There’s nothing worse than having a cramps and restless legs attack and feeling powerless to stop it. No matter how much you massage and pummel that muscle, it just seems to do its own thing. It hurts. The cramp attack may strike in the middle of the night and disrupt your precious sleep. It may strike before you need to do something important or participate in a competitive event.
‘Cramps and Restless legs’ is what people refer to when they experience leg muscles twitching or jittering for no apparent reason and often at the most awkward times – like when you are trying to sleep! You get the feeling that you need to move your legs around all the time to settle the muscles down. Or there may be a sensation of tickling or crawling inside the muscle.
All of these symptoms are a sign of magnesium deficiency. You may not realise it, but cramps and restless legs are quite easy to fix and you can do it without drugs. All you need is enough magnesium (and water) to get to where it is needed in the muscles for recovery and performance.
But how does it work?
Calcium tightens : Magnesium relaxes
It’s easy to get magnesium deficiency these days, as soils and our food supply have become so depleted. Researchers estimate our food supply has dropped more than 50% in magnesium content compared to the middle of last century.
Other ways to lose a lot of magnesium include excessive stress, trauma, medications, heavy metal or chemical exposures, eating sugar and processed foods, sleep deprivation, smoking or alcoholism. If you have digestive issues like Crohn’s disease, IBS or leaky gut you will have problems extracting enough magnesium from foods as they pass through the digestive system. If you have renal (kidney) problems your urine may contain large amounts of magnesium being excreted – that is magnesium you can’t afford to lose too much of! this is called hypermagnesuria. Medications, including diuretics, can also cause excessive magnesium loss. Chemo and radiation cause excessive magnesium wastage and scientists warn that extra magnesium supplementation is essential when undergoing these treatments.
The older we get, the more magnesium deficiency increases.
The older we get the less stomach acid we make to help us digest food and absorb the nutrients. Younger people are also suffering more from gut and digestive disorders these days. Researchers are finding that chemicals like fluoride and glyphosate in our food supply can block magnesium and interfere with digestion by inhibiting our beneficial gut bacteria. Low magnesium can lead to many diseases – usually as a result of excessive stresses – and this may lead to medication treatments which can further deplete magnesium stores and lead to cramps and restless legs.
Another natural way, apart form gut digestion, to absorb magnesium nutrition is via the skin. Transdermal absorption of magnesium chloride salt is a superior way to take up a lot of magnesium, which would not be possible to get through the gut wall in such a high amount. It’s a faster way to absorb magnesium, passing through the skin and into muscle cells for rapid relaxation via a simple massage. You can also absorb transdermally via magnesium footsoaking and bathing, or adding food grade magnesium chloride to your filtered drinking water.
Cramps and restless legs are a sign that muscles lack hydration, as well as magnesium. We need the water to help get into cells and inflate them for proper cell function and metabolism – including detoxification. But we also need magnesium to help hold that water in. As magnesium levels drop, the cell wall becomes de-stabilised and leaks out magnesium and water. This also allows in calcium for a squeezing effect. Calcium tightens and stimulates. Electrical activity is excited. Sometimes it becomes uncontrollable, doing its own thing, twitching and flinching.
If magnesium were at normal levels it would be able to go back into those tissue cell calcium channels, kick out the calcium, and bring back the hydration when it’s time for rest and recovery. This electrolyte balance is essential for electrical conductivity and for all muscle cells to function properly – including heart muscle and smooth muscle cells of the arterial linings. Too much calcium and not enough magnesium in these muscle cells can cause cardiovascular problems. Muscles do a lot of work, so they need a lot of magnesium and hydration. Cramps are only the beginning!
Magnesium helps us to stay younger, more flexible, energetic and ‘juicier’ longer because it is like an electrical power point that supplies energy to all biological systems. It helps to retain good hydration for electrolyte function and metabolism. When magnesium drops, so does the voltage of cells. Biological battery power drops because mitochondria require magnesium to make adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – our electrical energy batteries in cells.
If you have had a lot of stress and haven’t replaced enough magnesium you can get ‘stuck’ in the tightening phase.
Tried everything and still can’t get relief from cramps and restless legs?
Are you over taking tablets and pills that don’t work?
Prefer natural products without synthetic chemicals?
Since 2008 Elektra Magnesium has developed a wide range of magnesium skin and body care products offering the most successful transdermal magnesium products in Australia. There is something for everyone from babies to pregnant women, athletes and elderly – and catering to different skin types. No need to put up with stingy sticky pure magnesium oil. Elektra Magnesium Creams and Lotion provides superior skin barrier protection, whilst helping magnesium ions to absorb into the epidermis. Get relief fast by massaging them into your stiff, tight muscles and joints. For extra strength, add extra sprays of Elektra Magnesium Oil Spritz where you need it.
Now you can be in control of your muscles again!
Used and advocated in about 300 clinics around Australia and overseas, Elektra Magnesium Cream has proven itself to be a far more effective relief for cramps and restless legs than magnesium tablets or powders, which can take several hours to digest for even a small amount to make its way through the bowel wall and into muscle cells. Studies show that high concentration magnesium is wasted via the digestive system because the gut wall cannot take any more concentration than would be naturally occurring in foods and water.
Elektra Magnesium Cream on the other hand, can be easily massaged into skin as a soothing natural moisturizer, penetrating within minutes to start its work of relaxing the muscle. No waiting hours for tablets to digest. No bowel irritation form high magnesium concentration because transdermal magnesium bypasses the digestive system.
Quality natural skin and muscle care
You may have come across pure magnesium oil which felt sticky or stung your skin. Even though magnesium oil, which is magnesium chloride flakes mixed with water, can alleviate a cramp or the pain of inflammation, it is often not very kind to skin – especially if you have sensitive skin.
Chances are you left it in your cupboard after that experience. Elektra Magnesium® worked this out more than ten years ago and focused all their research and development on ‘skin-friendly’ magnesium products, which are packed full of nutrition. Rich plants oils, butters and extracts to help absorb magnesium, as well as soothe and moisturize skin.
Elektra Magnesium Cream comes in four fragrance varieties that cater for different skin types from extra dry and sensitive (Herbal) to medium and oily skin (Island Spice) – and others in-between.
Elektra Magnesium Cream can also be used as an anti-ageing moisturizer and skin conditioner. It is so gentle a supportive of skin that even toddlers and children can use it.
Massage half a teaspoon into back and leg muscles for a comforting relaxation effect. Works well even after a temper tantrum in children because magnesium dampens down stress hormones naturally. Perfect just before bedtime to help bring on a sound sleep.
From the epidermis the body absorbs the magnesium it needs over time, safely and without danger of overdose, regardless of how much is applied. It is a self-regulating process and has no contra-indications with medication use.
Once magnesium gets to the muscle cells it can control the tightening effect of calcium in order to release the tension and relax.
This has become such a simple solution that has helped thousands of people relieve their cramps and restless legs. Why wait any longer? Try it and you’ll feel the difference.
Elektra Magnesium Cream and Elektra Magnesium Charge Lotion have worked wonders for many years to calm down involuntary muscle movements in people. For those with more acute conditions such as stiffness from arthritis, injury or inflammatory conditions, it is recommended to add extra magnesium as needed from the stronger formula – Elektra Magnesium Oil Spritz. Massage in as much as is needed to feel relief. There is no limit. Individuals will have different needs. These needs can also fluctuate from day to day, depending on how much magnesium you have spent from your stores.