“Magnesium is the ‘lamp of life’ and one of the most important keys to overall health. When applied in the correct way magnesium offers us a return to strength and vigor and is useful in a medical sense in more ways than we can possibly imagine.” – Dr. Mark Sircus, Transdermal Magnesium Therapy: A New Modality for the Maintenance of Health
Until age 29, magnesium to me was just another mineral on a laundry list of vitamins and minerals that a person could keep track of in their diet. I had never heard any doctor, personal or public, tout the benefits of it.
I feel that it is almost a crime that it isn’t talked about widely. It has the potential to lift millions out of a lethargic stupor.
A chance listen to an interview with Dr. Carolyn Dean led me to incorporate this hallowed mineral into my life. I have tried it in liquid form internally, and I have tried the transdermal application of it in the form of magnesium chloride. The latter has served me very well. I now have a habit of applying it to my feet in the morning and before bedtime. It is the holy water of a health-conscious person. I’ll tell you why.
Magnesium (Mg) is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. Most Americans (at least 75%) are critically deficient in this mineral. Symptoms of deficiency include muscle cramps, irregular heartbeat, fatigue, confusion, headaches, and irritability. While many people turn to prescription or over-the-counter drugs to treat these issues, they would do well to consider this nutritional medicine as well. I have heard countless anecdotal stories of people dramatically changing their quality of life by simply getting the recommended dose of magnesium. I, too, have discovered that I can feel like a person again.
An actual person.
I will admit that I wasn’t immediately consistent with my magnesium intake once I had it in my possession. If you try to consume it in liquid form, you may find the taste incredibly bitter. I tried drinking a glass of water with a capful, and I could barely get it down. I then added the capful to my orange juice. While I was able to down the whole thing, I missed the sweet, unadulterated flavor of my morning treat. It was a small price to pay for better health, so I kept at it till I ran out of the pricey bottles. Then, being human, I sort of forgot to order more. I figured that my multivitamin would suffice. Plenty of time passed before I reprimanded myself for letting it slide. Magnesium is not absorbed well in pill form. It is also impossible to get an adequate amount of magnesium from a contemporary diet. I had to acknowledge those facts.
During my second pregnancy, I was afflicted by RLS. I immediately knew what I had to do. I had been on and off with a cheap brand of watered-down magnesium spray, and I decided to search for more potent stuff. After reading reviews of a few brands, I settled on Ancient Minerals Magnesium Spray. I kicked my restless legs around as I pressed the ‘Place Order’ button.
When the spray arrived, I immediately went to town with it. I knew from the reviews that there might be a tingly sensation at first, and I quickly realized that yes, ouch, I would have to feel uncomfortable for twenty minutes as I waited for it to absorb. Holy pricklies, did it sting. Once I washed off the residue, I immediately felt better. I felt like I had been draped with a comforting cloak of peace. The magnesium was in my blood stream, and it was quenching a long thirst. I slept better than I had in months. I had extremely productive days. There was no question that the pain was worth it. But why did it have to be painful? Why did something so good for the body have to make me cringe? I kept spraying it on at night. On the fourth night, I didn’t even experience a bad tingling sensation. I didn’t even feel the urge to wash off the residue. I went to bed and slept beautifully!
It was on my fifth nightly application with the magnesium chloride that I experienced a much worse burning sensation than ever before. I had done nothing differently. I had used the same amount of sprays, and my legs were not freshly shaven. My calves turned red, and my eyes watered a bit. My concerned husband told me that he didn’t think the stuff was good for me. I dashed into the bathroom and quickly scrubbed it all off. It was a real bummer. I didn’t want to try it again.
So of course the RLS and insomnia came back. I was frustrated. I thought I might have to get the liquid magnesium again. Did I really want to? No. It tasted like sulfur. I told myself I would have to try the spray one more time, on another part of my body. I felt dread.
An unexpected conversation with an old friend gave me hope. She had the exact same product, and she swore by it. She sprayed it on her feet, and she never experienced the sting! I told her that I had been spraying it on my arms and legs with varying degrees of ensuing pain. I thought about how our feet are the most absorbent parts of our bodies due to how large the pores are. She encouraged me to give it another go. I did.
Oh thank goodness.
I sprayed the bottoms of my feet and winced in anticipation of the inevitable pain. It never came. There wasn’t even a slight tingle. I waited a few minutes and sprayed some more. No issues. I slept like a baby. Would I have the same results the next few nights? Yes. Eureka! It works!
Hopefully, my personal account of trying magnesium will help others avoid some of the same pitfalls. Taste it at your own risk, and go easy on the first sprays. It is not the most pleasant substance. It doesn’t smell like jasmine, and it doesn’t feel like fairy dust. But, you probably won’t go wrong when you apply it to the soles of your feet. I challenge you to find a highly-rated magnesium spray and try it for thirty days. See how you sleep. See how you feel. You might not realize till now that you’ve been parched your entire life. Magnesium oil is the real deal.