Magnesium: The Facts
Magnesium is an essential building block for our bodies. Known as the ‘miracle mineral’, it is required for over 300 bodily functions including maintaining and improving muscle function.*
Shockingly, 70% of all Australians are estimated to be Magnesium deficient.** For those of us who hit the gym or exercise frequently we are at risk of decreased magnesium levels as magnesium is excreted through sweat and urine which are produced in greater amounts during physical activity. It is so important to replace those minerals lost to ensure our muscles can repair and perform. Also as we age, it becomes harder for our bodies to extract magnesium from food so additional sources for increasing magnesium levels in the body are required.
Bathing in magnesium chloride is known to help:
• Muscle aches and joint soreness
• Post-exercise recovery
• Replenish magnesium levels in the body
Transdermal: Magnesium absorption via the skin
Transdermal adsorption of magnesium via the skin is known to be a safe and effective way of increasing magnesium levels in the body and bypasses absorption problems and side effects of oral supplementation. It also allows the application of targeted magnesium application to sore muscles and joints.
For the optimal transdermal magnesium experience, use 2 cups per bath or ½ cup for a foot soak in warm (not hot) water for 20 minutes. One cup contains approximately 15g of elemental magnesium.
*Nutritional Business Journal, Issue24, vol3 2017 US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Magnesium in man: implications for health and disease.
**ABS, National Nutrition Survey: Selected Highlights, Australia, 2015