ELECTROLYTE REPLACEMENT STRATEGIES
TO MAKE ELECTROLYTE DRINKING WATER (like natural spring water – tastes great!) PER LITRE FILTERED WATER: One pinch flakes (half a gram in weight) = 80mg elemental magnesium. Natural spring waters from around the world tend to have between 30mg and 130mg elemental magnesium concentration, so this mix only mimics what would be in spring water.
Do not rely on getting all your magnesium from the drinking water, because it’s only a very small amount. You will absorb much more via skin. However, the magnesium drinking water charge makes it more hydrating for cells and allows for a better electrical conductivity, as well as cleansing and flushing of wastes.
People love this thirst-quenching, alkaline and delicious magnesium mineral water. The taste is soft and velvety and it’s easy to drink more water to prevent dehydration. It also takes longer to pass through the system, as it is more hydrating and gets better access to cells. You can of course adjust the concentration of the flakes up or down to suit taste.
Average recommended for adults is to drink 3 litres per 24 hours (more if hot weather or perspiring a lot), and for children – whatever they need to quench their thirst.
Elektra Magnesium Chloride Flakes (food grade) also contain 2% of other vital trace minerals that naturally occur. It’s a mineral package made by Nature! (Note that the sodium part has been skimmed off during dehydration, so it doesn’t taste like your sodium table salt).
The water tastes and works better because the alkaline pH electrical charge of magnesium water accesses cells more easily, compared to the positive (acidic) charge of demineralised (reverse osmosis or rain water) water, which runs through the digestive system too quickly.
Adding one pinch (1/2 gram) magnesium flakes to a one litre demineralised water of 6pH lifts the pH to neutral. If you would like to lift the pH to 8 then simply add a tiny amount (about 1/8th teaspoon) of sodium bicarbonate to the litre of magnesium water. For optimal benefit the best range for mineral water is 7-8 pH.
When diluted in water, ELEKTRA™ Magnesium Flakes can be absorbed by cells without any further digestion required.
Did you know that natural mineral water concentrations of magnesium (as in foods) are easily absorbed via the gut wall to the interior of the body, whereas with high concentrations, most of the excess is wasted by the digestive system into the toilet? This is one of the reasons why not much magnesium from tablets and powders gets through the gut wall. If you need high concentrations, transdermal magnesium (via skin) is better.
BEWARE OF 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. They have also discovered via their own scientific studies that adding fluoride to drinking water contributes to thyroid disease and kidney disease. 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 and recharge it with electrolyte minerals – ie. magnesium flakes.
If you don’t want to have to buy expensive mouthwash containing chemicals and alcohol anymore, then try magnesium mouthwash that you can make at home. It’s all natural and has no added chemicals, alcohol or artificial colours and flavors. Just add one teaspoon of Elektra Magnesium food grade magnesium chloride flakes to 250-300mL water (adjust according to taste) and shake or stir until all dissolved.
This makes about a month worth of mouthwash for just a few cents. It tastes a bit bitter at this concentration, but it is very alkalizing and mineralizing. Swish one mouthful around the teeth and gums after brushing and rinsing your teeth twice per day for best results.
HOW MUCH MAGNESIUM 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 (perhaps as much as 1,000mg or more). They may also need more sodium replacement due to perspiration.
Someone with a more laid back lifestyle and personality, with not much stress, may only need 300-400mg magnesium per day extra to replace what is lost and what is not being provided by food and digestion. And the rest of us fall somewhere in between. In fact, your magnesium needs fluctuate per day, depending on stress levels. The more stress, the more magnesium we need to put back.
If you drink 3 litres of magnesium water per day at 80mg (one pinch flakes) per litre filtered water, that would be 240mg magnesium. This by itself is not enough for high end needs. Transdermal absorption offers more magnesium availability and access for the body’s needs quickly and efficiently. You can combine different transdermal magnesium applications with drinking magnesium water and eating magnesium-rich foods to ensure optimal magnesium supply. You get to know what is the right amount for your needs with a bit of practice, because your body gives you feedback.
Magnesium Bioavailability in Drinking Water
Magnesium bioavailability from mineral waters with different mineralization levels in comparison to bread and a supplement (2017) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29056894/
“The results of serum and urine analysis indicated that Mg bioavailability was comparable for mineral waters with different mineralization levels, bread, and a dietary supplement. Specifically, Mg bioavailability was not influenced by the presence of SO4, HCO3,− or calcium. Thus, mineral water with higher concentrations of Mg constitutes a calorie-free Mg source that contributes to optimal Mg supply. [AND]…Multiple portions consumed throughout the day may increase Mg bioavailability.”
Magnesium bioavailability from mineral water. A study in adult men (2002)
“The fractional absorption rate is high at low Mg load and decreases exponentially with increasing carrier amounts. Several authors have outlined that higher bioavailability is observed when a given amount of Mg is distributed over a day rather than being consumed in a single bolus (Schuette et al, 1990; Fine et al, 1991; Lo¨nnerdal, 1995); consequently a regular water intake distributed throughout the day would be expected to lead to a higher absorption.”
Influence of the consumption pattern of magnesium from magnesium-rich mineral water on magnesium bioavailability (2011)
“Higher Mg absorption (50·7 (SD 12·7) v. 32·4 (SD 8·1) %; P = 0·0007) and retention (47·5 (SD 12·9) v. 29·0 (SD 7·5) %; P = 0·0008) from Mg-rich mineral water were observed when it was consumed in seven servings compared with larger servings. Thus, regular water consumption throughout the day is an effective way to increase Mg bioavailability from Mg-rich mineral water.”
Intestinal Absorption and Factors Influencing Bioavailability of Magnesium – An Update (2017)
“Mg2+ is absorbed via a paracellular passive and a transcellular active pathway that involves TRPM6/7 channel proteins. The bioavailability of Mg2+ varies within a broad range, depending on the dose, the food matrix, and enhancing and inhibiting factors. Dietary factors impairing Mg2+ uptake include high doses of other minerals, partly fermentable fibres (e.g., hemicellulose), non-fermentable fibres (e.g., cellulose, lignin), phytate and oxalate, whereas proteins, medium-chain-triglycerides, and low- or indigestible carbohydrates (e.g., resistant starch, oligosaccharides, inulin, mannitol and lactulose) enhance Mg2+ uptake. The Mg2+ dose is a major factor controlling the amount of Mg2+ absorbed. In principle, the relative Mg2+ uptake is higher when the mineral is ingested in multiple low doses throughout the day compared to a single, large intake of Mg2+”
Comparative study of magnesium salts bioavailability in rats fed a magnesium-deficient diet (2010)
“Mg chloride showed the highest efficiency among inorganic magnesium salts. “
Bioavailability of US Commercial Magnesium Preparations (2001)
“The low fractional absorption we observed for magnesium oxide (4 percent) is identical to that observed in prior studies of magnesium sulphate bioavailability… Results indicated significantly higher… bioavailability of magnesium chloride.”
DETOX BATHING & FOOTSOAKING
WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WANT TO FLOAT AWAY…
When you have had a really grueling day, you are super exhausted and there is nothing left in the tank, relax and let all your cares go away in a magnesium chloride bath soak. Soaking with ELEKTRA™ Magnesium Flakes can deliver 300-400mg of elemental magnesium to the epidermis over half an hour via a natural and passive trans-membrane electrolyte exchange.
This amount of magnesium in a tablet or powder could result in diarrhea, being expelled too quickly by the digestive system, as magnesium attracts a lot of water and that much can liquefy the stool.
In addition to absorbing magnesium quickly via skin, magnesium soaks can also release metabolic wastes and toxins, so you get an extra bonus detox benefit. For those carrying a heavy toxic load it is best to do frequent magnesium soaking – especially in the first month. Excreting wastes via skin lifts the load on what the liver has to process.
Full body bathing offers extra therapeutic benefits from the hot water, as circulation is stimulated and helps to transport magnesium further around the body. The heat in combination with magnesium is wonderfully soothing for tired stiff muscles and joints.
BATH, 1-2 cups. Soak 20-30 minutes.
PROMOTES RELAXATION AND BETTER SLEEP
HOW TO MAKE PURE MAGNESIUM OIL
To make a compress for injury or inflammation, or magnesium oil for massage, simply mix 50% or 60% of magnesium flakes with water and put in a sprayer bottle. This turns into a slippery oily liquid, but is actually a water solution. It feels slippery like oil because the magnesium ions pull the water molecules closer together to form networked hexagonal planes that slide over one another – hence that slippery feeling.
MIX 50% or 60% of magnesium flakes with water.
Use half of one percent of Elektra Magnesium Flakes (ie. one teaspoon) per one litre of filtered luke warm (tepid) water. Optional: Can also add 8 drops of lemon juice OR add 50mL of espresso coffee (organic) for extra detox effect. Not only is magnesium essential for the body to make glutathione, but coffee enemas boost glutathione s-transferase production by up to 700% … (Hold the enema for 15 minutes for the coffee to be absorbed through the hemorrhoidal vein to reach the liver).
FOOTSOAKS – EASY PEASY!
If you are trying to save water then don’t despair because half an hour of magnesium footsoaking can equate to the same magnesium uptake with a half an hour of body bathing. The reason for this is that you can absorb magnesium ions from anywhere on the body, and after half an hour the body has had its fill and stops absorbing more.
The feet are particularly good at both taking up magnesium and also releasing toxins from the body. This is why the Japanese have traditionally focused a lot on mineral water bathing, footsoaking and detoxification via feet.
You can soak more conveniently and more often with simple footsoaks, using much less water. Why not share with your partner 20-30 minutes each while watching your favourite show or movie? Just let that stress go and feel the recharge to your cells.
When finished with your soaking you can also sprinkle the dirty water onto your garden, as plants also need magnesium. Nothing to waste!
Magnesium footsoaking is also very beneficial for pregnant women – or anyone for that matter – to relieve tired swollen feet and ankles.
Pregnancy demands a lot of magnesium so the more opportunities for the body to take what it needs, the better. You don’t really know how much your body needs, but it does.
HIGH 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. It’s where we feel the effects of dehydration (such as cramping) most because we need magnesium to hold water in cells via its charge. The lower the magnesium status, the more we lose water too.
Transdermal absorption of magnesium works so well because magnesium chloride salt is highly water soluble and becomes completely incorporated in the water and easily taken up by cells without further digestion required. Dissolved in water magnesium chloride becomes ionized and in the right form for cells to use. In this ionized form magnesium can be easily transported around the body not only in the body’s fluid systems, but also trans-cellularly (from tissue cell to tissue cell).
Maintenance magnesium footsoaks are recommended about 2-3 times per week – or more if stress levels are high.
FOOTSOAK, 1 or 2 dessertspoon in half bucket hot water and soak 20-30 minutes.
TRY A MAGNESIUM BATH FOR YOUR PETS TOO!
They love it. Yes, animals can also absorb magnesium transdermally, and boy, does it make a difference! Chills them right out… Happy days.
OF COURSE OUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN ALSO NEED MAGNESIUM FOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
HIGHEST QUALITY FOOD GRADE MAGNESIUM FLAKES FROM PRISTINE NATURAL SOURCE
Naturally harvested food grade magnesium chloride hexahydrate (MgCl.6H20) + 2% natural trace minerals
Elektra Magnesium Flakes are imported as certified food grade, and also independently laboratory tested in Australia to verify absence of mercury and lead.
Elektra Magnesium Flakes have been enjoyed by thousands of people since 2009 as a mineral replacement in filtered drinking water, as well as for bathing and foot soaking.
What happens if the flakes go hard? Magnesium chloride hexahydrate salt flakes are hygroscopic, and so will absorb moisture from the air when left exposed to the atmosphere. To keep flakes loose, make sure to close the container so it’s air tight after use. If you forget and the flakes start to ‘sweat’ and absorb moisture which makes them stick together in a hard mass, you can still use them by dissolving in water. The magnesium is still there in its original form, but the flakes just take on more or less water.
“God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in plants, walks in animals and thinks in man.” by Arthur Younga
How is it made? What is 'Natural Harvesting'?
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 called bischofite. During dehydration sodium chloride rises to the top and is skimmed off to make table salt. The process is repeated until the remainder (approximately 15%) is magnesium chloride hexahydrate slurry, including 2% trace minerals. It is then transported to a facility which filters and further dehydrates the bischofite into loose flakes.