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How Much Magnesium Do I Need & How Do I Get Enough?

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for magnesium is between 350 and 400 milligrams per day, which is just enough to ward off outright deficiency. But for optimal health and for the twenty-two conditions that are triggered by magnesium deficiency, Dr Carolyn Dean says perhaps twice as much magnesium is needed.

Please note: The only contraindications to magnesium are caused in people with outright kidney failure, bowel obstruction, Myasthenia gravis, or heart block. Also, if you have a heart condition you may find that taking magnesium can lessen the need for heart medication and you should be under doctor’s supervision to guide this process.

How do I get enough magnesium is a question that we are frequently asked. If there is enough magnesium in the soil where green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds are grown then we have a chance to obtain magnesium from our diet. Organic foods may have more magnesium, but only if farmers replenish their soil with magnesium-rich fertilizers. Most fertilizer used on factory farms relies heavily on nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to make plants grow and appear healthy.

In general, to get as much magnesium as possible in the diet, eat plenty of organic leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds every day. Adding green drinks to your menu will help you achieve a higher magnesium status. However, if you are suffering any of the above symptoms you may need supplemental magnesium:

Supplemental Magnesium can be taken in three ways orally, transdermally or via bathing or foot soaking.

The great benefit of transdermal magnesium is that magnesium is absorbed via the skin much more efficiently than if you were to ingest tablets or powders, which are hard to digest and absorb properly through the bowel wall, and especially if the digestive system is compromised by Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Also the older we get the less stomach acid is produced, which makes it more difficult to break down magnesium tablets in the stomach. Most people are lucky if they even get 20% of the magnesium from tablets making it to the tissue cells of the body. If you try to compensate by taking extra oral doses then you can liquefy the stool, in which case the magnesium is lost too quickly and doesn’t make it to the cells. Magnesium chloride has been found to be the most bioavailable form of magnesium.

Transdermal absorption of minerals has been practiced for thousands of years as people discovered that when they soaked in mineral-rich hot springs, they had a healing effect and rejuvenation. This process is called ‘Balneotheraphy’ and was tested extensively in studies by Russian scientists.

Now you can do it for much less expense in the comfort of your own home via foot soaking with a tablespoon of our Magnesium Salt Flakes for half an hour or you can have a bath with a cup of flakes.

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