WHY WE NEED MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE
The critical role it plays in our health and well-being.
DID YOU KNOW?
Magnesium chloride is a most important and vital mineral required for life. Without magnesium chloride, the human body would be unable to maintain fluids in blood vessels, conduct nerve transmissions, move muscles, or maintain proper kidney function.
Every cell in the body requires magnesium. As a result, an extensive list of undesirable symptoms may result from a magnesium deficiency. The mineral is a key player in nerve and muscle function, blood sugar and blood pressure regulation, energy production, and the manufacture of protein, bone and genetic material. Magnesium also serves an important role in women’s health. Adequate amounts are important for osteoporosis prevention and during pregnancy.
It is noted that 60 percent of Americans consume less magnesium than the RDA. Long-term, inadequate intake of magnesium can gradually deplete body stores to dangerously low levels. However, since the decline is gradual, typical deficiency symptoms may go unnoticed. However, even without symptoms, chronically low magnesium levels can pose health risks. Low magnesium levels are associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and metabolic syndrome. People with metabolic syndrome have high blood pressure, excess body weight around the middle, high cortisol levels associated with stress and heart disease and abnormal blood sugar and blood fat levels. These abnormalities increase the risk for diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
The wide array of diseases and symptoms of magnesium deficiency have to do with the fact that approximately 99% of your body’s magnesium is located in bone, muscles, and soft tissue. The other 1% of magnesium is found in plasma and red blood cells.
Additionally, since the body has little capacity to utilize magnesium through the blood system, supplements can cause a laxative effect further inhibiting optimum absorption. Topical (transdermal) magnesium therapy is a better option so the skin can absorb a high dose while regulating the intake of magnesium for considerable health benefits.
The top Six benefits of using topical magnesium:
• Topical magnesium, applied to legs and feet at bedtime, can alleviate or even eliminate Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)! Really…No Kidding!
• Topical magnesium increases relaxation
Magnesium is responsible for chemically activating the parasympathetic nervous system. This system serves to calm and relax you. In fact, magnesium halts the advancement of excitable molecules like adrenaline. From your muscles to your heart, to your brain, topical magnesium ensures your body creates the right chemical conditions to relax. For these reasons, magnesium is believed to be helpful to those suffering from anxiety.
• Topical magnesium improves sleep
Insomnia is a problem that plagues most of us at one time or another. Thankfully, topical magnesium can help. Magnesium is essential to the GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) receptor function. The GABA neurotransmitter is what signals the brain to turn off. With sufficient levels of magnesium in your system, your body understands how to sleep better. You’ll find it easier to fall asleep and maintain a more restful sleep too.
• Topical magnesium relieves muscle aches
The topical application of magnesium may reduce muscle soreness and inflammation associated with overworked muscles. This is also due to its ability to trigger a relaxing effect in the body. Magnesium assists the body in flushing out lactic acid which can accumulate after intense exercise. Magnesium also works alongside calcium to relax nerves, therefore helping to ease the pain.
• Topical magnesium increases energy
Feeling tired? Instead of turning to yet another caffeine hit, you’d be better off boosting your energy at a cellular level with topical magnesium. Magnesium is vital to the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which transports energy for metabolism and contributes to cell reproduction processes. Magnesium is what makes ATP biologically active. Topical magnesium, therefore, allows your body to reach optimum energy levels.
• Topical magnesium reduces eczema, psoriasis & acne breakouts
Stress & hormonal imbalances, major irritants to eczema, psoriasis & acne, can be kept in check with topical magnesium. Without adequate levels of magnesium, the body is more sensitive to stress. Higher levels of stress trigger further magnesium deficiency! AHHH! Topical magnesium works to control cortisol, the stress hormone, alleviating skin conditions that cause discomfort and irritants leading to acne and even prevent or reverse damage from aging and sun exposure!
NOT ALL MAGNESIUM CHOICES ARE CREATED EQUAL!
While Epsom salt is the popular choice for transdermal usage, Epsom salts are made with magnesium sulfate. A better choice for transdermal application by far is magnesium chloride.
MAGNESIUM SULFATE Vs. MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE
Magnesium chloride is more easily absorbed and utilized by the body making it more bioavailable and able to be utilized by the body. Whereas, magnesium sulfate is not as easily absorbed and utilized in the body; and is therefore, more rapidly excreted through the kidneys explaining why results don’t last long, and more amounts are needed for desired effects. Magnesium chloride is also the best choice due to its lower tissue toxicity as compared to magnesium sulfate.
Additionally, not all magnesium chloride is equal! The fact is, it is simply no longer possible to naturally harvest a pure magnesium chloride from modern bodies of water due to their contamination of Mercury, Lead, Arsenic & Fluoride. Amazingly, in the late 1990's, a rare and pristine source of this prized magnesium was located in an ancient geological formation. The source is the ancient Zechstein Seabed. Some 250 million years ago, this miraculous seabed was a concentrated inland salt-water sea. This preserved the seabed from contamination caused by modern industrialization and pollutants. This is, to date, the only location where perfectly preserved resources of pure magnesium chloride exist. You may find less expensive magnesium creams and oils, but if they do not specify Zechstein Magnesium Chloride, chances are, it's a poor substitute.
Furthermore, if you see the version "Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate (MCH)", note that this is actually a chemically produced version that's created in a lab. While this version may be free from contaminants, it is also devoid of the 90+ trace minerals found in the natural form. There's reason to believe these trace minerals are active contributors and play a large part in why natural magnesium chloride is so beneficial to our health and well-being.
Therefore, while it may be tempting to grab the least expensive supplement, spray or cream; or just run out to the drugstore and buy epsom salts for your nightly soak, magnesium bath flakes and magnesium oil produced with Zechstein Magnesium Chloride are the only true choice for meeting your body’s needs.
Pure Zechstein Magnesium Chloride is a major player in many of our products, including, or course, our Magnesium Body Balm, Bath Soaks, Scrubs & Soaps!
I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one. –Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Did you know???
Hot baths are one of the most ancient forms of physical therapy on the planet!
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, was the first to detail the benefits of sea water to cure various ailments. He counseled fellow healers to immerse patients with aching muscles and arthritis in sea water. The ancient Greeks continued this form of therapy by soaking in sea water hot tubs and heated seaweed bath's. They used sea water pools for hydrotherapy and elimination of toxins from the body.
Then there were the Romans, who raised bathing to a high art. Roman citizens would linger for hours in communal hot baths and built lavish baths wherever they found natural hot springs.
In 1753, Charles Russe published “The Uses of Sea Water”, where he discussed seawaters various therapeudic properties. This led to the first French marine hospital opened in 1861. Then in 1899 Louis Bagot began using bath therapy treatments at the Institute Marin de Rockroum. This was the first true Thalassotherapy clinic in Europe.
Scientists and researchers continue to document the healing powers of salt baths to this very day! ... But let them tell us something we don’t already know!!
A hot bath is liquid psychotherapy. It is peaceful and soothing. Once you’ve started a bath, chances are you may feel insulated from troubles — you know you’ll have to pay attention to the world soon enough, but not just now.
There is actually scientific evidence to support the accuracy of this. A study preformed in 2002 at the University of Wolverhampton found that a daily bath significantly improved the mood and optimism of participants. This was attributed to a combination of bodily comfort, warmth, isolation, and body positioning. A hot bath at the end of the day can provide a host of physical and psychological benefits including the following:
1. A good night’s sleep is known to support immune system strength and aid in pain recovery.
A heated bath before bedtime is apparently a good way to ensure that you drift off to the Land of Nod with greater ease. A drop in body temperature at night signals that the body is preparing to start producing melatonin, the hormone that induces sleep. A Hot bath can kick-start this downward shift by artificially heating us up and then returning us to the cooler climate of our bedroom. However, it is important to avoid overheating yourself or you may actually get revved up instead of chilled out.
*Note of Caution – Pregnant woman should not bathe at temperatures above 100 deg. F.
2. A Hot Bath is Known to Alleviate Cold Symptoms
Although a hot bath can't make the common cold vanish, submerging in hot water targets two different elements of cold management: steam therapy and overall body temperature. Inhaling steam is an excellent remedy for cold-induced misery. It clears out the nasal passages while reducing inflammation. Studies have shown that elevated body temperatures actually help the immune system fight infections.
3. Relief of Chronic Pain
If you're a sufferer of chronic pain related to arthritis, fibromyalgia, or muscular lower back issues, hot baths are the way to go! Scientific discoveries have shown that saltwater baths reduce swelling in cells by dehydrating them and can continue to inhibit the inflammation that causes such serious pain.
4. Relief of Muscle Aches and Pains
Similar to the reasons listed above, a hot saltwater bath can provide significant relief to sore, tired and aching muscles. The heated salts not only reduce inflammation, but also act to relieve trapped lactic acid from muscles.
O.K…Now that we’ve adequately given you a plethora of rationalities to indulge in a self-rejuvenating, private “me” time bath, the following salts have been formulated to provide maximum relief for headaches, body aches, dry/itchy skin and overall relaxations and rejuvenation. Each blend has been thoroughly researched and the ingredients chosen in order to provide the optimal benefits for the purpose intended…and they bubble!!!
Not wearing face cream at all might be the first step to getting it wrong.
Some people just don't think wearing face cream is important so they choose to skip it. Others don't wear it because they have oily skin or breakouts and think that moisturizers exacerbate the problem. Then there are those who just simply forget to put it on entirely.
Did You Know:
Skin is 30 percent water and lipids. Wearing face cream is important because it helps to seal in moisture with emollient ingredients and can help draw in moisture from the air with humectant properties.
*Oily skin is actually a symptom of dehydrated skin. The skin will try to over-compensate dryness by producing more sebum. Sebum is the waxy substance that helps keep skin protected and waterproof. Not wearing face cream because you confuse sebum with moisture or water content can keep you at risk for the negative and harmful effects of dry skin. That is why wearing a good face cream is all the more important for oily skin; it helps to slow oil production and keeps it hydrated!
It may be surprising to know that how we use our moisturizer is just as important as the product itself. How much product is used, how it's applied and when can make a big difference on your skin!
Wash your hands to help reduce bacteria and contaminates that can get into your product. Clean hands can also limit the spread of said bacteria and pathogens on the skin.
It is best to apply skincare on damp, rather than dry skin. Humectants work to seal in moisture. A lack of moisture inhibits their ability to work at optimal levels.
Take a quarter-sized amount of cream and warm it in the hands. Spread it over the palms about two to three times. This helps give an even application when you put your hands to the face. Start at the cheeks before spreading cream to the forehead, chin and neck. Don’t forget the neck! Remember to keep it light-handed and move in upward strokes. Be even gentler around the eye area.
*Using more of a product doesn't provide more moisture; it merely provides more product than the skin can absorb & wastes valuable product.
Additionally, skin cream alone may not be qualified to meet your skincare needs. A layering approach is generally preferred. If you choose to bring your skincare routine to this next level, it is important to know what order to apply each product.
When layering products, the general rule is to start with the lightest and work up to the heaviest in density.
Reasoning behind this is that second product applied has to have the ability to penetrate the first in order to benefit the skin. An example of proper order would be: Toner… Face Serum…Face Cream.
What? You say?...Don’t you sell skincare products? Yes…we sell skincare products…not miracles. The simple truth is, there is very little you can do to turn back the clock. Good skincare habits should begin in youth (gentle cleansing morning & night, sunscreen, etc.), but let’s face it; in our youth, we’re indestructible and there’s no chance we’ll ever experience the detriments of aging! It’s certainly not on the forefront of most youthful minds. Then we turn 40! Crows Feet become visible and panic sets in!The good news is that it’s never too late to begin good skincare habits that can keep our skin hydrated, smooth & healthy. Some good habits include the following:1. Oil-cleanse both morning & night. You’ll be amazed at how this will lock in moisture and improve skin texture.2. NEVER go to bed with your makeup on and change your pillowcase regularly! Dirt…Bacteria…deadly to a good complexion!3. Exfoliate. This helps remove dead skin cells, accelerates cell turnover and new cell growth, cleans pores and allows skin care products to penetrate more deeply.4. Adopt the habit of using a high quality face mask designed for your needs. A good mask will deeply cleanse, replace lost moisture & increase circulation, bringing nutrients to the upper dermal layers.5. Of course, every skincare regimen requires a quality face cream and, I believe a quality face oil…especially in dry winter months. 6. Avoid chemicals. No matter how good they may sound, they’re manufactured and our skin is a natural creation. Eventually, they will cause more harm than good. Keep it natural. Good skincare replaces what our skin naturally has during our youth. We can minimize the aging process, or at least the appearance of it, by keeping our skin healthy and moisturized. Then there’s good diet & exercise. But we’ll save that topic for another day!
Many emergency care facilities have begun implementing the use of intravenous magnesium therapy to save patients in the early stages of heart attacks and strokes?
Topical magnesium treatments, in the form of creams and baths are second only to injections for delivering this critical mineral directly into the bloodstream and bypassing the digestive system. Oh...and they're far more pleasant than injections!