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The Primal Scoop on Magnesium

 

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If you live near the sea and take regular dips in ocean water, one of the benefits (amongst others) you receive is a good healthy dose of magnesium, absorbed right through your skin. It’s one of the reasons that one feels a slight oily film on the skin after emerging from seawater.   It’s also the reason that one feels a heightened sense of well-being after a dip in the ocean.  Magnesium.

More than 300 biochemical processes of the human body are dependent upon the cellular presence of magnesium.  It is an essential mineral that contributes to the healthy functioning of your muscles, nerves and immune system, as well as your bone health and glucose levels. It aids protein production, energy generation and keeps your heartbeat steady. Cellular magnesium levels must be optimal for the human body to function at its peak.

Magnesium is available from many sources but there are absorption issues with some, as well as unpleasant consequences of getting too much from other sources. For example, magnesium derived from Magnesium Hydroxide (also known as Milk of Magnesia) has a strong laxative effect. Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt) is a favorite bath soaking salt for sore muscles but isn’t absorbed well to raise cellular levels. The Recommended Daily Allowances for magnesium range from 310mg/day for women, up to 420mg/day for men.

Some foods are good sources of magnesium. Regular intake of bone broth and fatty fish like mackerel are good sources. Most fruits, vegetables and nuts contribute decent amounts to raise cellular magnesium levels. Magnesium in grains and legumes, although present, may not be absorbed as easily due to secondary gut issues and the benefit from those sources is questionable.
Oral supplements such as Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Oxide and Magnesium Malate are reasonable contributors. However, one of the best sources is the topical application and transdermal absorption of Magnesium Chloride, also known as Magnesium Oil.  It isn’t really an oil but it does have that kind of feel.

The reason regular dips in the ocean will raise your cellular levels of magnesium is due to the skin’s absorption of natural Magnesium Chloride from ocean water.

If you live near the sea and take regular dips in the ocean your magnesium levels are probably ideal.  If not, you may not be meeting your daily intake requirements. The use of supplemental Magnesium Oil, applied to your skin daily, will be similar to the benefits of taking that ocean plunge.

A couple of teaspoons of Magnesium Oil, applied to your arm pits (in place of your deodorant) and rubbed into your body trunk is all you’ll likely need to optimize cellular magnesium levels.  However, if you also suffer from sore tight muscles and achy joints, a little extra applied to them may provide some temporary relief as well.