You remember the dad and his Windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding?
That’s me and magnesium.
Something hurting? Magnesium! Can’t sleep? Magnesium! Constipated? Magnesium! Morning sickness? Magnesium! Kid stuck a marble up her nose? Magnesium! Ha. I jest. But really in my mind there are few things that can’t be helped with some extra magnesium.
If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you’re well aware of my magnesium obsession. No shortage of posts about its many uses and virtues around here:
- Magnesium for Pregnancy and Beyond
- Preventing Morning Sickness
- Preventing Preterm Labor
- Baby Shower Basket Essentials
- Gift Ideas for the Pregnant Woman You Love
- Happy Sleep
- Restoring Balance and Fertility
- Magnesium for Tics and Tourette Syndrome
- 5 Tips for Managing Anxiety
- Natural Solutions for PMS
- Magnesium for Healthier Moms and Babies
- Soothe Your Life with Magnesium
So, in brief… As a result of depleted soils, processing of refined grains, diets low in magnesium-rich foods, and high consumption of magnesium-depleting substances (sugar, caffeine, alcohol, birth control pills, antacids, antibiotics, and soft drinks) many people are not getting sufficient magnesium through dietary means. Even taking oral supplements is often not enough to restore adequate magnesium stores. Many people’s bodies do not absorb magnesium supplements very well through the digestive tract.
If you experience any (or many) of the following symptoms, you may benefit from boosting your magnesium levels:
Anxiety and panic attacks
Headaches and migraines
Abnormal bowel function, constipation, etc.
High blood pressure
Muscle pain, cramps, and spasms
Kidney disease and kidney stones
Recurrent miscarriages and premature labor
Menstrual cramping and bloating
Pregnancy leg cramps
Magnesium deficiencies can be remedied far more quickly using topical magnesium. It can take six months to a year for individuals with magnesium deficiencies to restore intracellular magnesium to ideal levels with oral supplementation alone. But Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., a neurosurgeon and world-renowned pain management expert, has found that skin application of magnesium oil (25% magnesium chloride concentration) can restore intracellular levels within just four to six weeks (see Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., The Magnesium Miracle, p. 248).
I often recommend epsom salt baths as a good way for people to boost their magnesium levels. Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate, a cheap and easy-to-find magnesium source. But magnesium chloride (as found in sea water) is the ideal form of magnesium for the body to utilize.
I have been using magnesium chloride topically (bath salts, liquid, cream) for over five years now. And I have seen many benefits in my own health as I have used it. Lately magnesium is my go-to for weird pregnancy aches and pains, leg and foot cramps, nausea, braxton-hicks contractions, round ligament pain, ankle swelling, headaches, etc. As a preventative measure, I rub magnesium oil on my belly or back pretty much every day.
About a year and a half ago I started using and sharing magnesium chloride sourced from the Dead Sea, packaged and distributed by the company Mg12. While magnesium is the primary ingredient, these products actually contain 21+ vital trace minerals in an ionic form, the form most easily recognized by the body.
Mg12 has kindly been giving my readers a 10% discount on their products (with coupon code “birthfaith”) since I first connected with them. In gratitude for my efforts in helping to promote their products they sent me a lovely package this week full of oodles of Mg12 products. Perfect timing ’cause we were running low on magnesium bath crystals. I thought I’d pay their generosity forward and give away some of the cool stuff they sent. Lots of cool stuff (but, sorry, I’m keeping the bath crystals). ;-)
I am giving away three prizes. I will cover shipping for anyone within the United States. Winners outside of the U.S. will need to cover their own shipping costs (sorry!).
- Mg12 Travel Pack Samples
- Shampoo, Soap, and Deodorant
- Magnesium Oil and Magnesport
You can read more details about these products on the Mg12 website.
Enter the giveaway below!
Whether you win or not, you can always get 10% off any Mg12 purchases when you use coupon code “birthfaith.”