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.


Meet the Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral

As an overview to the huge benefits of magnesium and a story not unlike many, including mine, this great article from is a great resource, please enjoy.

Discovering that I was severely deficient in magnesium turned out to be life-changing for me. For years I struggled with chronic constipation, nervousness, anxiety, headaches, persistent eyelid twitches, blurry vision at times, recurring bladder infections, kidney stones, frequent urination, sensitivity to bright lights and loud noises, tension in the upper back, shoulders, and neck, physical and mental fatigue, PMS, menstrual cramps, and the peculiar feeling that I couldn’t take a deep breath accompanied with frequent sighing. Then came the first time I was shaving my legs in the shower and I couldn’t feel my legs. The numbness and tingling scared me and I rushed to the doctor who had no answer for my questions.

It was thanks to a great new doctor who tested my RBC (red blood cell) magnesium that I discovered my serious magnesium deficiency and all the symptoms made sense. If your doctor won’t test your magnesium, order your own lab testing. Supplementing with this magnesium glycinate every night before bed has completely eliminated these symptoms and has helped me have better sleep on top of it all.

Written by Mark Hyman, MD, Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine

A DEFICIENCY IN THIS CRITICAL nutrient makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.[1] It also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient. In fact, in my practice, this nutrient is one of my secret weapons against illness. Yet up to half of Americans are deficient in this nutrient and don’t know it.

I’m talking about magnesium.

It is an antidote to stress, the most powerful relaxation mineral available, and it can help improve your sleep.

I find it very funny that more doctors aren’t clued in to the benefits of magnesium, because we use it all the time in conventional medicine. But we never stop to think about why or how important it is to our general health or why it helps our bodies function better.

I remember using magnesium when I worked in the emergency room. It was a critical “medication” on the crash cart. If someone was dying of a life-threatening arrhythmia (or irregular heart beat), we used intravenous magnesium. If someone was constipated or needed to prepare for colonoscopy, we gave them milk of magnesia or a green bottle of liquid magnesium citrate, which emptied their bowels. If pregnant women came in with pre-term labor, or high blood pressure of pregnancy (pre-eclampsia) or seizures, we gave them continuous high doses of intravenous magnesium.

But you don’t have to be in the hospital to benefit from getting more magnesium. You can start taking regular magnesium supplementation today and see results.

The Relaxation Mineral

Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff — whether it is a body part or an even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

This critical mineral is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues — but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax.

When was the last time you had a good dose of seaweed, nuts, greens, and beans? If you are like most Americans, your nut consumption mostly comes from peanut butter.

That is why the list of conditions that are found related to magnesium deficiency is so long. In fact, there are over 3,500 medical references on magnesium deficiency!

Even so, this mineral is mostly ignored because it is not a drug, even though it is MORE powerful than drugs in many cases. That’s why we use it in the hospital for life-threatening and emergency situations like seizures and heart failure.

You might be magnesium deficient if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle twitches
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to loud noises
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • ADD
  • Palpitations
  • Angina
  • Constipation
  • Anal spasms
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irritable bladder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Reflux
  • Trouble swallowing

Magnesium deficiency has even has been linked to inflammation in the body and higher CRP levels, considered the best new test to predict heart disease.

In our society, magnesium deficiency is a huge problem. By conservative standards of measurement (blood, or serum, magnesium levels), 65 percent of people admitted to the intensive care unit — and about 15 percent of the general population — have magnesium deficiency.

But this seriously underestimates the problem, because a serum magnesium level is the LEAST sensitive way to detect a drop in your total body magnesium level. So rates of magnesium deficiency could be even higher!

The reason we are so deficient is simple: Many of us eat a diet that contains practically no magnesium — a highly-processed, refined diet that is based mostly on white flour, meat, and dairy (all of which have no magnesium).

When was the last time you had a good dose of sea vegetables (seaweed), nuts, greens, and beans? If you are like most Americans, your nut consumption mostly comes from peanut butter, and mostly in chocolate peanut butter cups.

Much of modern life conspires to help us lose what little magnesium we do get in our diet. Magnesium levels are decreased by excess alcohol, salt, coffee, phosphoric acid in colas, profuse sweating, prolonged or intense stress, chronic diarrhea, excessive menstruation, diuretics (water pills), antibiotics and other drugs, and some intestinal parasites. In fact, in one study in Kosovo, people under chronic war stress lost large amounts of magnesium in their urine.

This is all further complicated by the fact that magnesium is often poorly absorbed and easily lost from our bodies. To properly absorb magnesium we need a lot of it in our diet, plus enough vitamin B6, vitamin D, and selenium to get the job done.

A recent scientific review of magnesium concluded, “It is highly regrettable that the deficiency of such an inexpensive, low-toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering and expense throughout the world.” [2] I couldn’t’ have said it better myself.

It is difficult to measure and hard to study, but magnesium deficiency accounts for untold suffering — and is simple to correct. So if you suffer from any of the symptoms I mentioned or have any of the diseases I noted, don’t worry — it is an easy fix!! Here’s how.

Stop Draining Your Body of Magnesium

  • Limit coffee, colas, salt, sugar, and alcohol
  • Learn how to practice active relaxation
  • Check with your doctor if your medication is causing magnesium loss (many high blood pressure drugs or diuretics cause loss of magnesium)

Eat Foods High in Magnesium

Include the following in your diet as often as you can:

Kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, dulse, filberts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, barley, dandelion greens, and garlic

Take Magnesium Supplements

  • The RDA (the minimum amount needed) for magnesium is about 300 mg a day. Most of us get far less than 200 mg.
  • Some may need much more depending on their condition.
  • Most people benefit from 400 to 1,000 mg a day.
  • The most absorbable forms are magnesium citrate, glycinate, taurate, or aspartate, although magnesium bound to Kreb cycle chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate) are also good.
  • Avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide. They are poorly absorbed (and the cheapest and most common forms found in supplements).
  • Side effects from too much magnesium include diarrhea, which can be avoided if you switch to magnesium glycinate.
  • Most minerals are best taken as a team with other minerals in a multi-mineral formula.
  • Taking a hot bath with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is a good way to absorb and get much needed magnesium.

People with kidney disease or severe heart disease should take magnesium only under a doctor’s supervision.

So if you’re coping with the symptoms here, relax! Magnesium is truly a miracle mineral. It is essential for lifelong vibrant health.

We’re mad for magnesium & you should be too

My own story with magnesium is a personal journey and I have found that this in not uncommon. Virtually everyone I know discovered the benefits of this miracle mineral by a recommendation from a friend, typically greeted it with some skepticism. eb3As nurse my own skepticism meter was reading danger levels. Modern nurse practice is science based, ‘show me the evidence’ is the first question we ask when introduced to any new treatment or drug.
Evidence in such cases must pass the very sensitive sniff test too, it can’t be a poorly written article from a blogger sat in their underwear hoping to make 10 cents by driving traffic to a product page or a click bait headline with an outrageous claim being made with the same motive, not good enough, I want to know the real science, the proper studies not funded by people with a vested interest but by professionals in the field, those with skin in the game, doctors and nurses and pharmacists with reputations to be lost if they promote something of dubious value.

Sure my experience with magnesium for my pain after an accident had me half way there but I wanted to know how much of this effect was a placebo effect and how much of my own improvement was actually down to the magnesium.

Like so many times before I ‘Used The Google’ to find out more. I got the usual mix of clearly commercial sites trying to sell me stuff magnesium related, including hilariously magnesium tablets, why hilariously? Well it’s a laxative if taken orally and simply isn’t ingested effectively, up to 95% is lost in the gut! But with determination and persistence I finally got to the sort of stuff I was looking for, real, evidence based studies from credible and independent sources from people with reputations to lose. That’s the very stuff and it’s the information I use to write this blog and when trying to convince friends and other medical professionals to try it for themselves and patients alike.

Because it’s so vital for many bodily functions, the symptoms of it’s deficiency manifest in many different ways, from insomnia, cramps, joint pain, menstrual cravings and cramping, restless legs and many more. This diversity of symptoms can seem like a stretch if you are trying to help someone but when you understand the many roles of magnesium it becomes very clear and easy to see the connections. I have earned the gratitude of so many people who have tried it on my recommendation, as a nurse you can understand how good that feels.

That’s why I’m mad about magnesium and I hope you will be too. If this blog gets half a dozen people the help they need and then they recommend it to others then that’s even better as it magnifies the effect and helps dozens and eventually hundreds more.

Footnote: The most frequent question I am asked is if there’s a brand I recommend. There is, I use an Australian product from Amazing Oils as this is the brand I was given when I first found out about it. It’s a bit of pain in the arse as I don’t live in the country it’s made but they deliver within a week to where I live. I like the company and the people and they only make transdermal magnesium and don’t lie to people by selling the tablet form for the reasons I mentioned above. Yes I have tried other brands, no they didn’t work as well for me.

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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