ELEKTRA™ Magnesium Flakes contain over 16% elemental magnesium and have the added synergy of sea trace minerals. They are naturally evaporated from alpine salt water in a pristine region of the Tibetan Plateau and are quality food grade salts which can be used for mouthwash and drinking water, as well as bathing. This pristine salt water source is 3,000m above sea level and therefore not near any industry, mining, agriculture or large populations. Hikers, mountain climbers and athletes visit this remote region in the summer in order to train for overcoming altitude sickness. During the winter the lake is frozen over. There is a Buddhist monastery and small village which hosts visitors on pilgrimage to walk around the lake and meditate.
The salt water is harvested from the lake via siphoning the surface waters (not excavation mining) and piping to evaporation tanks where the salts are naturally evaporated into a thick slurry. During dehydration sodium chloride rises to the top and is skimmed off to make table salt. The process is repeated leaving the remaining (approximately 15%) as magnesium chloride hexahydrate and 2% trace minerals. The slurry is then transported to a facility which filters and further dehydrates the salt slurry into sheets which are crushed into flakes. These are tested in Australia by an independent laboratory showing NO mercury NOR lead detected down to 10ppb.
ELEKTRA™ Magnesium Flakes
ELEKTRA™ Magnesium Flakes are the ideal magnesium food supplement, because it is a naturally dehydrated mineral salt. When diluted in water, it can be absorbed by cells without any further digestion required. You can drink it in as a mineral water or soak it up through your skin in baths and footsoaks.
Electrolyte charged water
By adding a small pinch (about half of one gram) of ELEKTRA™ Magnesium Flakes to one litre of filtered water you can make a great tasting and more hydrating electrolyte mineral drinking water. This enables more water to be consumed and it actually passes through the body more slowly compared to a de-mineralised water. This is because the negative electrical charge of the magnesium water accesses cells more easily. A de-mineralised water usually has an acidic pH of around 6. This is not ideal for cells. Electrolytes like Magnesium will give the de-mineralised filtered water back their natural charge. A de-mineralised water will steal electrolytes that it encounters in the body in order for the cells to use that water.
Chemicals that steal magnesium
Australia uses Chlorine and Fluoride to dose the main potable water supply. Both these chemicals destroy beneficial gut bacteria and can cause leaky gut syndrome symptom. Fluoride will bind up magnesium and therefore use it up. This steals magnesium ions so they become unavailable to cells, exacerbating magnesium deficiency symptoms. Symptoms of fluoride toxicity are very similar to magnesium deficiency symptoms.
In most European countries they have moved away from this old practice. The most progressive countries have adopted ozonating methods to clean water supplies. They have also discovered in their own scientific studies that adding fluoride to drinking water contributes to thyroid disease and kidney disease. Most of Europe’s tap water is now fluoride-free. In Australia it is recommended to get a good fluoride filter if you want to drink or cook with the tap water. Otherwise you can use filtered rain water or buy supermarket bottled water. These are ‘demineralised’ waters, and are best when recharged with electrolyte minerals – particularly magnesium.
How much do I need?
If the body is low in electrolytes the demineralised water will pass through the digestive system more quickly, causing people to urinate more frequently. As you drink more of the electrolyte charged water the water goes through more slowly because it can hydrate cells more efficiently. This means cells are better able to cleanse and detox, produce energy and to make new cells. There has to be a certain balance of electrolytes in the water. Depending on your lifestyle, you could need more or less than others. For instance, an athlete that is constantly sweating out electrolytes and pushing their body hard will need a higher level of electrolyte top up than the average person. But you get to know what is the right amount for your body with a bit of practice. Your body does give you the feedback.
Highest absorption via skin
Most of the magnesium in the body – about 99% – is in the muscle and bone tissue. These are the cells that can easily become dehydrated when magnesium levels get too low. There is however only so much the gut can absorb. These concentrations are what we usually consume in mineral water and foods. However via the skin – transdermal absorption – the body can take up a much larger amount of magnesium to satisfy its needs. You can go swimming in the ocean or soak in mineral rich hot springs, or you can soak in a magnesium bath or footsoak at home.
Soaking in a magnesium bath or having a magnesium footsoak with ELEKTRA™ Magnesium Flakes can deliver 300-400mg of elemental magnesium over half an hour. This amount of magnesium in a tablet or powder via the gut would just create a diarrhea event in most people! We can absorb more magnesium by soaking it up through the skin – the epidermis. Magnesium soaks also greatly assist the body to detox, as the skin can also release waste products. For those carrying a heavy toxic load it is best to do frequent magnesium soaking – especially in the first month. Maintenance magnesium footsoaks are usually about 2-3 times per week or more if stress levels are high.
Adequate hydration and electrolyte balance is essential for good health
Always make sure you are drinking enough mineral water to ensure adequate hydration. Cells need a delicate balance between electrolytes and water for the correct electrical charge. Your body can work out this balance homeostatically. All you need to do is consume enough mineral water for optimal hydration, eat a balanced fresh food diet including magnesium-rich foods, as well as offer magnesium via skin. The body does the rest in its balancing act. If you have high blood pressure it is wise to cut back on your sodium content in foods because sodium salt has a dehydrating effect and will increase blood volume. Magnesium salt however is hydrating and promotes normal blood fluidity via its electrical charge. If however you have too low a blood pressure, then you can add a little extra sodium chloride to the mix which will help to increase the blood volume and therefore blood pressure.
Magnesium helps the body remove fluoride by direct binding and also by support of detox enzymes that remove fluoride:
Unlike many other nutrients that are better supplied in food, water can be an excellent source of magnesium. Approximately 50% of the magnesium contained in mineral water is absorbed. This is greater than the amount absorbed from food. The ‘magnesium-in-water’ effect was identified years ago as beneficial for those on a low magnesium diet. Supplying magnesium in filtered water may be helpful in releasing toxic levels of fluoride, as well as enhancing cell hydration because of its electrolyte charge. However the body can take up even greater amounts of magnesium via transdermal absorption such as in magnesium flakes bathing or soaking, or in use of Elektra Magnesium Cream or Elektra Magnesium Oil Spritz.
When magnesium and fluoride ions bind they form a compound which the body can easily excrete. Magnesium also supports the detoxification enzymes of Glutathione and Superoxide dismutase which help to eliminate heavy metals, fluoride and other toxins. When magnesium is too low these detox enzymes are slowed and inhibited by the presence of fluoride chemical salts (as added to drinking water supplies) because fluoride can block the activity of magnesium.
According to a study by the American Institute of Nutrition, a diet low in magnesium results in a higher concentration of fluoride in the bones and other calcified tissue. The study concluded: “In summary, it can be stated that in intoxication with fluorine compounds, magnesium plays a protective role by countering and reducing the toxic effects of F-.” (Cerklewski F L. Influence of dietary magnesium on fluoride bioavailability in the rat. American Institute of Nutrition 117 (3) 456-500, 1987)
The build up of fluoride in calcified parts of the body can become toxic and causes fluorosis of the bones and teeth. It is also notorious for suppressing enzyme activity, as well as our nervous-electrical energy systems by blocking the activity of magnesium. In fact, the very symptoms of fluoride toxicity mimic magnesium deficiency symptoms. No one is monitoring the build up of toxic levels of fluoride in the community coming from all potential sources of exposure including water, foods, medications and the environment. Fluoride ingestion is especially bad for infants and people with impaired kidney function as they cannot eliminate the excess fluorides very well.
Today we are experiencing an epidemic of hypothyroidism. Suppression of the thyroid is largely due to the presence of excessive fluoride in our water and food as fluoride is a well known thyroid suppressant. It blocks the activity of essential iodine which the thyroid needs to make thyroxin hormone.
The World Health Organisation has determined that at 1.9ppm of water fluoride concentration signs of fluorosis begin to appear. In a water supply that is dosed at 1ppm, it means if you drink 1 litre of tap water you will ingest 1mg of fluoride. If you drink 2 litres then you will ingest 2mg of fluoride – thereby overdosing and putting yourself at risk of fluorosis and other associated degenerative diseases. Of course, once the fluoride is added to the main water supply it moves into the main food supply as well. This is called ‘the halo effect’. Fluorides are also used in medications. Tea leaves absorb the highest amount of fluorides from the soil of any plant. If you make a cup of black tea with fluoridated water you may be getting as much as 8mg of fluoride! More information about the dangers of fluoridation are available at: www.fluoridealert.org
FOOTSOAK, 1 dessertspoon in half bucket hot water and soak 20-30 minutes. Watch Video in Playlist Above
BATH, 1-2 cups. Soak 20-30 minutes.
MAKE MINERAL ALKALINE DRINKING WATER WITH ELEKTRA™ MAGNESIUM FLAKES (Use filtered water for best results) – Watch Video in Playlist Above
ELEKTRA™ Magnesium Chloride Flakes ‘food grade’ can be used to make mineral drinking water from filtered, distilled or rain water. Use a small pinch (approx 5 flakes or half gram) per litre of filtered water. This ‘magnesium electrolyte’ water is more hydrating for cells as you need sufficient magnesium for cells to maintain adequate water levels for normal functioning. If the cell loses too much magnesium the membrane loses its integrity and gets ‘leaky’ and depolarized, thereby unable to maintain proper hydration for detox flushing, cell transport and mitochondrial energy production.
MAKE MINERAL MOUTHWASH FOR DENTAL HYGIENE – Watch Video in Playlist Above:
Magnesium flakes will also make a mouthwash using a higher concentration of flakes to water (1 teaspoon per 250-300mL). This high concentration is alkalizing and good for teeth and gum health. Rinse after brushing twice a day.
(Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate) 98% MgCl2.6H20 (min 47% magnesium chloride) pH=7 in solution.
Flakes are deliquescent ie, will draw moisture if exposed to air for too long. Keep air tight.
HOW TO MAKE MAGNESIUM OIL – Watch Video in Playlist Above:
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