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 extraction 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.
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 REPLACEMENT negatively 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 ‘electrolyte replacement’ drinking water. It has a velvet-like smooth texture like the best European spring waters, and tastes so good it’s easier to drink more water for better hydration. This is because the negative electrical charge of the magnesium water accesses cells more easily.
A de-mineralised water (eg. reverse osmosis filtered or rain water) usually has an acidic pH of around 6. This is not ideal for cells. De-mineralised water can steal magnesium from the body via the attractive charge of acidic water. As soon as magnesium becomes part of this water the new alkaline charge then permits entry to intracellular spaces for use by cells.
Drinking a lot of water, but still not quenched?
If not enough magnesium is available in the case of magnesium deficiency, demineralised (acidic) water is quickly expelled via the digestive system and we end up peeing quite often without enough hydration to quench the thirst of our tissue cells. This can be a deterrent for some people to drink enough water for optimal hydration! Magnesium charged water, however, takes longer to transit the body and to be expelled in the urine. Our cells can receive better hydration for flushing out metabolic wastes when magnesium is present in the water. Electrolytes (ie. ionic magnesium) will give the de-mineralised water back its natural (neutral to slightly alkaline) pH charge.
Chemicals in tap water 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?
There has to be a certain balance of electrolytes in drinking water. Depending on your lifestyle, you could need more or less magnesium chloride compared to 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 gives 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 cardiovascular 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. 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 apply magnesium via skin. The body does the rest in its balancing act.
The main electrolytes are potassium and magnesium, which are mostly intracellular, and sodium and calcium, which are mostly in the extra-cellular spaces.
CHLORIDE: Chloride ions are usually found pretty well everywhere in the body, as they are necessary to bind with these metal elements to ionize them and make them fully soluble for use by cells. Chloride ions represent about 70% of the ody’s total negative ion content – so they are very prevalent.
CALCIUM: Most people get ample calcium from their diet from green leafy vegetables and/or dairy. If you take extra calcium supplements without a calcium deficiency, then you can be in danger of blocking and inhibiting the magnesium in your body. This can lead to hypercalcemia, or calcium depositing in the soft tissue of the body like kidneys, arteries or joints.
Calcium and Magnesium are antagonistic. Calcium tightens and hardens, whilst magnesium relaxes and flexes. Researchers now believe we got the calcium amount wrong last century and that the proper balance between the two elements in the body is more like two magnesium to one calcium molecule (instead of the other way around).
SODIUM: If you have high blood pressure it is wise to cut back on your sodium content in foods because sodium chloride (refined table salt) has a dehydrating effect and will increase blood volume by attracting more water molecules. This can be dangerous in the case of artherioscleosis because the more rigid arterial walls create even more pressure. That means thicker blood and stiffer tubes to push against!
MAGNESIUM: Magnesium chloride salt, however, is hydrating and promotes normal blood fluidity via its negative electrical charge. This charge has a repulsive effect, promoting blood cells to stay separate and bounce off one another, and therefore increasing blood fluidity.
Magnesium also controls the calcium channels and keeps free calcium in the blood from depositing on arterial walls, thereby keeping the vessel walls more flexible. This is another mechanism where magnesium can help to normalise blood pressure.
If however your blood pressure is too low, then you can add a little extra sodium chloride to the mix which will help to increase the blood volume for blood pressure homeostasis.
POTASSIUM: Potassium works well with magnesium inside cells. They are a good team and support each other. If you lose too much magnesium the membrane channels get too loose and can lose too much hydration, with too much potassium leakage as well. This can cause heart arrhythmia and cardiac arrest. It’s not hard to get your daily dose of potassium, as it is widely available from fresh produce.
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 chloride contained in mineral water is absorbed because this form is fully water soluble and already in the right form for cellular uptake. This is greater than the amount absorbed from food, which has to first be digested. The ‘magnesium-in-water’ effect was identified years ago as beneficial for those on a low magnesium diet.
However, the body can take up even greater amounts of magnesium via transdermal magnesium absorption such as in magnesium bathing or soaking, or daily application of Elektra Magnesium body care products.
Magnesium can also be helpful in releasing toxic levels of fluoride. When magnesium and fluoride ions bind they form a compound called magnesium fluoride, which is insoluble and therefore not accessible to intracellular spaces. The body can easily excrete this compound.
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 inhibited by the presence of fluoride chemical salts (such as those added to drinking water supplies) because fluoride can block the activity of magnesium.
The fluoride added to water supplies is also the salt form, which is more accessible to cells and therefore more likely to accumulate in the harder calcified tissues of the body over time. Without enough magnesium present, the fluoride and calcium ions dominate and can wreak havoc. That’s why chronic fluoride ingestion has been linked by researchers to premature ageing and hypercalemia.
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 the thyroxin hormone.
The World Health Organisation has determined that at 1.9ppm fluoride concentration (1.9mg in one litre) of water, 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. What if you perspire a lot and need to drink 3 or 4 or more litres of water per day?
And that’s not all… Once the fluoride is added to the main water supply it moves into the food supply as well. This is called ‘the halo effect’. Fluorides are also used in medications. Fluoride is naturally present in tea leaves, which 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.
MAGNESIUM FLAKES (Use filtered water for best results) – Watch Video in Playlist Above
MAKE MINERAL ALKALINE DRINKING WATER WITH ELEKTRA™ 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 half gram) per litre of filtered water.
MAKE MINERAL MOUTHWASH FOR DENTAL HYGIENE – Watch Video in Playlist Above:
Magnesium flakes can be used to make a mouthwash with a higher concentration of flakes to water (1 teaspoon per 250-300mL). This high concentration tastes bitter, but is alkalizing and good for teeth and gum health. Rinse after brushing twice a day for best results.
ENEMAS: Use half of one percent (one teaspoon) of Elektra Magnesium Flakes per one litre of filtered water. Optional: Can also add 8 drops of lemon juice for extra detox effect.
(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: