I have been loving magnesium lotion for how easy it is to boost magnesium levels. When I use magnesium on my skin, I can tell a difference right away in my sleep, mood, and stress relief. Today I’d like to share with you some magnesium lotion benefits that I’ve been experiencing.
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Magnesium deficiency is a big problem for so many of us, whether we realize it or not. Lots of different health issues and discomforts stem from not having enough magnesium in our system (source).
In my blog post on the best organic magnesium lotion recipe, I talked a little bit about the many ways magnesium has helped me. Today I’d like to go more in depth talking about magnesium lotion benefits that I’ve experienced.
Magnesium is a mineral that is so critical to a whole host of our body’s functions. It makes sense that if we’re deficient, things won’t work well, and we’ll experience problems.
Thankfully, it’s easy to supplement with magnesium, and get my body’s levels back to where they should be. However, there are a few things that are I’ve discovered about supplementing with magnesium, so that my body can actually use it to restore health.
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Forms of magnesium
The most common way to supplement with magnesium, and the way that probably comes to mind for most people, is to take magnesium internally. This could be with a capsule or tablet, or as a powdered drink.
I find that taking magnesium internally is important, but I don’t rely on it entirely. It’s easy to take too little or too much magnesium when supplementing internally.
If I don’t take enough, the deficiency will continue, and my health issues won’t be addressed. If I take too much magnesium internally, it will upset my digestion. That’s no fun!
Also, my body can’t absorb and use magnesium as quickly or as effectively as it can with the next method of supplementation that I’m going to talk about.
My favorite way to use magnesium
While I do think that taking magnesium internally is important, I find that my favorite way to boost my magnesium levels is something called transdermal magnesium therapy, or applying magnesium to the skin.
I’ve talked about how our skin absorbs almost everything that is put onto it in my post on why we should choose organic skincare. When it comes to transdermal magnesium therapy, this is a good thing!
The skin can rapidly absorb magnesium directly into our bloodstream. This is much fast than taking magnesium internally. Also, the body can assimilate and use the magnesium more effectively when it is taken through the skin. The magnesium can enter the bloodstream and tissues, bringing magnesium lotion benefits and balance.
When taking magnesium through the skin, the body uses exactly the amount it needs, and overdosing is impossible. The digestive system is completely bypassed, so risk of upset is nonexistent (source).
There are a couple of different ways to supplement with magnesium on the skin. Magnesium chloride (also known as magnesium brine or oil) can be sprayed right onto the skin. This works very well as far as transdermal magnesium therapy, but it does have some downsides. Pure magnesium chloride can be drying to skin, and it can tingle and itch, especially if you’re not used to using it.
I personally think the perfect way to absorb magnesium lotion through the skin is with a magnesium lotion. That way, the dryness and itchiness is avoided, and you still get the wonderful benefits of transdermal magnesium therapy. Like I mentioned before, I show how to make an organic magnesium lotion right here on my blog. I show how to make magnesium oil from flakes here.
What does magnesium help with?
Magnesium is critical for so many of our body’s functions (source). It has been linked to:
- Heart health
- Bone health
- Boosting mood
- Avoiding depression
- Growing children
- Women during pregnancy
- Relieving muscle cramps
- Soothing pain
- Getting rid of restless leg syndrome
- Reliving headaches
- Balancing hormones
- Helping our bodies deal with stress
- Achieving deep, restful sleep
I know that when I am deficient in magnesium, the opposite of these things happen. Headaches will occur, I’ll have trouble sleeping, and I’ll suffer from pains, muscle cramps, and many other things.
How does magnesium deficiency happen?
So how does this happen in the first place? Why don’t I always naturally have the magnesium I need in my system?
There are a few different reasons for this. First of all, modern farming practices have largely depleted our soil of beneficial minerals, including magnesium. The foods we eat, unfortunately, just don’t contain the amounts of magnesium that they should.
Another way people can become deficient in magnesium is from being on prescription drugs. These rapidly deplete the body’s levels of magnesium. Other ways include going through pregnancy, going though a lot of stressful events, or by sweating heavily and not replacing electrolytes and minerals properly.
Eating a grain free diet can also lead to magnesium deficiency. When I was on the GAPS diet, I noticed I needed to supplement with magnesium more than I had previously.
Whenever I exercise and sweat heavily, I know that it’s important to replace magnesium, along with other minerals and electrolytes. I also do this whenever I am taking a lot of detox baths.
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