that we use warm-ups and warm downs to prevent cramps and injuries and that engaging in any sports activity without either is just just asking for trouble.

We’ve known for a decade that topical magnesium provides a valuable lactic acid buffer for the lactic acid produced by exercise and sports.

Thus it goes without saying that using it can greatly help in stopping cramps or even eliminate them altogether.

Magnesium is also an essential mineral for everyone, and even more so for athletes because it’s vital for optimal muscle contraction, skeletal strength, energy production and assists in sustaining the high oxygen consumption necessary for athletic performance.

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.

Magnesium & pregnancy

Transdermal Magnesium and pregnancy, an essential addition.

A baby will grow 10,000 times larger in the first month of a pregnancy and that level of growth puts a huge demand on the body’s resources.

Magnesium helps your body repair maintain and build tissue. It follows then that if you are building a brand new body inside yours, you’re going to need to keep your magnesium levels optimal. Studies have shown that a Magnesium supplement during pregnancy can provide significant benefits, from preventing preeclampsia to building strong bones and even preventing infant mortality.

There is also significant scientific evidence that adequate Magnesium levels PREVENTS premature contraction of the uterus.

Many people recommend Magnesium to help with morning sickness and overall well-being during pregnancy. Another of the latest fads is bone broth! Here is another link to a recipe for bone broth.

So obviously your baby needs Magnesium during the pregnancy…where do you think it will get it from?

Naturally, from the mother. So YOUR Magnesium levels need to be kept up as well during pregnancy.

Magnesium deficiency can manifest as fatigue, aches and pains or cramping, as well as insomnia and a cloudy mind. So if you are pregnant, or planning a pregnancy in the next twelve months, Dr Carolyn Dean recommends building your body’s Magnesium levels. We recommend using the Amazing Oils daily on your lower back and on the tops of your feet before sleep. In the third trimester we recommend only using on the feet at night.

So now you know about Transdermal Magnesium and pregnancy, we recommend the Amazing Oils brand as the source is pristine and the quality is excellent, we love these guys.

Men’s health & magnesium

Magnesium might be helpful in the treatment and/or prevention of some lifestyle diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including that most feared enemy high blood pressure.
A small study done in Sweden suggested magnesium supplementation may have a positive effect on blood pressure. The study, involving 20 patients already having treatment for arterial hypertension or congestive heart failure found both diastolic and systolic pressures were reduced after magnesium supplementation for six months.
Another similar study, published in 1989 and involving 47 patients with cardiovascular problems found magnesium treatment had a significant effect on cholesterol levels.
Results from a much larger research project, involving more than 15,000 participants from four US communities, indicated there may be a link between low levels of magnesium and the incidence of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis.
It was found that, generally, magnesium levels were lower in those with some form of heart disease and high blood pressure compared to healthy subjects. They also found serum levels of magnesium were lower in those with type 2 diabetes, although participants with type 2 diabetes often had the highest dietary intake of magnesium. The study also found that higher magnesium levels led to lower fasting insulin levels which could be a potential protective factor against type 2 diabetes (iii).
A recent World Health Organization report into the public health significance of calcium and magnesium in water supplies recognised that sub-clinical magnesium deficiencies could increase calcium imbalance, worsen blood vessel calcification, and potentially lead to type 2 diabetes.

Prostate and sexual health

Magnesium may also have a protective effect against prostate cancer. A Taiwanese study concluded that magnesium intake from drinking water and other dietary sources may offer a significant protective effect against the risk of prostate cancer development.
Another study found high calcium: magnesium ratios were associated with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Therefore, it is important to ensure any supplementation with calcium takes into consideration the fact that too much calcium in the body depletes magnesium reserves.

Magnesium for joint pain

Magnesium for joint pain

Low magnesium can cause problems with the functioning of your skeletal muscles, including twitching, sore muscles, back and neck pain, and headaches. Additionally, patients who suffer from chronic joint pain conditions such as osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis often have abnormally low levels of magnesium, and may also be at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, according to the National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center.

Osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis are linked to a magnesium deficiency, either due to low dietary intake or malabsorption problems, says clinical nutritionist Krispin Sullivan on her website.

Regular readers of the Magnesium Guru will already know that the best way to get magnesium into your system is by spraying it or rubbing it into the skin or taking a bath with magnesium flakes dissolved in it.

For joint pain it works really well and quickly if sprayed directly onto the affected area.

A long soak in the bath is also very effective and a great way to unwind every day, added magnesium flakes into the water enhances the relaxing effect whilst treating all joints for pain.

So transdermal magnesium for joint pain might be the solution that has eluded you so far.