According to Dr. Mark Sircus, an expert on magnesium and author of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, the benefits of applying magnesium to your skin, include:
Trans-dermal magnesium therapy is simply a method of delivering minerals to the body through the skin (i.e. trans-dermal). This isn’t a new concept – topical remedies anointed, bandaged, rubbed or applied to the skin are likely to have been used since the origin of man!
More recent, science-based examples include nicotine patches to help smokers quit, or estrogen patches to treat menopausal symptoms.
Despite a long history and evidence based approach, the idea of reaching our daily intake of magnesium through the skin may be a foreign notion to many, particularly as we have been commonly taught to get our nutrients from food sources. However, when it comes to magnesium, many people struggle to reach their daily targets through diet alone, and there are many reasons for this.
Start slowly with this cream, initially applying no more than a teaspoon or so, and working your way up to higher levels as your body adjusts to an influx of extra magnesium. Once your symptoms of magnesium deficiency have been resolved, you can maintain at this level or reduce your use slightly.
The magnesium cream/lotion can be applied to any part of the body, particularly the soles of the feet, or areas where you are experiencing muscle aches or pains – such as the lower back, feet, legs, neck or shoulders.
You can also mix this lotion with a few drops of carrier oil, like sweet almond or coconut, to make a soothing massage oil. In any application, allow the lotion to stay on your skin for at least 20 to 30 minutes before showering or swimming as trans-dermal magnesium requires this length of time for absorption. Just leave it on and forget.
This hydrating cream also acts as a natural sleep aid when applied before bedtime.
"Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system. With this, it is frequently used to promote good sleep. But more importantly, it can be used to calm irritated and over-excited nerves. This is especially useful with epileptic seizures, convulsions in pregnant women and the 'shakes' in alcoholism. Magnesium levels are generally low in alcoholics, contributing or causing many of their health problems.
If magnesium levels are low, the nerves lose control over muscle activity, respiration and mental processes. Nervous fatigue, tics and twitches, tremors, irritability, hypersensitivity, muscle spasms, restlessness, anxiety, confusion, disorientation and irregular heartbeat all respond to increased magnesium levels. A common phenomenon of magnesium deficiency is a sharp muscle reaction to an unexpected loud noise."
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