It might surprise you to know that about 90% of people are magnesium deficient. Shocking numbers. Some even go as far as to say that it might be the biggest cause of our health problems world wide.
With many signs that can be attributed to other conditions and could be hard to catch this deficiency unless you know what sign your body is sending you so you can take care of it as soon as possible. Let me just mention some problems that could occur if you are magnesium deficient.
Magnesium deficiency can lead to calcification of arteries which can cause heart attacks and other heart related problems.
Cramps and Spasms
In the heat of the summer while exercising I have experienced what it is like to suffer from cramps. A few of those times I have actually cried in pain. Potassium did not help much but by adding magnesium I was able to almost eliminate it the muscle cramps.
High Blood Pressure
A study at Harvard university has found that people with the healthiest amount of magnesium had the healthiest blood pressure!
This fact got me excited to the point of going to a health food store looking for magnesium supplements. I have suffered with anxiety since my early twenty's and have learned how to control it, well, at least try to control it as much as I though was possible but according to many studies magnesium can be a tremendous help in ability to relax the body and mind at the same time. I have once heard that there can be no tension in the body with a relaxed mind. I am still looking to master that.
I was intrigued to hear about this as I know many people who have suffered or still with this and have tried numerous techniques and medication with no major advancement. As it turns out the problem could actually be fixed by simply correcting the magnesium deficiency.
Researches have found that magnesium deprived pregnant women experienced stronger pregnancy mood swings and even physical discomfort. I wish I knew this when I was pregnant, or rather I think my husband wishes he knew this.
Poor Bone Health
When magnesium deficient bones also suffer from poor vitamin D absorption, therefore it is recommended to take the two together.
Just like for anxiety magnesium can help you relax to get a well needed restful sleep.
There are many magnesium supplements on the market that can easily help with all of the problems mentioned above. One problem though is that magnesium supplements can cause some digestion problems. A solution to that is a topical magnesium spray. It can be sprayed directly on the skin and is safe for children.
It is recommended to add about 1,000 mg/day for adults and 4-500 mg/day.
Homemade Magnesium Spray
- What you need
- ½ cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes
- ½ cup distilled water
- A glass bowl or glass measuring cup
- A glass spray bottle (plastic will work too)
Boil the water and pour it over the Magnesium Chloride flakes (in a glass bowl). Stir well until completely dissolved and wait until it cools down to pour it into the spray bottle.
How to use
Spray it on your skin (legs, arms and stomach) about 10-15 sprays every day. You could do it right after the shower. Wait at least 15-20 minutes to wash it off, if the odor and particles on your skin bothers you.