Now why would I call magnesium magic? Well I am going to tell you all about it in this article and what magnesium does for your health and body.
Magnesium happens to be an extremely crucial mineral for your health since it is required for over 300 biochemical responses in the body. Wow isn’t that something. It also helps for the strengthening of bones, yes not just calcium as everybody knows. Magnesium helps the body to absorb calcium and it also ensures that your calcium intake is properly metabolized.
Remember you need to drink your milk for strong bones and teeth; well that is not the thing really, milk is not really good for you in the first place. The human body is not designed to metabolize cow’s milk. You are not a babe calf are you? Not your mother, not your milk.
Nowadays, milking cows are given antibiotics and most are also injected with a genetically engineered form of bovine growth hormone (rBGH). A man-made or synthetic hormone used to artificially increase milk production, rBGH also increases blood levels of the insulin-growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in those who drink it. And higher levels of IGF-1 are linked to several cancers.
Not only do we barely absorb the calcium in cow’s milk (especially if pasteurized), but to make matters worse, it actually increases calcium loss from the bones. What an irony this is!
Here’s how it happens. Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. Calcium is an excellent acid neutralizer and the biggest storage of calcium in the body in the bones. So the very same calcium that our bones need to stay strong is utilized to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk. Once calcium is pulled out of the bones, it leaves the body via the urine, so that the surprising net result after this is an actual calcium deficit.
No need to worry, you can get your calcium intake from somewhere else! Green leafy vegetables like broccoli and cabbage, nuts and oranges. Then you can also visit your local health shop for calcium supplements. Now remember that it is important to take calcium with magnesium!
Magnesium also plays a vital role in the activation of Vitamin D in the kidneys. Vitamin D is also essential for healthy bones.
Magnesium works wonders for constipation; this is due to the laxative quality of magnesium that helps the intestinal muscles relax. I personally found that other herbal products taken for constipation gives tummy cramps, where as magnesium do not. It is also critical to retain the health of all the muscles in your body which includes your heart and for the transmission of electrical signals in the body.
This brings me to EPSOM salts. If you thought it was salt, well sorry, it is actually a mineral compound of MAGNESIUM and sulfate. Epsom salt got its name from the town in England where it was discovered in the early 17th century.
This great “salt” has soooo many benefits; you just can’t be without it in your kitchen.
Number one, it works wonders for constipation, as I have mentioned that magnesium has a laxative quality. You only need to take a teaspoon full in half a glass of water on an empty stomach to get the result you want. At least with half a glass it is just one big sip, because I know it does not taste well, ha-ha. Do not use this remedy more than once a day.
When you are tired and overworked and your muscles are all sore and tight up, make sure to take a nice loooong hot bath with a cup or two of Epsom salt. The magnesium revitalizes and relaxes your muscles. Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. I will give a nice bath salt recipe at the end of this article.
An Epsom salt bath is also known relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of gout, bronchial asthma, and migraine headaches.
The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.
For itchy skin, bug bites or sunburn, you can dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom salt in a half cup of cool water in a spray bottle and sprits on skin as needed.
Epsom salt has many other uses, Health, Beauty, Household and Gardening. Yes even plants benefit from magnesium. Most plants need nutrients like magnesium and sulfur to stay in good health, and Epsom salt makes the primary nutrients in most plant foods (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) more effective. Sprinkle Epsom salt once weekly to help nourish your houseplants, flowers, and vegetables.
Well now there is another catch, you do not only get one type of magnesium. There are many, many types of magnesium, and the body absorbs each differently. So which one should you be taking? What is the best magnesium supplement for you? Let’s have a look at the different types.
- Magnesium oxide: this magnesium has a strong laxative effect.
- Magnesium citrate: A magnesium acid complex that is widely available, versatile and has solid bioavailability, magnesium citrate is a popular option. This magnesium supplement comes widely recommended by doctors and health professionals.
- Magnesium chloride: This is likely the most popular mineral magnesium. Magnesium chloride is commonly found in sea water. It’s believed to have the highest bioavailability of mineral magnesium.
- Magnesium sulphate: aka Epsom salt. Unless you enjoy swallowing supplements, this is one of the most pleasant ways to supplement magnesium; simply dissolve a cup or two of Epsom salts in a warm bath and soak. Unfortunately, bioavailability is pretty low. That just means more bath time, right?
- Magnesium Glycinate : Optimum bioavailability. Best for anyone with a deficiency.
- Magnesium Lysinate: Good bioavailability.
- Magnesium Orotate: Heart health support.
- Magnesium Taurate: Heart health support and promotes calmness.
- Magnesium Aspartate: Helps fight fatigue and promote cellular energy.
- Magnesium L-Threonate: Promotes mental sharpness and cognitive health.
- Magnesium Malate: Supports ATP production and cellular energy.
- Topical magnesium oil: made with magnesium chloride.
Wow, now that is a lot of magnesium! The best is to ask your healthcare professional or health shop which will be the best one to use for your needs.
Of course there is a lot of food containing magnesium, isn’t it just great news
Foods which contain magnesium:
- Green leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach and kale)
- Fruit (figs, avocado, banana and raspberries)
- Nuts and seeds
- Legumes (black beans, chickpeas and kidney beans)
- Vegetables (peas, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, artichokes, asparagus, brussels sprouts)
- Seafood (salmon, mackerel, tuna)
- Whole grains (brown rice and oats)
- Raw cacao
- Dark Chocolate
- Baked beans
- Chlorella powder
Mmmm did you see that? Dark chocolate contains magnesium, yummy.
I am sure you have new respect for magnesium and especial for our common household ingredient called Epsom salt.
Lastly and very important, Epsom salts also removes negative energy from your body after a healing, especially a wonder full Life Activation that will only change your life for good.
Until next time, have a great relaxing bath. …
Homemade Healing Bath Salts
- 3 cups Epsom salts
- 1 cup baking soda
- Water to fill bath (as hot as you can stand without burning yourself)
- 40 drops lavender essential oil (or use 20 drops lavender essential oil and 20 drops juniper berry essential oil)
- Large glass jar
Combine dry ingredients and store in a closed container
- At bath time, add 1 cup of dry ingredients and the essential oil to the water
- Soak for 20–40 minutes (the longer the better)
My name is Rica Grové,
I started my journey never really knowing what I wanted to do in life, but I always had this interest in the healing properties of foods and a few years back I really found my passion in life, the natural healing of herbs. Living as natural and healthy and earth friendly as possible.
It is so amazing to know the gifts that nature has in store for us, the medicinal properties of plants that God created gave to us. We must just use it! For century’s people has been using plants to heal. It is my passion and mission in life to know as much as possible of natural healing and the amazing benefits of all the plant medicines and to put it to practice to help heal people and animals in the best way possible. I even started my own range of natural ointments and oils.
Practising alternative healings gives me so much Joy in life. Not just healing the body, but the mind and the Soul. I am also a Life Activation Practitioner & Kabbalist in the Modern Mystery School.
I would love to share my knowledge with all of you who wish to learn to heal yourselves the natural way.
Contact Rica at Rica@LiminaLucem.co.za