There is always a lot of talk about vitamins and minerals but often they are viewed as a secondary concern to the macronutrients carbohydrates, fat and protein.
The truth is that vitamins and minerals are the little workhorses behind EVERYTHING that goes on in our bodies. Deficiencies can be literally life-threatening.
The great news is that as well as extracting vitamins and minerals from fresh fruit and vegetables, some of the most important can be supplemented very cheaply (especially when compared to typical medication) In the past, we as humans didn’t need to supplement magnesium because of high dietary intakes of nuts, seeds and vegetables.
However, in modern times, not only are our consumption levels of these foods much lower, but the quality of them is also in rapid decline leading to depleted mineral levels.
So why is magnesium so important?
In this article and another soon to follow, I’ll be exploring why magnesium supplementation (in particular through the skin rather than as an oral supplement) is critical for anyone suffering with chronically low energy levels, heart complications, diabetes and a whole host of other conditions both minor and major.
The first thing to get your head around is that your GP won’t have talked to you about magnesium as a supplement because it is inexpensive and therefore promises little to pharmaceutical companies. The outrageous contention that it ACTUALLY WORKS to improve your health (often quicker than you can imagine) also means that it will prevent you needing further medication or at least in such doses as you may currently require. Again this would be bad news for the greedy drugs companies.
Even if your GP has the best intentions to improve your health, they are controlled and educated by these companies hence why often they know little about natural preventative measures as oppose to costly synthetic drugs. How many people do we see walk in to their doctor with pre-diabetic conditions only to be on a whole range of medication within 5 years when simple lifestyle choices and natural supplementation could have done the job?!
Magnesium can help alleviate muscle pain, insomnia, migraines, menstrual pain and depression as well as ramping up your energy levels by activating enzyme processes which are vital for energy production and it’s also essential for immune response, nerve and brain function and blood pressure.
Magnesium deficiency is also associated with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, kidney and liver damage, MS, Alzheimer’s, recurrent bacterial infection, fungal infections due to immune system depression, osteoporosis, Type 2 diabetes, cramps, muscle weakness, impotence, aggression, arryhtmia, some forms of cancer etc.
Fairly important then!
I have personally had female clients report the disappearance of stomach cramps at their time of the month within days of using a transdermal magnesium spray (applied to the skin on a daily basis) as well as countless clients improving their sleep and energy levels, again within days or maybe a few weeks depending on the individual.
With high blood pressure being a major problem in modern society there needs to be a more natural way of addressing which doesn’t involve calcium and beta blockers which often do more harm than good. Enter magnesium which, through it’s powerful vasodilation properties, opens up the arteries allowing better blood flow and hence lower blood pressure.
Magnesium and calcium
This is a good time to consider the insanity that surrounds calcium consumption.
Due to the clever marketeers who control the dairy industry, we are brainwashed into believing that we need to be plying ourselves with calcium at every opportunity or risk osteoporosis and disintegration of our teeth.
The truth is that dairy products make the body more acidic and it is an acidic environment which draws calcium out of the bones in order to alkalize the blood stream. The fact that Asian and African countries who consume little or no dairy yet have the lowest rates of osteoporosis should turn a light bulb on!
It is also imperative to understand that magnesium works to keep calcium in check! Too much calcium in the body leads to calcification of not only the heart and blood vessels resulting in artherosclerosis in the worst cases, but also the joints and tissues producing arthritic conditions and accelerating the age-related degeneration of the human body.
Even worse, calcification of the mitochondria in our cells dramatically lowers energy production and can lead to accelerated biochemical aging.
This clearly indicates that rather than spending hundreds of pounds per year on anti-aging creams which are full of cancer-causing substances, we would be better to dose up on transdermal magnesium!
The dominance of calcium intake has also meant be now don’t absorb the already depleted intake of magnesium in our diets! As magnesium helps move calcium from the tissues into the bones through activation of thyrocalcitonin, it should be clear that to improve bone density, we should be focussing on increasing magnesium rather than calcium!
Finally on the subject of the calcium-magnesium relationship, calcium causes muscles to contract, while magnesium helps them relax. Given that we are already stressed and uptight with tense muscles and virtually no relaxation time, this is a recipe for disaster! Applying magnesium directly to the skin around tight muscles can bring almost instant relaxation and comfort
More About Magnesium
Magnesium is a key weapon in the removal of toxic heavy metals. Such metals are becoming more and more prevalent in the human body due to poisoning from unclean tap water, pollution, mercury fillings and vaccinations.
(On the subject of vaccines, they not only pollute the body with more chemicals, but also inflict immune system trauma on the body which must be addressed by using up what little magnesium and Vitamin C you do have in your body!)
Our food is already deficient in magnesium because the acidic conditions of modern day soil prevents plants from absorbing minerals from the soil. This leaves us extremely vulnerable to poisoning by these heavy metals.
We then need to consider that both sugar and alcohol stimulate magnesium excretion through urine. Given that many people now drink alcohol on a regular basis and consume dangerously high levels of synthetic sugars, the problem just keeps getting worse!
In 1909 we got 408mg from the food supply, in 1985 we got around 280mg. This is even worse now in 2010, and given that the RDA ofr magnesium is around 300-400mg it is clear that nearly all people are now deficient in this critical mineral and fighting a losing battle to stay healthy and energetic!
Is that it?!
Well no actually!
Diarrhoea from poor dietary habits, extreme physical training, sodas, high salt intake, stress and intense sweating all use up more of your magnesium store!
This doesn’t mean you should stop exercising hard or sweating lots as they both provide many benefits. However, you should immediately stop your intake of table salt, processed foods and fizzy drinks and begin to increase your intake of magnesium on a daily basis.
Sources of magnesium
In Part 2, we will discuss the importance of transdermal magnesium, but in the mean time you can begin to increase your intake of magnesium from natural food sources.
As we have eaten less and less fresh food, our intake of magnesium has plummeted.
Below are the best sources of dietary magnesium. You should be aware that even if you increase your intake of these foods, you are still unlikely to be getting sufficient magnesium into your system.
Absorption is affected by declining food quality, heavy metal toxification from tap water, mercury fillings and air pollution and high calcium intake so these areas need to be both addressed directly and counteracted with transdermal magnesium supplementation.
Green vegetables such as spinach as magnesium is stored in the chlorophyll molecule
Whole grain rice (starchy carbs should be kept to the meal after intense training)
Magnesium and Energy Levels
To put it very simply, energy in the human body comes from ultimately from the chemical ATP.
Unfortunately as powerful as ATP can be, it simply cannot work unless it is bound to magnesium. This renders it relatively useless in its involvement in energy production, protein production, sodium, potassium and calcium transportation (essential in muscle function and preventing cramp).
A slow metabolic rate (which puts the brakes on fat loss attempts and leads to permanent fatigue) is the most obvious and significant effect of heavy metal toxicity.
Magnesium has been shown to eliminate lead through the urine and may reduce the toxic effects of aluminium from non-stick frying pans and most deodorant sprays.
Magnesium and diabetes
Magnesium is absolutely crucial for the production, function and transport of insulin, the hormone which keeps blood sugar levels under control and pushes sugar into the muscles for use. Malfunction of the hormones function leads to diabetic conditions.
In addition to this extra body fat appears to prevent the cells in the body from using magnesium to breakdown carbohydrates for energy. This can obviously create a vicious circle of magnesium deficiency, weight gain and diabetic conditions.
We also know that toxic metals such as mercury (yes the metal that may well fill your mouth in the form of fillings), flouride (yes the one found in tap water and dental products), lead and arsenic cause the destruction of beta cells in the pancreas.
Given that these cells produce insulin, high levels of these metals can clearly cause diabetes.
Want to know something else to shock you?
Arsenic is also a major player in this process and is found in a lot of chicken feed as it was found to cause fast growth in the poor birds. You then happily chomp on the meat ingesting the arsenic.
The good news is that healthy doses of transdermal magnesium spray helps to chelate (detoxify and flush out) these toxic metals.
Magnesium and strokes
Ischemia (a lack of oxygen) is a primary cause of heart disease and strokes and incidents of the two have been found to be much lower in hard water areas where the water naturally has a higher level of magnesium.
What’s our typical response?
We give people Warfarin to help thin the blood and aid oxygen flow, which by the way is the main ingredient in rat poison as it causes fatal haemorraging.
Given that we know magnesium is important in lowering blood pressure through being a strong dilater of blood vessels, keeping the heart muscle from going into spasm and lowering cholesterol (using the same mechanism as statin drugs) it begs the question why we don’t dose up on magnesium, a natural mineral, before taking rat poison.
Magnesium and psychological issues
Even a mild deficiency of magnesium can cause sensitivity to noise, nervousness, irritability, mental depression, confusion, twitching, trembling,
apprehension and insomnia.
You probably recognise one or more of these symptoms from your daily life.
Symptoms can develop further. The more you recognise, the more likely it is you need to start start magnesium supplementation as soon as possible.
Irritability, anxiety, anorexia, fatigue, insomnia, muscle twitching, confusion, poor memory, poor attention, reduced ability to learn.
Rapid heart beat, irregular heart beat, other cardiovascular changes.
Full body tingling, numbness, sustained muscle contraction, hallucinations, delirium and finally dementia.
This next quote is from Dr Marc Sircus about why kids are experiencing more and more behavioural and pssychological problems.
I love it, not because it’s funny but because it hits so many nails on the head at once…
“Children are born under medical stress with unnatural procedures and drugs, they are then vaccinated, i.e. bombarded with chemicals, dosed out with antibiotics, eat nutritionally deficient food, watch inordinate amounts of TV, suffer through educational curriculums that, to the, have no relevance to their lives, undergo exposure to thousands of chemical poisons in the environment and home, get more vaccines, stuff their faces to the point of obesity while suffering from malnutrition, only to have to suffer through being drugged by psychiatrists further for becoming the mess they have become”.
Magnesium, PMS Symptoms and The Menopause
This could be a book in itself and again I’ll try to give you ladies the main points rather than going to much into estrogen exposure etc.
First women with PMS have been found to have lower levels of magnesium in their rood blood cells than those without symptoms.
Second, magnesium is crucial for mood regulation which could explain why those who get PMS symptoms (due to lower magnesium levels) also tend to have, shall we say, irritability issues around us guys….
Third, low magnesium levels often result in menstrual migraines.
Interestingly, cocoa has been found to have high magnesium levels. Could this be the link to why many women get chocolate cravings at certain times of the month.
They may well not be craving chocolate per se but the magnesium buried within!
Sorry ladies, there goes your final excuse!
Next up we know that ladies can get changes in body temperature around their period. Magnesium has a sedative effect on the central nervous system thus reducing neuromuscular excitability and temperature roller coasters.
With regards to the menopause, magnesium has been shown to boost energy levels thus helping those experiencing premature menopause from the common crashing fatigue.
The use of contraceptives and estrogen replacement therapies (usually centred around the menopause) have been shown to decrease magnesium levels further thus often causing severe depression.
Hot flashes? Read again that the sedative effect can help control swings in body temperature.
So all in all women can expect more comfort, less cravings and less mood disturbances during their period and a much smoother transition into the menopause.
Good news for ladies and men alike!
In all seriousness you should now be crystal clear as to why ignoring magnesium is foolish at best and dangerous to your health at worst!
Transdermal magnesium oil (a spray applied to the skin) has been found to be far more efficient in terms of absorption and effect on all areas of the body’s function.
You should start with low doses and build up as your body adapts.
A suggested dose would be 4-5 sprays on each arm, building to 8-10 on each arm.
If you have a particular muscle or joint issue, spraying this dose directly on to the area should bring a degree of relief, perhaps even total relief after a short time.
Your improved sleep will contribute to the healing process.
Magnesium chloride, applied to using a transdermal spray directly to skin, may just change your life. End of story.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU TAKE DOXYCYCLINE, MINOCYCLINE YOU SHOULD LEAVE A GAP BETWEEN TAKING THE MEDICATION AND USING MAGNESIUM SIMPLY BECAUSE THE MAGNESIUM MAY MAKE THE MEDICATION LESS EFFECTIVE.
IF YOU TAKE THE DIABETIC MEDICATIONS, GLIPIZIDE OR GLYBURIDE YOU MAY LIKE TO CONSULT YOUR GP AS MAGNESIUM NATURALLY LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR SO THE TWO TOGETHER CAN LEAD TO HYPOGLYCEMIC CONDITIONS.