The Magic Of Magnesium – Part 1 – Products That Help Us Heal. 

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
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to loud noises
  • Anxiety
  • Palpitations
  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Asthma
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irritable bladder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Reflux
  • 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!!

Here’s how;

  • 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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Breathing Through Chronic Illness With Meditation 🙏🏻

If you are like me, I don’t have to tell you that living with chronic illness can be at times unbearable. I know I do everything I can to get through days and nights – I try moving but that hurts, I rest but that hurts, so I do nothing but that hurts more! So by the end of each day, I’ve taken the maximum dose of painkillers that I could but the ache is overwhelming and consuming every breath. It’s a vicious circle that rotates endlessly.
But, as I’m having to deal with the chronic pain and endless number of physical symptoms that hurt – it’s also my mind that is also hurting . Questions, questions, many questions consistently overload my brain with such things of being unable to deal and cope with the ongoing pain and illness and all I’m asking is that I just want it to stop – I JUST WANT IT TO ALL GO AWAY – but it doesn’t!
This has been my constant thoughts and feelings over many years but I find of recent weeks it’s back with a vengeance! Pain insomnia wreaks havoc on living, so the only thing that I can do is to fight back against these moments of excessive chronic pain and illness so that I don’t fall back into a spiralling doom of despair.
Last night, I switched off from social media and connected back into a mindful space with meditation. A number of years ago, I found yoga and meditation and I found that it reduced my chronic pain and illness immensely and I was able to learn the principles and I began actually teaching it. However, as I stepped up the energy levels, my chronic illnesses stopped me in my tracks again. I could no longer do or teach yoga because of paralysis and weakness and so meditation fell by the wayside too. Being in a zone with insomnia for over a fortnight, has lead me to think about ways of not falling backwards-the breath of mindfulness has come back. I know very well that this mindful action soothes my mental and physical angst. I have no idea if I can bring myself back to being able to no longer feel pain with the intensity that I am, but if I bring back my focus to the breath just possibly I can help untangle the thick fog that insomnia lands me in.

So back to meditation i go. What meditation does is focus on different parts of my body simply using my breath.  It allows me to see my mind and body in action and to feel the pain sensations as they rise within my body and then let go of them using calming deep breaths. I did not think I would have success straight away, but I was amazed by the difference. Last night, has been my best night for about a fortnight. You see, just by bringing my calming breath back into play my chronic pain insomnia and intolerable nerve pain and twitches began to melt and I was able to rest and was able to sleep – YES SLEEP.

I know my pain arises from my multiple chronic illnesses and the damage to my bodies nervous system and what is like a speaker in my brain leading the intensity of mind and body suffering. From studying different forms of mindfulness and from my personal health experiences, I’ve learnt that my mind does not simply feel pain, it also processes all the information that it holds. Its like my mind, zooms in on my pain looking for away to take it away but instead what my mind is doing is causing my pain and or hurting to be louder. Before long I’m in periods of excessive pain and illness and insomnia is causing me more hurting. I know, if I don’t do something I will end up being consumed again by my excessive anxieties, stresses and worries as well as my physical pain.  As I spoke earlier about in an instant the vicious circle of downward spiralling is with me again, which hurts and  impairs my healing process and leads to even more hurting.

So it is time to again, step into handling my pain and hurting differently to how I currently am. I need to lay my hands open to the powerful effect of mindfulness so that I can better control my pain. I know personally when focused, that mindfulness does turn my volume control down on pain. It also lessens my anxiety, stress and the depression that it has brought me. Using mindfulness, my mind and body can again truly relax and perhaps in conjunction with my medication and other problems which include my memory loss may improve as well as my mental and physical energy. As I’m writing this I’m wondering – WHY THE HELL, DID I GIVE UP MY MEDITATION!

So come forward – I’ve found a wonderful app called “InsightTimer” – you may want to have a look at http://www.insighttimer.com . This app, has over 2000 different meditations- I regularly search the different rest, relaxation and sleep meditations and I’ve again found that stepping into following the guided sessions I can use mindful activity as a powerful painkiller in conjunction with my other medications to assist my steps walking forward.
If you would like to give meditation a go, I would suggest looking for the app I spoke of but also practising getting your mind and body to relax. This is an activity I use and its best practiced in a quiet area. Don’t worry if your mind wanders. Mine does, so don’t get mad with yourself. When it happens, just bring the awareness back to your breath and concentrate on the part of the body  where your mind wandered. As you focus on each part of the body, listen to how your body is feeling.

So let’s begin the practise;

I will generally Lie on the floor, my bed or my sofa, letting my legs lay relaxed and slightly apart. I place my hands on my tummy (presently I have a paralysed right arm so I place that hand under my left, so it stays in place. I will close my eyes and sink myself into the floor. Next I focus on my breath – listening and feeling as it flows in and out of my body. I will just lay still noticing how my breath is, feeling the rhythm of each breath in and out with as much detail as i can – doing this allows me to really connect inward. I will start at my toes and work up – spending a few minutes with each area of my body feeling how it feels in temperature and with pain. As you breathe in, hold your breath and then slowly exhale in each breath, I use the count of 4 and then again to the count of 4, I exhale. I will often spend more time on particular areas of my body that are feeling worse pain. Once I’ve listened I will move my awareness to the next area of my body. I will stop and observe what i find for a minute. So basically it’s about breathing deeply in, holding your breath and then exhaling observing from your toes up all the way to the top of my head. Once I’ve reached my head I will spend a couple of minutes observing my whole body breathing as one. Slowly I will open my eyes and bring myself back to my surroundings. What I find, is that there is a calmness across my body, I may still have pain but my body is in a state of awareness that allows me to either continue with my day or settle into a restful space for night.

I hope that this post has been of help for you, if you’ve been thinking of trying to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into your life and chronic illness journey. If it resonates with you or perhaps you want to know more about my journey, please don’t hesitate to connect with me here or across on my social media channels.

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