How to Use Transdermal Magnesium People often ask, “How much do I use?” There is no hard and fast rule about how much transdermal magnesium to use because everyone is different. An athlete, a busy executive, a shift worker or someone undergoing surgery could need 1,000mg of magnesium supplementation per day, whilst others who are quite relaxed and have a good diet may need only 300-400mg magnesium extra.
How to Use Transdermal Magnesium
Most of us are somewhere in between. And it fluctuates from day to day depending on your stress levels and what you have eaten. Using transdermal magnesium optimally can vary a lot from person to person.
Stress Looses Magnesium
Stress looses the most magnesium because we use up magnesium to counteract a stress event like running for the bus, over-training or public speaking, ie. a fight or flight episode where you have had to pump out a lot of adrenaline and cortisone ready for alert fast action of some kind. These stress hormones collect more calcium in tissue cells in order to tighten the fibres and contract muscles – ready to fight, run away or perform something risky. Calcium is a tightening and hardening mineral.
When it’s time for muscles to relax and recover, the brain sends messages for magnesium to go back in and relieve the grip of the calcium to loosen up and relax the muscle fibres again. This is the recovery phase. However magnesium has many more jobs to do – one of which is to help neutralise the spent oxidised stress chemicals in the blood on their way out.
The kidney detects that magnesium has increased in the blood supply (along with the stress hormones) and proceeds to release more magnesium in the urine to restore normal levels in the blood. That means your tissue cells may have lost heaps of magnesium, but your blood supply is still in the normal range. A blood test will not necessarily tell you in this case how much magnesium is left in the tissue cells (muscle and bone) where most of your magnesium is used.
If your tissue cells run very low in reserves then the lesser amount of available magnesium means your muscles will find it harder to recover from stresses, leaving more and more calcium hooking in the contraction phase of muscle fibres, and causing symptoms like cramps, twitches, restless legs and involuntary muscle spasms.
The strange thing about muscle spasms is that they are also a result of lack of hydration. In the process of ‘squeezing’ by calcium, the muscle also looses some water. Magnesium’s charge helps hold water in the cell membrane, whereas when magnesium leaves or decreases, the cell wall becomes more leaky, allowing in the calcium and letting go of its hydration.
Using Elektra Magnesium flakes (food grade) for drinking water will deliver only a small amount of magnesium because it is going via the digestive system which is not geared to take up large concentrations. We are designed to take up only a dilute amount via the gut wall – such as what would be in a mineral drinking water or magnesium-rich foods. Too much more than that just ends up in the toilet. However, magnesium drinking water is beautifully hydrating for cells, assisting nutrient transport and also detoxification.
To use transdermal magnesium optimally try Elektra Magnesium Cream as your daily moisturiser. One dessertspoonful delivers 250-300mg of elemental magnesium. Only enough will be taken up from the skin as is needed for metabolism at any given moment. It can take several hours after application for all the magnesium and fats stored inside the epidermis to be used up. Use it on body, face and as underarm deodorant. It’s great for skin and also massage to relax muscles and relieve tension and pain.
The unique blends of rich plant oils help to deliver more magnesium into the epidermis to plump it up, hydrate and protect the skin barrier. Elektra Magnesium Creams contain about 20 nutritional ingredients to feed the skin and deliver magnesium in much higher doses via skin than if you were to take magnesium tablets or powders which are hard to digest and absorb via gut wall. Elektra Magnesium Cream is chem-free and does not contain chemical emulsifiers, preservatives of thickeners. It is first class quality all the way at the most competitive price – and is simply magnesium cream skin careunbeatable when it comes to value for money. There are four different fragrance varieties with different textures to suit various skin types, but all Elektra Magnesium Creams have the same magnesium content.