written for Shop Holistic March 2012 newsletter
During our extensive research on magnesium, which ultimately led to the addition of Magnesium Chloride Flakes to our range, we have discovered that magnesium deficiency has fast become somewhat of an epidemic.
Unfortunately allopathic doctors and allopathic medicine fail to recognise the many symptoms of magnesium deficiency and their insistance of covering up symptoms with prescribed drugs can do a lot more harm in the long term as the deficiency will fail to be addressed.
One reason magnesium is so important to our body is that it is needed for the efficient utilisation of calcium. When we are deficient in magnesium, calcium wanders around aimlessly and can end up leaving calcium deposits in our joints and a chalky deposit in our blood vessels.
Lack of the absorption of calcium can then have a negative impact on our teeth and bones. When we realise we are lacking in calcium, we take or are prescribed calcium supplements which then worsens the problem.
Calcification of the blood vessels is far more widespread than cholesterol, and the main cause of ‘blood vessel furring’. We almost always get enough calcium in our diets, but rarely get enough magnesium, and if we do this is quickly and easily depleted by stress, prescribed medicines and the toxins we are exposed to in our everyday lives.
So it is extremely important that we supplement with magnesium for optimum health.
It is believed to be most effective to supplement transdermally (through the skin) as it is estimated that we only absorb about 40% of magnesium taken orally, and then our bodies have to process it and deal with any excess. But transdermally, magnesium is delivered directly into the muscles and tissues where it is needed, and our body will only absorb as much as it needs. There is very little risk with this method, but if you have a kidney or thyroid condition we advise you seek medical advice in the first instance.
There are 2 easy ways to get magnesium into your body:
1. You can put magnesium flakes in your bath or foot spa (500g-1Kg into a bath, or approx. 250g in a foot spa)
2. Make up some magnesium oil to spray onto the body, rub in, leave for 20 minutes then wash off. This is the most cost effective method, as with our magnesium flakes, 250ml oil would cost you only £1!
To make your own oil is so easy too! You will need a mister or spray bottle, magnesium flakes and pure water. We recommend distilled water or spring water is the best but tap water will be fine if your area is not fluoridated. You simply dissolve the salts into the water until no more will dissolve (you will know this as there will be a small amount of salts that stay in the bottom of the solution).
That is it! - No need for expensive preparations that other’s will so willingly sell you! Be warned! We have been extremely shocked to find others selling ready made magnesium oil for £15-£20! We really cannot understand how people can cash-in on things like this. We would much prefer to offer products at very reasonable prices so more people can benefit!
We are considering adding pre-made magnesium oil to our website, made with distilled water, and also with floral waters for additional twist! These will be very reasonably priced so keep a look out!