What are Typical Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms?
• Cramps & Restless Legs
• Skin Problems
• Constipation or Leaky Gut
• Chronic Fatigue
• Irritability / Headaches
• Inflammation / Pain
• PMT / Hormone Issues
• Anxiety / Depression
• Disturbed Sleep
• Metabolic Syndrome
• Insulin Resistance
• Heart Arrhythmia
• Hypertension / Heart Disease
• Stiff joints / Arthritis / Osteoporosis
• Auto Immune Disorders / Allergies
• Acidosis / Candida Overgrowth
Can magnesium chloride absorb through the skin and be taken up by tissue cells inside the body?
Yes, for thousands of years cultures around the world have been practicing balneotherapy, which is soaking in mineral waters or hot springs to absorb minerals through the skin and alleviate degenerative conditions such as arthritis. In the last century magnesium chloride and magnesium sulphate (epsom salts) have been harvested and used for baths and footsoaks at home. Magnesium oil, which is a solution of magnesium salts and water, was also used to spray on to muscles and joints for pain and cramps alleviation. More recently in 2009 Elektra Magnesium Cream was created as a natural skin conditioner that is more ‘user-friendly’ in the delivery of transdermal magnesium, as the rich fats help transport the magnesium ions through the skin, whilst keeping the skin in great condition with more youthful and hydrated complexion.
Can I get too much?
The skin is made up of collagen structures that hold water and lipids (fats), as well as nutrients like vitamin D. Massaging with Elektra Magnesium products delivers magnesium ions conveniently to the skin reservoir. From the skin (epidermis) the body takes up what it needs via the tiny capillaries of the dermis under the skin. This process is self-regulating and the body does not overdose itself (like a tree does not take up more minerals from the soil than it needs). Unlike drugs or herbs, you cannot overdose this way… ie. ‘Nature’s way.’ If you are very deficient the body will take up the nutrients quickly. If you are not as deficient, it will take up the nutrients more slowly. The skin in this way acts as a nutrient reservoir.
If you are wanting to get an average-to-high dose of magnesium you need to rely more on transdermal absorption where no digestion is required. If you tried to consume 300-400mg magnesium it is likely to cause loose stool and that magnesium will be lost too quickly from the bowel. However if you absorbed it from your skin it’s a different story. You can use Elektra Magnesium Cream all over the body – which will give you about 300mg elemental magnesium being absorbed to the epidermis and then taken up as required over time. One magnesium footsoak over half an hour can also donate about 300-400mg… And 6-7 sprays of Elektra Magnesium Oil Spritz can provide another 300-400mg. You can use all these methods combined if you have high-end needs like an athlete, a shift worker, or people under high stress or suffering disease states. Through the skin the body only absorbs what it can deal with at any one time, so you can use as much as you like if not sure and just listen for the feedback… ie. feeling more relaxed, calm, muscles letting go of tension etc.
What is The Importance of Food Grade Magnesium Chloride?
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Why Magnesium Chloride is More Bioavailable Compared to Other Magnesium Compounds (Oral Tablets and Powders)
Chloride is the most abundant mineral electrolyte in the body. For us to be able to use the metals of magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium etc they need to be bound to chloride to be ionised and fully absorbed into the water molecule – in a sense swallowed up by the water. In that form (eg. magnesium chloride, sodium chloride) the electrolytes are biologically available. Together, and as a solute in the water, they conduct the bioelectricity of the body.
When you take oral tablets and powders of various magnesium compounds (magnesium joined to another element), they have to be digested in the stomach using hydrochloric acid. The older we get the less stomach acid we make and the more difficult it gets to digest. Also, after the body separates the magnesium from the other element it joins the magnesium to chloride so it can gain access to the cells. All this takes a lot of extra time before you feel the benefit of the magnesium and by the time it can get through the bowel wall several hours later it is a much smaller quantity that is available for cells than if you soaked in magnesium chloride solution (magnesium flakes in water) or applied it to the skin as a magnesium skin care product.
When you take too much magnesium supplement orally the bowel contents become loose and watery, finding their way into the toilet well before you get the benefit of all that magnesium. The gut can only cope with a diluted amount of magnesium such as what would be present in mineral water and foods. Any more than that is evacuated, despite how deficient the inner tissue cells may be. The ability to absorb magnesium via the gut wall also diminishes over time as we age. See study: “Magnesium absorption and age were significantly inversely correlated.”
Via the skin there is no digestion required because the magnesium chloride solution is already in the right form for cellular uptake, and you can feel the benefit of the magnesium much sooner and can absorb magnesium in far greater quantity. Remember, the body takes what it needs and no more – just like the tree roots take up minerals from the soil but no more than the tree needs. It is naturally self-regulating.
Cramps are a Result of Dehydration Caused by a Loss of Minerals – Particularly Magnesium
When magnesium is lost excessively the cell membrane becomes compromised and ‘looser’ because the electrical charge drops. That means the cell wall is not so good anymore at holding things in like potassium or water. And it’s not so good anymore at keeping things out like sodium and calcium (mostly extracellular electrolytes). When the cell loses too much water it develops a scalloped shape like a prune and everything starts to get squeezed – including the vascular system, the muscles and nerves. This feels like pain or cramping and can also manifest as hypertension (high blood pressure). Too much calcium can also enter the intracellular spaces and cause hardening. Remember that magnesium is the best calcium channel blocker – the natural controller of how the body uses calcium to its best advantage.
When the body becomes dehydrated it moves to a water-conserving and rationing status. It releases vasopressin – a hormone which constricts blood vessels so that more water is shunted to the brain, as the brain must take priority with water usage.
To help the body release this pressure and return to normal hydration drink more magnesium water – mixed as per instructions above. For fast relaxation you can also massage into your muscles Elektra Magnesium Cream and spray extra Elektra Magnesium Oil Spritz (formula) on top.
Nutrition Via Skin – Feels sooooo good!