Why you might want to slather your body with magnesium oil after your yoga class or workout, and even on the days when you don’t practice.
Often considered the forgotten mineral, magnesium is an extraordinary nutrient. It is essential for the function of every single cell in the body, making it truly a master mineral. It affects the conduction of nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and heart-rhythms. And if we don’t take in an adequate amount of magnesium, our body will either function in deficiency or remove magnesium from our bones.
- Magnesium is the 2nd most abundant element inside our body’s cells. Oxygen is number one.
- Magnesium is the 3rd most important electrolyte we lose after sweating. Sodium and Potassium are first and second.
- Magnesium is the 4th most abundant positively charged ion in our body.
- Magnesium is the most powerful relaxation mineral available
There is so much focus on getting enough calcium in our diets, but so little attention on its natural teammate, magnesium. Without magnesium our muscles would be in a constant state of contraction.
- Calcium = Muscle Contraction
- Magnesium = Muscle Relaxation
- Magnesium Deficiency
Used in over 300 bodily functions, it is sometimes hard to diagnose a magnesium deficiency. But it is so prevalent that magnesium is currently listed as one of the nutrients of concern at the U.S. Department of Health. It is believed that 2 out of 3 people are magnesium-deficient and most don’t even know it, according to the Journal of American College of Nutrition.
Magnesium deficiency impairs the sodium-potassium pump, allowing potassium to escape from the cell, to be lost in urine, potentially leading to potassium deficiency. Those with known potassium deficiency, therefore, do not respond to treatment until magnesium deficiency is also corrected.
We often focus on replacing sodium, potassium, and glucose after sweating in a hot room. Perhaps you might consider adding magnesium oil too, as it offers a superb yoga and sports recovery aid.
The book, The Magnesium Miracle goes into much more detail about our problem of magnesium deficiency with some inspiring recovery stories, if you’re interested in additional information.
Take a look at the list of 101 Uses for Magnesium. You just might find an unexpected or unexplored remedy from the simple addition of magnesium oil to your daily routine.
Magnesium is shown to:
- improve sleep quality
- relieve pain caused by muscle cramps
- improve flexibility thereby helping to prevent injury
- control and reduce inflammation
It also provides relief from symptoms such as:
- Cluster Headaches
- 2nd and 3rd Degree Burns
- Blood Pressure Issues
- Muscle Cramps & Spasms
- Muscle Twitching
- Lower Back Pain
- Abdominal Pain
- Eye Twitches
- Inflammation & Swelling
- Varicose Veins
- Circulatory Disturbances
- ADD & ADHD
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Kidney Stones
- General weakness
… And so much more!
As described by Dr. Mark Sircus in his book, Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, “Called Magnesium Oil, it is a natural substance that can be applied to the skin or poured into ones’ bath like Epsom salts. Magnesium chloride, applied transdermally is the ideal magnesium delivery system with medical benefits unequalled in the entire world of medicine. Yet one does not need a doctor to prescribe or administer it. One can relax in a medicinal bath, without a doctors’s prescription or simply put it on the skin … Magnesium Oil is nothing short of a miracle to a person deficient in magnesium.”
Research says magnesium oil is the best way to increase magnesium levels. It is magnesium in its purest form. Whereas, oral magnesium is typically not very well absorbed in the digestive tract and so many foods that used to be rich in magnesium are depleted of their magnesium levels, showing only a 35-40% absorption rate.
Where To Get It and How To Use It
The oil is quickly delivered directly through the skin and immediately available to our systems that require magnesium to function.
Here are general instructions and guidelines for applying magnesium.
It doesn’t matter where you spray it on your body, it will enter the skin and your body will take it to the tissues where needed. And you can target specific muscles or areas of pain for fast relief. You can even bring it with you when you get a massage and let your masseuse add it to their oils for an all-over deep penetration of magnesium.
Magnesium oil is completely natural substance that can be used daily. You cannot overdose with the oil. Your skin will only absorb as much as you need. And the absorption takes place in 20 minutes. So wait 20 minutes after applying the oil before you shower or you can leave it on the skin and just rub in any extra residue.
There are no reports of major side effects or harm to the body. The only word of caution is that it can be a little stingy or tingly when you first start using it and/or if you spray it on a recently shaved area, which often goes away after using it for some time.
Here is also a great list of food sources of magnesium. But the oil is still my favorite way to quickly and effectively get more of this power mineral.
“So clear and observable are the effects [of magnesium] that there is no mistake, no mysticism, not false claim made.” ~ Dr. Mark Sircus
How about you? Do you take magnesium? Have you noticed benefits?
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This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of Views From the Podium!