As I’ve journeyed far and wide with multiple chronic illnesses, I’ve tried many prescription medications and alternative and natural therapies. Its allowed me to see that the prescription medication is not all that the mainstream medical practitioners offer us. I would not say I am anti prescription medication but from trying natural therapies I can see, there are options that most of us never get to try.
What I am talking about is – MAGNESIUM!
It is an absolute solution to stress as it is a most powerful relaxation mineral and it can also help improve sleep. It amazes me that doctors aren’t clued in to the benefits of magnesium and across the journey of life, we never stop to think about our general health until we become unwell, until our bodies are unable to function properly. This is where, I’ve learnt about how important natural minerals and healing is for the body.
This weekend I begin with a series of blogs explaining the benefits from natural vitamins and minerals. Tonight is magnesium! I would say, without a doubt that as soon as you start using regular magnesium products you will see results.
Magnesium is the relaxation mineral. Anything in the body and that goes with your mood too, that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff is a sign of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is actually the critical mineral that is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax. When was the last time you had a good dose of seaweed, nuts, greens, and beans? CAN’T ANSWER ME – It doesn’t surprise me and it’s why the list of conditions that are found related to magnesium deficiency is so long. In fact, there are over 3,500 medical references on magnesium deficiency! Even so, this mineral is mostly ignored because it is not a drug, even though it is MORE powerful than drugs in many cases. You maybe magnesium deficient if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Muscle cramps or twitches
- Sensitivity to loud noises
- Chronic fatigue
- Kidney stones
- High blood pressure
- Menstrual cramps
- Irritable bladder
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Trouble swallowing
These are only just a few of the symptoms and being magnesium deficienct has even has been linked to inflammation in the body and higher CRP levels.
In the modern world, magnesium deficiency is a huge problem. The reason we are so deficient is simple, many of us eat a diet that contains practically no magnesium . Today’s diets are highly processed that are based mostly on white flour, meat, and dairy – all which have no magnesium. Much of this modern world help us lose what little magnesium we do get in our diet through uses of excess alcohol, salt, coffee, the acid in colas, profuse sweating, prolonged or intense stress, chronic diarrhea, excessive menstruation, diuretics which are water pills, antibiotics and other drugs, and some intestinal parasites. This is all further complicated by the fact that magnesium is often poorly absorbed and easily lost from our bodies. It is also difficult to measure and hard to study, but magnesium deficiency accounts for untold suffering and is simple to correct. So if you have suffered from any of the symptoms I mentioned above or have don’t worry – it is easy to fix!!
- Stop Draining Your Body of Magnesium
- Limit coffee, colas, salt, sugar, and alcohol
- Learn how to practice active relaxation
- Check with your doctor if your medication is causing magnesium loss
- Eat Foods High in Magnesium – some of these include the following in your diet as often as you can-kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, barley and garlic
- Avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide. They are poorly absorbed and these are the cheapest and most common forms found in supplements.
The most important thing is to use good magnesium products – One of the best, I’ve found is ‘Like Zen’ s and because it’s a oil it helps the body naturally, using it as a body tonic. It is applied as a spray straight onto the body assisting with transportation of over 350 elements straight into the cells of the body aiding the body with supporting immunity, and a integral part of the brain and nervous system. Like Zen Magnesium oil helps migraines, neck and shoulder pain, relieves stress, anxiety and depression. When I had my own yoga studio I was using the oil within class to aid being able to ground further into a relaxed place. It greatly improves arthritis, and sports injuries. The only minor issue I’ve found with using magnesium oil is it can sting or itch the skin if magnesium levels are low or skin is cut. I’ve found that , simply by diluting the spray bottle with purified water it assists the oil to be used.
‘Like Zen’ also have magnesium bath flakes. This product also aids and benefits of pain, anxiety, PMT, headaches, muscle cramping. It is also great as an immune booster, helps heal pimples, eczema, dermatitis and irritated skin conditions. It relieves nervous tension and gives an all over body relaxant as similar to the oil goes directly into the skin meaning that the cells are first in line for support ailing the particular issue faced. This magnesium flake is sourced from the dead sea with a assay reading of 99% magnesium chloride with no heavy metals. A full body bath for 15-20 mins with 1 Bag of flakes or 1/2 bag in a foot soak gives the best support and when used regularly allows for symptoms to lessen greatly. What I like about ‘Like Zen’ products that they are natural and organic. Oil can be sprayed well on to painful areas, by applying 1-2 times a day then adding a moisturiser to the applied the area, to stop drying of the skin as magnesium will naturally dry skin. I have found assistance by using the bath flakes every 3 days for best support of symptoms AND of course there are times that I may need much more depending on condition and pain. Placing 1 bag of flakes in a warm bath absorbs faster and gets much needed magnesium to particularly jumping and restless legs.
Of course if you want any further information, please check them out on facebook or on there website at http://www.likezen.com.au
Remember most minerals are best taken as a team with other minerals in a regimented formula. Also important to note is that if you are a person with kidney disease or severe heart disease you should only take magnesium under a doctor’s supervision. So if you are NOT coping with the symptoms of chronic illness and particularly Functional Neurological Disorder like I do – relax, because there are natural products around. Each month, I will publish a blog of products that have assisted my health, hoping that you too can find help to relieve pain and suffering. This month it’s been about the truly magical mineral in magnesium. It is essential for lifelong vibrant health. Now I’d like to hear if you have suffered from chronic illnesses or any of the symptoms that I’ve mentioned?
Do you currently take a magnesium products? What results have you noticed?
Have any of the tips mentioned above helped you?
Only YOU, can make the choice what goes into your body. Make it the right one.
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