We've heard it before, the holidays are stressful, but what about before and after the holidays? Life can still be stressful!
This is why I wanted to talk about magnesium.
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It's the 4th most abundant mineral in the body and the FIRST one to get depleted when your body is under stress.
Magnesium oil was the first "supplement" I added to my daily routine and within 3 days of using it, ALL of my period cramps disappeared.
It was unbelievable. I felt like I had my life back.
A few things to know about magnesium:
Magnesium is needed by over 300 functions in the body
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:
Constipation, hypertension, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, insomnia, behavioral disturbance, lethargy, impaired memory/thinking, seizures, fatigue, sleep disturbances, pain, muscle cramps, chronic back pain, headaches, migraines, muscular pain, tendonitis, anger, aggression, ADHD, brain fog, tension, anxiety disorders such as OCD
A deficiency does not show up in a blood test because only 1% is stored in the blood
Lastly, it is very hard to absorb from food
This is why I like to use a spray or magnesium oil. When applied directly to the skin, it is quickly absorbed and can easily be used by the body.
This one is from Organic Olivia. She creates everything with her Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor and only resources the best organic herbs and products.
I spray magnesium oil on my legs and arms after I get out of the shower.
Some people experience a slight tingling on the skin (this happens to me, but it is totally normal and will disappear after a few minutes). As it dries, it might leave a white residue on the skin - this is mineral residue that can be brushed or washed off with a damp towel.
Other suggested uses:
* Spray 5 pumps directly on the lower abdomen for menstrual cramps (this is for Organic Olivia's magnesium spray - other brands might differ in the # of sprays)
* Use on your stomach and legs at night to relax the body and combat insomnia
* Unscrew the spray pump and pour some in the bath for instant relaxation
* Spray after workouts to reduce soreness and speed recovery
* It's a wonderful aid for chronic pain and fibromyalgia
While I wish I lived near the ocean and could take a dip in the natural "salty" water (I could get my dose of magnesium that way), I live in the Midwest.
I could also take an Epsom salt bath every day, but that's not realistic either.
And while the soil and our food used to be rich in magnesium, over-farming the land and pesticides have stripped the soil.
So I apply magnesium oil.
Mother Nature is wonderful. She really does give us everything that we need, but most of the time we don't realize it or take it for granted, but not any more :)