You've probably been told that you should 'take' magnesium to help with muscle cramps & recovery after a workout - but what's it all about? I'm a Magnesaholic... so let me fill you in.
Magnesium plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, including energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance, muscle movements & nervous system regulation.
These amazing salts can relieve sore muscles & joints, reduce pain related to functional magnesium deficiency, replenish soft tissues & facilitate sleep. They are also associated with benefits such as aiding bone health, regulating calcium in the body, lowering the risk of diabetes, maintaining heart health, relieving migraine headaches, premenstrual syndrome & anxiety.
Recovery magnesium chloride flakes are harvested from the Dead Sea, the deepest saline lake in the world, reaching deep into the earth’s crust where ancient mineral deposits are still abundant. The flakes can then be used in bath soaks, body scrubs, foot soaks. They can be combined with essential oils or used as an oil spray.
Magnesium can be taken orally or trans-dermally (absorbed through the pores of the skin). Trans-dermal magnesium uptake is the easiest way to quickly & safely raise magnesium levels in the body, without causing common intestinal problems such as nausea, cramps & diarrhea, that can be caused by taking magnesium orally.
The trans-dermal method quickly & effectively relieves sore muscles & joints, reduces pain related to functional magnesium deficiency & relieves muscle cramps by replenishing depleted soft tissues, without GI issues. Magnesium application allows your body to self-regulate & absorb what is needed, removing the possibility of over or under dosing. Magnesium is very important to supplement since it is lost from the body through sweating.
Additional benefits include greater energy, more relaxed muscles, stronger connective tissues, better sleep, improved mental function, alleviation of headaches, improved sleep & the detoxification & removal of toxins & heavy metals at a cellular level. Magnesium is directly linked to the body's production of DHEA, often called the 'Feel Good Hormone', which declines dramatically with age. Magnesium Oil also acts as an effective full body tonic increasing energy, strength & endurance relatedto the 350 enzymes directly related to magnesium.
Magnesium aids recovery through it's ability to relax muscles & ease muscular aches, pains and cramps. If you’re deficient in magnesium, muscle cramps can become a real issue. Magnesium helps muscles relax & contract by aiding with the regulation of neuromuscular signals, muscle contractions & the active transport of calcium & potassium across cellular membranes. Magnesium supplementation, particularly transdermal magnesium application such as an oil or spray, can be extremely beneficial in relieving the pain caused by muscular cramps & DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
Magnesium aids sleep on a chemical level by activating your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for getting you calm & relaxed, so you can find sleep. Magnesium regulates neurotransmitters, which sends signals throughout the nervous system & brain. It also regulates the hormone melatonin, which guides your body’s circadian rhythms (sleep/wake cycles). On top of all of this, magnesium binds to GABA receptors, which are responsible for quietening down nerve activity, the same receptors used by sleep drugs.By helping to quiet the nervous system, magnesium prepares your mind & body for sleep.
Magnesium aids menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) by relaxing the smooth muscle of the uterus & reducing the prostaglandins that cause period pain. Simple.
Magnesium Chloride V’s Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salts) what’s the difference? Magnesium chloride is the best choice because of its clinical & pharmacological effects, & its lower tissue toxicity as compared to magnesium sulphate. Magnesium chloride is more bioavailable or absorbed & utilized by the body.Magnesium sulphate is also more rapidly excreted through the kidneys than magnesium chloride, which explains why results don’t last long, and more amounts are needed for desired effects.While it may be tempting to just buy Epsom Salts for your relaxation soak, magnesium bath flakes & topical magnesium oil (both made from magnesium chloride) are your best bet when looking to soak away the stress of the day & wind down for a good night’s sleep.
With all of these benefits, why don't you go ahead & give Magnesium Chloride a go... I'm sure you'll be a convert, just like me.