Those that know me know that for most symptoms they will come to me with, one of my first recommendations will be to spray the painful area with Magnesium oil or to enjoy a healing soak full of Magnesium flakes. Magnesium is indeed one of our most important nutrients, desperately needed because so many of us are deficient. Dubbed the multi-tasking mineral, it is critical but often overlooked for the prevention of digestive issues, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, insomnia, migraines, osteoporosis, and more. That’s not surprising since magnesium plays a key role in over 325 enzyme reactions in the body—from energy production to cholesterol control. And if you suffer from any of the above, your skin’s health and vitality will most probably need boosting too.
Are you deficient in Magnesium?
Any spasms or twitches you may feel indicates some level of deficiency, such as muscle cramps, eye twitches, restless, sore legs (after long stints at the gym or long runs for example), headaches, trouble swallowing and heart palpitations. Also, if you are tense, low in energy or stressed, you are most probably in need of extra Magnesium. At its most basic, the body needs it to make ATP, i.e. cellular energy. And because of its role in so many metabolic processes, not least to assist to a healthy digestion, I always recommend Magnesium supplementation as part of my anti-ageing skin health protocols.
Which Magnesium is best?
Magnesium Chloride (Magnesium Oil) from the Zechstein Sea (250 million year old deposits) is by far the best absorbed. You will find bath flakes made from this ancient oil or from the Dead Sea and of course many of you know of our own UK source: Epsom Salts.
What is the most bioavailable Magnesium?
Taking Magnesium transdermally is the most therapeutic and quickest way to absorb Magnesium as it bypasses the hydrochloric acid in your stomach. Whatever the issue, whether acute or chronic my clients know that I will usually recommend some kind of Magnesium therapy.
Taking a Magnesium bath is a favourite way of mine to literally “infuse” my bloodstream with this amazing nutrient especially now that the autumn is here. Simply add a minimum of 500g of your choice of flakes (see resources) and soak for a minimum of 12 minutes but preferably 20 minutes. If your muscles are sore or you suffer from back pain, you may treat yourself to this little ritual every night for a least three nights running.
I keep at least two bottles of Magnesium spray (see resources) in the house, usually in the bathroom and the bedroom. A few sprays (about 4 or 5 each) after a shower in the morning and last thing at night have become my mostly daily practices and should I start to feel some neck strain or headache coming on, I will not hesitate to rub Magnesium directly on the area of pain.
Can Magnesium be taken orally?
You can actually drink Magnesium Chloride in water (warning – this will definitely not win any taste competition, so.. swallow fast!). Easy as you simply use your regular Magnesium oil. Five sprays will give you about a third of the RDA. For a tasteless version (!), choose Magnesium Citrate (see resources) as it is one of the most bioavailable for oral supplementation.
How to boost nutrition with Magnesium?
Good sources (ideally organic and that is the crux – from good quality mineral-rich soil – a bit of a feat that explains why so many of us need to supplement) are among others:
Dark green vegetables, seaweeds, seeds* (50g of pumpkin seeds* will give you approximately 300mg of usable Magnesium), nuts *(32 almonds* for 100mg of Mg), fish (any type but one of the best being halibut with 122mg Mg per 100g) and the best news, 2 tablespoons of dark cocoa / 2 squares of dark chocolate.
* Always soak seeds and nuts for a few hours or overnight to get rid of phytic acid coating that prevents proper absorption.
Knowing this, smoothies can be great ways to restore your levels; here are a couple of recipes to blend for 30 to 60 seconds:
Black Forest Smoothie
• 1 banana, cut into pieces (can be frozen)
• 1 cup of almond milk
• 1 cup frozen mixed berries or cherries
• 1 handful raw almonds, soaked overnight (or 2 tablespoons raw almond butter)
• 2 tablespoons raw cacao
• pinch of good quality salt (Celtic, Himalayan)
• raw honey / stevia to taste (I don’t personally use any additional sweetener but you may want to)
• I don’t personally add any ice as I prefer my smoothies to be room temperature especially from autumn onwards but you may choose to. Not recommended if you suffer from a “cold” digestion.
Avocado and Spinach Smoothie
• 1 small Banana (can be frozen)
• 1/2 ripe Avocado
• 1-2 cups fresh Spinach
• juice of 1/2 lemon or 1/2 lime
• Coconut Water
• Ice if you prefer or just leave to be at room temperature which is best for digestion.
The most economical: Epsom salts from www.epsomsalts.co.uk available from 500g to 40kg (in 1kg bags or in bulk). I buy 20kgs in 1kg bags and at £2/kg I get a lot of friends and clients to try this cheap
Better You Magnesium flakes and Magnesium oil sprays available from your favourite wholefoods stores, Boots or even Holland & Barrett.
Citrizorb Magnesium Citrate from www.nutrigold.co.uk
Find out more by reading The Magnesium Miracle by Dr Carolyn Dean MD (www.drcarolyndean.com)
Marielle Alix, MRSS, D.N.N
Dedicated to Helping You Look and Feel Amazing Naturally
I believe in getting your vitamins & minerals from your foods rather than popping synthetic pills. I am qualified in traditional health wisdoms both from the East and the West to help treat root causes instead of symptoms of disease. And I love the kind of authentic beauty that defies conventional stereotypes and glows from within. If you feel we are kindred spirits then you’re in the right place!