Do your legs drive you crazy at night with the relentless symptoms of restless legs syndrome? Is that anxiety getting beyond your ability to "just cope?" How are those oral magnesium supplements working out for you?
Wow, was I wrong... within a week of these salty baths, the pain had begun to reduce, it continued to do so over time. Bonus discovery was the way it helped me cope better - the anxiety attacks just weren't there anymore. I had never had any kind of result like this with the supplements I was taking. To back up my experience, there are a growing number of trials and studies showing the superior absorption levels of transdermal magnesium compared to tablet and capsule supplementation.
Let's first look (again!) at why magnesium is so vital. Magnesium is a coenzyme that catalyzes hundreds of biochemical processes throughout the body. It’s essential for myriad chemical reactions, the production and transport of energy, synthesis of protein, transmission of nerve signals, muscle function, healthy DNA, and more. All the nerves in your body use magnesium to help send messages along the nerve pathways. It is also involved in blood pressure regulation and blood sugar uptake. Many significant health problems can now be attributed to magnesium deficiency including increased insulin resistance leading to diabetes, insomnia, fatigue, muscular tension, nervous hypersensitivity, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, tics, tremors and even some skin disorders.
Did you read our earlier blog on the incredible results one customer had with using our sprays on psoriasis? Check out the before and after;
Why Are We All So Deficient?
The consumption of sugar, alcohol, some medications and chemical exposures and the prevalence of stress in our lives, sap our magnesium reserves. Magnesium is necessary for calcium transport, so when it is deficient, bones get soft and calcium becomes deposited instead of circulating and integrating into tissue. This can result in bone spurs, cataracts, atherosclerosis and many other problems. Read more hereNow I hear you saying "I'll take supplements". NO. One problem with magnesium supplementation is that so much of it is eliminated in the bowel. In fact, magnesium sulphate (Epsom salt) is used as a laxative. Magnesium hydroxide is used as an antacid. Both of these forms of magnesium are not useful for supplementing the blood and tissues. Amino acids can help magnesium cross from the gut into the bloodstream, but in general, it is difficult to supply sufficient magnesium through oral supplementation. For this reason, it is helpful to supplement magnesium intravenously or transdermally. Intravenous treatment is a medical procedure, but transdermal administration is something you can do yourself, anytime, anywhere.
- Bathing in magnesium chloride increases the area of application.
- Absorption through the skin is not homogeneous. Areas such as the scalp and armpits have higher rates of absorption.
- Increasing the amount of time the application is left on the skin or the time of bathing. Twenty minutes is sufficient for most people but sometimes 30-35 minutes may be desirable
- Heat enhances the delivery in a bath compared to a lotion (we suggest rub area well after spraying to compensate for this)
- Increased temperature of the area of application (as above)
- Increasing the frequency of applications or baths.
*(Ref.Watkins K, Josling PD. A pilot study to determine the impact of transdermal magnesium treatment on serum levels and whole body CaMg ratios. European Journal of Nutraceutical Research April 2010)
CAIM & ABLE, we are and always have been, more than just a "magnesium" fad.
More than any other consumer industry, the beauty and personal care categories are driven by trends. New trending ingredients, formulations, colours and brands come around every season. Walk into your average retail store and you’ll see this reflected on shelves. Here in Australia, there are more products on the shelf in the average cosmetics aisle than in any other category across fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).
With this rapid turnover of fads and the "next big thing" in an ingredient profile, how do we stay relevant and remain genuine at the same time? By delivering authentic products that solve REAL consumer needs, every time. My goal when creating the suite of products has always been to use only ingredients that have been proven in research - not marketing spin, to have a genuine positive benefit to the consumer.
We've created our products in their simplest form with only the right ingredients nothing more, nothing less. CAIM & ABLE can claim, authentically, to be a "functional" skincare product, they have the ability to have a positive influence on peoples health, be that aches and pains, skin conditions or poor sleeping patterns.
Don't take my word for it, please - I invite you to read the reviews for yourself.
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Yep, there is no doubt about it - it's a man's world.
The weaker sex need not concern themselves with that monthly increase in bloating, fatigue, irritability, soreness, and sleep disturbances. Yet for women, these are the "norm" in and around a woman's menstrual cycle, but it might actually be caused by a magnesium deficiency which is good news - we can work with that!
We dread our monthly cycles of hormonal changes, leading up to menstruation. With the change in hormones, we begin to feel more moody or irritable, fatigued and lethargic. We usually also experience bloating, swelling, sore breasts, sleep disturbances, headaches, and increased sugar cravings. One of the biggest things to regulate your moods and decrease symptoms can be as simple as adding topical magnesium to your routine, particularly around PMS time, when everything gets tender and sore.
Magnesium impacts many areas of women’s health and gynecology from pre-menstrual syndrome to menopause, PCOS to endometriosis, and beyond. Do you find your craving chocolate around PMS time? Yes, its yummy but chocolate is high in magnesium and our requirements for magnesium increase as we approach menstruation. Women typically have a lower dietary intake of magnesium than men do, and yet we need magnesium for our hormonal health.
For many of us struggling with digestive health issues, taking a supplement internally does not guarantee we are getting the nutrients from it. Transdermal magnesium therapy (TDM) has proven to be a far superior solution - absorption and therefore impact on symptoms is very fast, it is safe and without side effects. All of this means we are able start to feel better fast.
As your cycle approaches, use magnesium oil on your breasts, lower abdomen, and inner thighs right before bed. It can help with breast tenderness, cramping, and sleep latency. I suggest our Less-Itch spray, its just more comfortable. As my period approaches, and abdominal cramping become stronger, I find magnesium chloride bath soaks help tremendously with all over body aches and cramping.
By now you should be aware of just how transdermal magnesium therapy can improve your life in so many ways.
We talk a lot about magnesium and how common magnesium deficiency is here on the blog and usually, we focus on adults - but did you know that kids can be affected by magnesium deficiency too?
Difficulty sleeping, muscle twitches and spasms, constipation and irritability are all potential symptoms you might see in a child that needs more magnesium.
According to a study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, posted on PubMed.gov, magnesium can help children prevent and cope with mental illness too: “The study shows an association between higher dietary Mg intake and reduced externalising behaviour problems in adolescents.” These problems include anxiety, depression, ADD and ADHD.
In addition to putting a stop to these deficiency symptoms, getting enough magnesium can benefit your child’s body and overall health in a number of ways.
A reminder for you of the benefits of using Magnesium daily;
- Increases the release of DHEA – our youth hormone
- Encourages healthy, glowing skin
- Supports the repair of damaged skin cells
- Helps to facilitate safe and effective detoxification
- Helps relieve muscular aches and pains, cramps and spasms
- Improves muscle function
- Increases energy levels
- Elevates moods and helps to relieve stress
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Helps to calm overactive nerves
- Supports the balance of the hormonal system
- Improves insomnia and sleep quality
- Alleviates eye twitching
- Helps regulate high blood pressure
- May help lower the risk of coronary heart diseases
- Helps decrease the risk of diabetes
- Treats migraines and headaches
- Helps calm panic attacks and anxiety
- Relief from PMS and menopause symptoms
Last and certainly not least, it actually relieves growing pains. About 25-40% of children will suffer from growing pains at one point or another, usually between the ages of three and twelve. Magnesium is an essential nutrient for building bones, and many of us don’t get enough of it. Magnesium in the chloride form is well-absorbed through the skin, which is why it’s often incorporated in baths or rubbed on the skin in the form of magnesium oil, magnesium oil is the quickest way at getting magnesium absorbed through the skin, but it can be irritating to some people - especially children. This is why we created the "Less-Itch" spray which has been very well received by kids, alternatively, you may like to whip up a lotion.
Here is a recipe for some gorgeous magnesium lotion, store it in the fridge to give it a longer shelf-life as it doesn’t contain preservatives!
- 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
- 3 TBSP. beeswax
- 3 TBSP. shea butter
- 1/2 cup aloe vera juice
- 1/2 cup magnesium flakes
- Heat aloe juice over low heat until warm. Stir magnesium flakes into juice until dissolved. Set aside.
- Heat almond oil, beeswax, and shea butter over low heat using a double boiler until wax and butter are melted. Transfer to a 2 cup glass measuring cup.
- Let oils and waxes sit until thickened. Once thickened, begin blending with an immersion blender while slowly pouring in your aloe juice/ magnesium. Blend well.
- Pour into a glass jar and label. The lotion will continue to thicken as it cools. Store in the refrigerator for 3-6 months.
To be honest, it’s difficult to get enough magnesium from food to begin with. If your child isn’t eating enough magnesium-rich foods, you can be pretty sure that they need a boost of this important nutrient. It goes without saying that sugar should be minimised as its an 'anti-nutrient, it actually strips minerals and vitamins from your body and bones to process.
NEXT BLOG: PSORIASIS
Psoriasis, a skin condition characterized by raised pink itchy lesions that are made from a buildup of dried, dead skin cells, can affect people of any age. An imbalance of the immune system appears to play a role in the development of this condition and trigger factors include stress, obesity, skin injuries and infections, cold air, smoking and excess alcohol consumption.
Based on some research studies, magnesium may also benefit individuals affected by psoriasis. Magnesium compounds in combination with sun rays radiation may effectively manage skin conditions like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, according to a study published in the October 2000 issue of "The Journal of Investigative Dermatology.” The researchers found that magnesium compounds from the Dead Sea positively influences certain cells in the skin that are involved in inflammation and production of psoriatic lesions.
Whilst I'm not surprised, I was beyond thrilled to hear of one customer's incredible transformation using one of the Caim & Able Magnesium Oil sprays. She summed it up perfectly with "it completely changed my year/life and I can honestly say it was just that product". Amy's full testimonial reads "My friend recommended your magnesium spray for psoriasis I have had quite badly on my elbow for around 10-15 years. I have tried all sorts of treatments both natural and prescribed and nothing has consistently worked.
PSORIASIS SKIN LESIONS PRIOR TO USING CAIM & ABLE SPRAY
PSORIASIS SKIN LESIONS AFTER TO USING CAIM & ABLE SPRAY FOR 2 MONTHS
Psoriasis Is More Than a Superficial Skin Condition, it is actually an autoimmune disease. Part of the reaction occurs when a type of white blood cell called a T cell mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells.
These overactive T cells then trigger other immune responses that collectively speed up the growth cycle of skin cells, causing them to move to the outermost layer of your skin in a matter of days rather than weeks.
Because the dead skin cannot be removed quickly enough, it builds up into the thick patches characteristic of psoriasis. For up to 60% of people with psoriasis, the condition seriously impacts their daily life.
The skin may become so inflamed that it cracks and bleeds. Up to 30 % of sufferers also develop psoriatic arthritis, which can cause debilitating joint damage.
People with psoriasis are also at an increased risk of numerous other chronic diseases, including eye conditions, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. And then there are the psychological repercussions.
Those who aren’t familiar with psoriasis may view it as a contagious rash, and as a result, people with psoriasis may be shunned or excluded socially. People with psoriasis often suffer from depression, low self-esteem, social isolation and problems at work.
Other tips to help is to increase your Vitamin D. Vitamin D is thought to effect psoriasis on multiple levels, including helping to regulate keratinocyte (skin cell) growth. Phototherapy (the sun) is best, although avoid the heat in the middle of the day, walk outside in late afternoons and early mornings to get your daily dose.
Keto Diet - the good, the bad and the dirty.
It seems like everyone is trying the ketogenic diet these days in an effort to drop significant amounts of weight. Like those that have come and gone before, it's a fad - let's take a closer look at it.
WHAT DOES A KETO DIET LOOK LIKE?
The keto diet requires your daily calorie intake to come from a breakdown of 20% protein, 10% from carbs and a whopping 60-80% fat. It's all about getting your body into a fat-burning mode called ketosis, which happens when you start decreasing your carb and protein intake.
Ketosis is where the body no longer uses glucose from carbs as its main energy source. It starts breaking down fat instead, creating more ketones for energy. To me, it has The Atkins Diet written all over it and we know how that ended for its founder who was let's face it, a heart attack waiting to happen.
"It's advertised as a weight-loss wonder, but this eating plan is actually a medical diet that comes with serious risks."
It also can have some pretty nasty side effects, from diarrhea to the keto flu to nutritional deficiencies. Since people on ketogenic diets are eating fewer grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, they usually end up deficient in very important micronutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, iron, fatty acids and even pre and probiotics.
The main three nutrients the body becomes deficient in are;
Sodium - In the first few weeks on a keto diet, only about half of your weight loss is from body-fat. The other half is from water and sodium loss. Therefore, getting enough sodium from healthy salts is crucial, Celtic sea salt, Himalayan salt and bone broths (for non-vegans) are ideal.
Potassium - Virtually all fruits and veggies contain significant amounts of potassium but of course, these foods are severely limited on a Ketogenic diet. Great food sources are avocado, mushrooms, kale and spinach
Magnesium - Magnesium is the body’s “calming” mineral; helping to keep your brain, heart and muscles relaxed. It’s also essential for protein synthesis, blood sugar control, energy metabolism and over 300 other biochemical reactions in the body. Intense exercise, lack of sleep, caffeine, alcohol, some medications and stress can all deplete magnesium levels. Food sources include dark leafy greens (swiss chard and spinach), pumpkin seeds. Of course, we now know that it is challenging to absorb adequate amounts of magnesium via food or supplements and transdermal magnesium (via skin) is far superior.
Performance - be aware that the body is in a more acidic state when it’s in ketosis, which may limit its ability to perform at peak levels.
There will always be a trendy new fad diet claiming to be the best thing or the simplest and fastest way to weight loss. I've spent most of my adult life researching, discoveries, testing all sorts of health paradigms and what always seems to be the ideal for health in general and in particular weight loss, is to simply adopt a healthier lifestyle every day. It's not rocket science, eat mostly plants and not too much. The weight will drop and stay off, your energy levels will lift, and you will add years to your life.
Eat meat if you love it, but it needs to be kept at a minimum - we are omnivores, not carnivores - trust me, there are differences.
- Shape. Carnivores have a very different GIT to humans - Carnivore bowels are smooth, shaped like a pipe, so meat passes through quickly. A carnivores’ stomach is also 20 times more acidic than the stomachs of humans. Humans, on the other hand, have bowels that are bumpy and pouch-like with lots of pockets, like a winding mountain road. This is so plant foods pass through slowly for optimal nutrient absorption.
- Fibre. Carnivores don’t require fibre to help move food through their short and smooth digestive tracts. Humans require dietary fibre to move food through their long and bumpy digestive tracts, to prevent the bowels from becoming clogged with rotting food.
- Cholesterol. Cholesterol is not a problem for a carnivore’s digestive system. A carnivore such as a cat can handle a high-cholesterol diet without negative health consequences. A human cannot. Humans have zero dietary need for cholesterol because our bodies manufacture all we need. Cholesterol is only found in animal foods, never in plant foods. A plant-based diet is by definition cholesterol-free.
If you are still keen to give the KETO diet a go, speak with your preferred health practitioner for guidance. I can recommend the folks at Rushcutters Health a call too, they have some great advice on this (fad) diet.