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Did you know that most people in the world are deficient in magnesium and probably don’t even know it? Due to the way our food is processed, effects of the environment, medications, it is estimated by the U.S. Department of Health that one in five Americans doesn’t get enough of what is considered one of the seven essential nutrients for good health.
As a result, an insufficient amount of magnesium can leave us prone to a multiple of health problems from eczema, allergies, headaches, anxiety, chronic pain from arthritis, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, cardiac health, asthma, low energy production, to effects of the nervous system to begin with. Learn more about magnesium deficiency here.
Unless you take a blood test to determine the amount of magnesium in your blood, you may be experiencing symptoms of a deficiency and be at risk. However, there is a safe alternative for better absorption with a topically applied magnesium that delivers the necessary nutrient through your skin.
A transdermal (topical magnesium) like the products I was recently sent for this review and giveaway from Ancient Minerals is a better option than an oral version for a few reasons. For starters, you would probably develop diarrhea for the amount of oral magnesium needed to satisfy the deficiency. Another reason is that Magnesium Oxide does not stay in your system adequately and gets excreted unlike the topical products that I have been testing.
I wanted to try these Ancient Minerals products because I believe in the good they can do after I researched the subject. Being one with allergies and a painful wrist lately, I thought this project would be an interesting test.
The Ancient Minerals Magnesium Chloride Bath Flakes is the weakest form of this line that I gradually introduced my body to. This magnesium has been untouched from modern pollution deep into the earth for the past 250 million years in the Ancient Zechstein Seabed. I followed the recommended one cup of flakes to my bath water and soaked for 10 minutes. I did and followed with the Magnesium Lotion, which is slighter stronger to my arms and legs, especially the wrist.
I bathed in the flakes twice in one week, but I used the lotion every day for one week. My wrist was not better after such a short time, but my pain did seem to be lessening slightly after my initial week with the lotion.
I tried the Magnesium Gel Plus also next for several days. This formula keeps hydrated on the skin with certified organic aloe vera and needed to be wiped off after use. This was fine with me, but slightly more work than the lotion.
With hopeful expectation, I decided my body might be ready for the strongest form of the Magnesium Oil Spray. This does give a slight tingly feeling, but I have been applying it every day to my wrist. I think something like this would take at least a month of use to fully take advantage of the benefits. This product does seem to curb some of the pain the more days I keep using it.
I am going to continue using these products and will eventually test the lotion on my forehead to see how the allergies due because I do see a difference already in how my wrist is feeling. Anyone suffering from any of the symptoms I mentioned should consider topical magnesium as a possible solution.
Before you think of using any transdermal magnesium products, you should check with your doctor if you are currently taking any medication. Those on blood thinners should not use this type of product because your test levels can be altered.
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