Magnesium is an essential mineral. It assists with muscle and nerve function, supports the immune system, regulates heart rhythm, and keeps bones strong.
Americans consume the highest amount of calcium but maintain the highest amount of osteoporosis. Why? It’s because calcium is not fully absorbed without magnesium. We all suffer from too little magnesium!
Magnesium is an essential mineral. It assists with muscle and nerve function, supports the immune system, regulates heart rhythm, and keeps bones strong. Ongoing studies are evaluating magnesium’s role in preventing and managing hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
Studies have found that 68% of us don’t get even the recommended daily intake of magnesium, and about 80% of Americans are deficient. Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon who used magnesium extensively for brain injuries, recommends 1,000 mg of magnesium a day, yet the RDI is only 400 mg, and bioavailability is the key. Dr. Blaylock tells us that magnesium oxide, the cheapest form and the one most often found, does not even reach the cells! When looking for magnesium supplements, avoid that one. Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, a fascinating book that we recommend, says we cannot ingest enough food to extract enough magnesium for our needs, so supplementation is necessary. BUT magnesium is a laxative, and you don’t want to get too much orally!
We think the best way to get the necessary magnesium to your cells is transdermally, or through the skin—the largest organ in the body. We recommended a 20-minute foot soak, or a soak in a bathtub full of Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate). Use at least a cupful, maybe add bubble bath, coconut oil, and essential oils, and soak for 20 minutes. No time to soak? Use our Magnesium Gel with Aloe Vera.
Another excellent book we recommend is Mark Sircus’s Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, first published in 2007 and updated in the paperback version in 2011.