People often ask, “How much do I use?” There is no hard and fast rule about how much transdermal magnesium to use because everyone is different. An athlete, a busy executive, a shift worker or someone undergoing surgery could need 1,000mg of magnesium supplementation per day, whilst others who are quite relaxed and have a good diet may need only 300-400mg magnesium extra. Most of us are somewhere in between. And it fluctuates from day to day depending on your stress levels and what you have eaten. Using transdermal magnesium optimally can vary a lot from person to person.
Stress Loses Magnesium
Stress loses the most magnesium because we use up magnesium to counteract a stress event like running for the bus, over-training or public speaking, ie. a fight or flight episode where you have had to pump out a lot of adrenaline and cortisone ready for alert fast action of some kind. These stress hormones collect more calcium in tissue cells in order to tighten the fibres and contract muscles – ready to fight, run away or perform something risky. Calcium is a tightening and hardening mineral.
When it’s time for muscles to relax and recover, the brain sends messages for magnesium to go back in and relieve the grip of the calcium to loosen up and relax the muscle fibres again. This is the recovery phase. However magnesium has many more jobs to do – one of which is to help neutralise the spent oxidised stress chemicals in the blood on their way out. The kidney detects that magnesium has increased in the blood supply (along with the stress hormones) and proceeds to release more magnesium in the urine to restore normal levels in the blood. That means your tissue cells may have lost heaps of magnesium, but your blood supply is still in the normal range. A blood test will not necessarily tell you in this case how much magnesium is left in the tissue cells (muscle and bone) where most of your magnesium is used.
If your tissue cells run very low in reserves then the lesser amount of available magnesium means your muscles will find it harder to recover from stresses, leaving more and more calcium hooking in the contraction phase of muscle fibres, and causing symptoms like cramps, twitches, restless legs and involuntary muscle spasms. The strange thing about muscle spasms is that they are also a result of lack of hydration. In the process of ‘squeezing’ by calcium, the muscle also loses some water. Magnesium’s charge helps hold water in the cell membrane, whereas when magnesium leaves or decreases, the cell wall becomes more leaky, allowing in the calcium and letting go of its hydration.
Low magnesium and low water levels are the primary cause of the cramp and involuntary muscle spasm. Increasing both magnesium and water helps to relieve muscle cramps and spasms. Magnesium brings water and charge back into the muscle fibre cells in order to relax them. Magnesium also controls the balance of the other electrolytes of sodium, potassium and calcium. If however you have been perspiring a lot and have also lost a lot of sodium, it can help to add some extra sodium to your drinking water (just a tiny pinch per litre). Sodium plus water helps to increase blood supply, whereas the magnesium helps to increase the fluidity of the blood and the flexibility of the blood vessels.
In ageing we also see calcium taking the place of magnesium in soft tissue cells like arteries and ligaments, making us harder and crunchier. The older we get, generally the more deficient in magnesium we get. This is because our magnesium cellular bank account is being drained constantly by stresses such as chemical exposures, bad diet, alcohol or drug abuse, over-work, shift work, burns, surgery, emotional and other traumas – without being adequately replenished via the food supply.
Our soils are now very magnesium depleted because of industrial chemical farming methods, and on top of that we over-process our foods which loses even more magnesium. We’re not finished yet, because we have another big group of people that find it harder to digest foods properly if they have low stomach acid or leaky gut symptoms. Even if they eat a great diet, not all nutrients (including magnesium) will be made available and pass through the gut wall to the inside of the body… to our tissue cells. Using transdermal magnesium optimally is the best alternative to replenish magnesium stores when large amounts are required.
Use Transdermal Magnesium Optimally – Feeding the Body Via Skin
Don’t worry about overdosing because the body self-regulates when absorbing magnesium via skin, the largest organ of our body. Using transdermal magnesium is very safe and effective because you are using the epidermis as a reservoir or or dinner plate to serve up a nutritious meal. You can go swimming in the ocean, soak in mineral-rich hot springs, or enjoy a magnesium footsoak at home while watching TV or catching up on Facebook or emails. Magnesium chloride flakes hot water soaking is very reviving and also helps to promote a sound sleep. A half hour soaking can deliver 300-400mg magnesium. It’s also a great way to detox because the skin can also excrete waste products transdermally via the hot water and sweating.
Using Elektra Magnesium flakes (food grade) for drinking water will deliver only a small amount of magnesium because it is going via the digestive system which is not geared to take up large concentrations. We are designed to take up only a dilute amount via the gut wall – such as what would be in a mineral drinking water or magnesium-rich foods. Too much more than that just ends up in the toilet. However, magnesium drinking water is beautifully hydrating for cells, assisting nutrient transport and also detoxification.
To use transdermal magnesium optimally try Elektra Magnesium Cream as your daily moisturiser. One dessertspoonful delivers 250-300mg of elemental magnesium. Only enough will be taken up from the skin as is needed for metabolism at any given moment. It can take several hours after application for all the magnesium and fats stored inside the epidermis to be used up. Use it on body, face and as underarm deodorant. It’s great for skin and also massage to relax muscles and relieve tension and pain.
The unique blends of rich plant oils help to deliver more magnesium into the epidermis to plump it up, hydrate and protect the skin barrier. Elektra Magnesium Creams contain about 20 nutritional ingredients to feed the skin and deliver magnesium in much higher doses via skin than if you were to take magnesium tablets or powders which are hard to digest and absorb via gut wall. Elektra Magnesium Cream is chem-free and does not contain chemical emulsifiers, preservatives of thickeners. It is first class quality all the way at the most competitive price – and is simply unbeatable when it comes to value for money. There are four different fragrance varieties with different textures to suit various skin types, but all Elektra Magnesium Creams have the same magnesium content.
If you need more magnesium then add some extra sprays of Elektra Magnesium Oil Spritz on those particular spots because that is a heavy duty 61% magnesium chloride formula. The extra vegetable ingredients make it smooth and easy to apply, fast to absorb and it leaves no sticky stingy or irritating residue such as straight magnesium oil does. It also has a pleasant fresh aroma from the essential oils of mandarin, juniperberry and rosalina. About 7-8 sprays can deliver over 400mg of elemental magnesium.
There is no limit to how much you can use or in what combination. Elektra Magnesium Cream is good to use when skin is on the dryer side because it is such a good skin conditioner. If the skin is well conditioned and hydrated it can absorb more magnesium ions as there is a delicate relationship between magnesium salts and lipids in the skin. If you are blessed with ample natural skin oil then apply Elektra Magnesium Oil Spritz direct as it will join up with your natural skin oils for absorption.
However with dry skin it’s best to first apply Elektra Magnesium Cream and followup up with Elektra Magnesium Oil Spritz where needed. If you have ultra sensitive skin or olfactory senses then start with magnesium flakes soaking first, and gradually add on small amounts of Elektra Magnesium Cream on your lower extremities first, moving up further over time as you feel more accustomed to it. As the body takes up more magnesium to replenish its stores it also strengthens the immune system – which starts to behave much better over time!
Use what you need until you feel the difference, because your body will give you feedback when you learn to use transdermal magnesium optimally!
How to use Transdermal Magnesium Optimally