The Benefits of Magnesium Oil

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Oils have generated quite a buzz in the health industry. Coconut oil, krill oil, olive oil, and fish oil are proving to be quite popular supplements that a lot of people swear to their delivery of some serious health benefits. A lesser known “oil” packing quite a health punch but seemingly underrated so far is magnesium oil.

Magnesium oil isn’t actually oil, in the strictest sense of the word. It is a suspension of sodium chloride in water. The fact that the mixture has an oily texture contributes to popular perception of it as oil.

Magnesium occurs in a wide variety of food sources yet magnesium deficiency is a problem among Australians. A CSIRO study has deemed 89% of the population magnesium deficient with 50% of Aussie men and 39% of Aussie women lacking in this very important electrolyte. Why is magnesium deficiency so prevalent? A lot has to do with lifestyle and the modern diet. A diet low in magnesium is one where processed food and sugar form a good percentage while rich-magnesium foods such as nuts, seeds, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables hardly take any prominence. Additionally, constant stress; lack of sleep; alcohol/sugar/caffeine consumption; and even age can contribute to depleted magnesium levels.

It is also worth noting that our environmental resources are becoming less of a magnesium provider. Over-farming and pesticide use are slowly stripping magnesium from the soil. Water filtration systems also decrease the level of magnesium that occurs naturally in water.

Magnesium Deficiency

You may be magnesium deficient and not even know it. After potassium, magnesium must be the second most prevalent mineral present in your cells. Magnesium is responsible for 300 metabolic functions in our body; so, should magnesium levels fall inadequately, the body starts signalling its distress with any of these symptoms:

  • Nervousness, anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood changes; irritability
  • Poor memory
  • Poor attention span; loss of focus
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle cramps and spasms — most telling symptom of magnesium deficiency
  • Muscle weakness; aching and stiff muscles
  • Back pain
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Profuse perspiration
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Constipation
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Migraines; headaches
  • Chocolate and caffeine cravings
  • Adrenal exhaustion / chronic fatigue
  • Kidney Stones
  • Hyperactivity
  • Bone and joint pain/ discomfort

If left untreated, a chronic magnesium deficiency can cause a number of serious illnesses such as osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, and cardiovascular issues.

The quickest way to supplement our magnesium intake is to apply the nutrient topically in addition to getting the most of it from our diet. The truth is magnesium is more easily absorbed through the skin rather than through our digestive system. Transdermal application allows magnesium to bypass liver processing and enter the bloodstream and tissues directly. This is why transdermal magnesium therapy is a good idea and quite inexpensive. All you need to do is make your own magnesium oil spray.

Making Your Own Magnesium Oil Spray

Homemade magnesium oil is easy to make.

Prepare:

½ cup magnesium chloride flakes

½ cup distilled water. Distilled water extends shelf life of the magnesium oil product

1 tempered glass bowl

1 spray bottle

Do the following:

  1. Pour the distilled water into a pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, put the magnesium chloride flakes in the bowl.
  3. When the water boils, pour it over the magnesium flakes in the bowl. Stir until the flakes dissolve completely.
  4. Let the mixture cool and then transfer it to the spray bottle. Voila! You have just made your own magnesium oil spray. This concoction keeps about six months at room temperature.

How to Use Magnesium Oil as a Spray:

Spray liberally all over the body…arms, legs, stomach…everyday. You may apply 6 to 8 spritzes in a day and build the frequency up to 20 if you wish. You may leave on or rinse it off after 30 minutes.

The first few times of spraying will leave you with a tingly or itchy sensation. After some time of routinely applying magnesium oil, these sensations will not be felt anymore. If the sensations bother you, you can dilute the mixture further with distilled water.

The Benefits of Magnesium Oil

Magnesium oil is also available commercially. Healing centres and health spas use magnesium oil in their therapies and many health professionals are beginning to recognise its therapeutic benefits.

Magnesium oil can improve skin conditions, especially those stressed out with acne and rosacea. In most cases, these skin irritations are caused by lack of sleep or stress, which magnesium oil can help relieve as well.

Another thing magnesium oil has been credited for is solving the problem of body odour. Although one may sweat a lot, supplementing with magnesium oil spray has taken away the bad odour from the sweat. For this alone, magnesium oil is worth trying.

Spraying magnesium oil on the body can enhance athletic performance. It can help increase flexibility, strength, and endurance. Transdermal magnesium therapy is actually practiced in sports medicine in some countries. The sore Achilles tendon, for example, is simply treated with magnesium oil to decrease swelling and to facilitate fast recovery.

Indeed magnesium oil is a good pain reliever. It can significantly decrease arthritic pain, muscle cramps, as well as pain from fibromyalgia and various injuries. Massage therapists use magnesium oil to relieve feelings of stress and to help detoxify the body.

Magnesium oil can also help people with a thinning hair problem. When it is applied on the scalp, it can help remove calcium blockages that are preventing hair follicles from growing. It may also help treat dandruff. Some report that magnesium oil has transformed gray hair back to its original colour after a few weeks of treatment.

Because magnesium is one of the most abundantly present nutrients in the body, it definitely has a myriad health benefits for various major anatomical systems. It is difficult to overdose on magnesium so trying a daily magnesium oil spray is more sure to be of benefit than not. Besides, if a homemade magnesium oil spray is quick and inexpensive, why not see what health benefits your efforts can bring?

Things Your Body Is Telling You That You Should Never Ignore

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When things go south of the healthy route, our body communicates its distress with warning signals. The problem is properly decoding the signs to recognise whether a trip to the doctor is warranted or our system is just throwing a temporary hissy fit for being a little too tired.

To recognise health troubles, be aware of the following symptoms. If you are experiencing them, do not write these off as inconsequential phenomena. These may be serious signals for which you may need to see your physician:

Unexplainable Nocturnal Back Pain

Back pain that seems to come out of nowhere, is not mitigated by rest, and worsens during sleeping hours is a red flag. It could be a symptom of kidney stones, spinal disc problems, or arthritis. In women, it could signal endometriosis. Back pain could also be associated with tumours and spinal infections, so this symptom needs some medical attention as soon as possible. Besides, back pain can be debilitating so its alleviation through your doctor’s advice should help you get some rest and more mobility.

Unexplained Weight Drop

Don’t whoop for joy when your weight drops five pounds all of a sudden when you haven’t been dieting or working out hard enough. Sudden unexplained weight loss could be a symptom of cancer, especially colon cancer. Diabetes or hyperthyroidism may also exist as the underlying condition.

Chronic Frequent Urination

There is nothing to worry about if you have to go once in the middle of the night; but if the urge to urinate rouses you three or more times from sleep, then all is definitely not well. In men, this could mean prostate problems such as Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), which strikes half of all men in their 60’s. Another explanation for excessive urination could lie with uterine fibroids or a mass that keeps pressing on the bladder. Diabetes may also be an answer especially if the chronic urge to pee is also accompanied by excessive thirst.

Chronic Fatigue

Persistent exhaustion or tiredness is a red flag as well. When proper sleep or energy drinks can’t seem to get you refreshed or energized even for a temporary time, then it is time to go see your doctor. There are a lot of health issues connected to constant fatigue which could signal depression, hyperthyroidism, anaemia, and uterine cancer.

Abnormal Satiety

The frequent feeling like you’ve had your fill when you actually have eaten very little is not a godsend to your weight loss wishes. This means a visit to your GP especially if the early feeling of fullness is not your normal satiety level and is accompanied by nausea, bloating, and weight loss. Blame can be placed on GORD or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, a condition in which stomach contents, including stomach acids, flow back up the oesophagus (food pipe). Peptic ulcers may also be a problem. Abnormal satiety can also signal a more serious issue…pancreatic cancer.

Sudden Flashes of Light or Blurry Vision

When vision in one or both eyes suddenly blurs or sudden light flashes appear, seek medical attention pronto. These symptoms could signal a detached retina, a haemorrhage at the back of the eye, a tumour, or a stroke; so, consider these a medical emergency. Getting immediate medical intervention could mean preventing permanent vision loss.

Sudden Growth of Facial Hair in Women

This is one embarrassing symptom that women don’t need cajoling to seek medical aid. Known as hirsutism, the growth of coarse, dark facial hair is enough to send most women shrieking to the doctor. While most cases of hirsutism are harmless and hereditary, a sudden onset is not normal and may warn against hormonal imbalances or polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Sharp Jaw, Neck, or Shoulder Pain

It is a grave error to ignore stabbing pain in the jaw, neck, or shoulders. Such pain in these areas could signal an impending heart attack. It may be accompanied by other symptoms such as palpitations, breathing difficulties, sweating, or nausea. Take heed and treat this occurrence as a medical emergency.

Jaw pain can also be a symptom of an ear infection.

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is a symptom that naturally occurs when one is obese, engaged in too much exercise, subject to high altitudes and extreme temperatures, or extremely anxious. Unexplained shortness of breath however constitutes a medical emergency as it can signal a heart attack or severe asthma.

Breathlessness may point to pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung), asthma, bronchitis, and other cardiovascular and lung problems as well.

The above listed symptoms form only a short list of physical warnings. The body has more signals that inform of possible or existing dangers to its overall health. Learn to listen to your body and heed what it is trying to convey. Your health depends on your foreknowledge and acuteness of your body’s overall condition.

Knowing and Managing Chronic Inflammation

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Many health specialists now believe that chronic inflammation may be the health malefactor behind most diseases. From obesity to depression, chronically inflamed cells can be the root cause of many illnesses.

Chronic Inflammation vs. Acute Inflammation

Chronic inflammation should not be mistaken for acute inflammation. Acute inflammation is the body’s healing and protective response to cellular trauma or damage. Acute inflammation is transient and therefore does not last for a long time. On the other hand, chronic inflammation is present for long periods of time. It is a prolonged condition, in most cases in low grade form, in which your immune system constantly works 24/7 to fight perceived threats. If you have a habit of taking in sugary and processed food, these constitute consistent threats that force the immune system to deal chronically with its protective response of healing through inflammation. In this case, some of the body’s cells are always inflamed. A chronic inflammatory condition leads to damage of organs and cells.

How to Tell If You Have Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation has been dubbed, the “secret killer.” People ill with a disease may have had chronic inflammation for some time and not know it. They may have felt the symptoms for years but may have dismissed them as innocuous, part of the aging process, or simply too mild to see a doctor for. Take heed, as some of the following signs point to a burgeoning secret killer inside you:

  • Constant exhaustion, fatigue, or lethargy
  • Perpetual skin problems like rashes
  • Red, bloodshot eyes
  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated blood sugar levels
  • Worsening allergies and asthma attacks
  • Ulcers, constipation, diarrhoea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic pain especially in joints and muscles

What Can Trigger Chronic Inflammation

There are some conditions that trigger the body to believe it has to protect itself by inflaming its cells. Excessive weight and depression are examples of conditions that can fool the body into thinking there is a specific site that needs emergency repair measures. The bone marrow starts deploying white blood cells to help in the crisis only to have these very soldier cells milling indeterminably about, devoid of a target site to conquer. Because they have no specific infection or trauma to deal with, these white blood cells linger around for a long period of time, sometimes attacking other healthy cells and organs leaving them vulnerable to real diseases like cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.

Our lifestyle choices are daily decisions which factor into years of cumulative results leading towards either a positive or negative health situation. Our habits and preferences do have an impact on whether we nurture and prolong an inflammatory condition or not. Our choices…what we eat, how much rest we get, how much exercise we indulge in, where we live, what we do for recreation…redound to only two categories: pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory.

Bad air quality, for instance, is pro-inflammatory. Choosing to live in a smog-laden city for years can render some of your cells chronically inflamed. Eating more servings of vegetables than meat is an anti-inflammatory choice. A diet like this may not trigger inflammation and may help keep the body from aging fast.

Common Pro-Inflammatory Health Hazards and Making the Corresponding Lifestyle Changes

Excessive Weight

Excessive weight stresses the body and calls for the immune system to help with the trauma on the fat cells. In the attempts to repair the situation, the actions of the white blood cells over time leave the cells inflamed and resistant to the balancing actions of insulin. Diabetes may be the end result.

The answer is to make the anti-inflammatory choices of eating a healthy diet, incorporating a regular exercise regimen, and getting enough sleep. Lose the pounds by quitting processed food, sugar, refined carbohydrates, and high sodium foods. A ten-year research on 4,000 middle-agers discovered that those who indulged in at least 2 ½ hours of exercise a week lowered their risk of inflammation by as much as 12%. Likewise, a good dose of 8 hours’ sleep rests and repairs cells without the body having to call for an inflammatory healing action.

Prolonged Exposure to Toxins

Air pollution, cigarette smoke, alcohol, processed foods, GMO and pesticide-laden grains, and chemically loaded hair and skin products are examples of toxic substances one comes into contact often. Accumulation of these toxins or free radicals in our system prods the immune system to create inflammation.

Dampen the body’s tendency toward low grade inflammation by choosing real organic food and body products, quit bad vices, and if possible, transfer to places with better living conditions such as cleaner air and less stress.

Nutritional Deficiency

A deficiency of nutrients can directly cause inflammation. Two common nutritional deficiencies that have direct links to chronic inflammation are the lack of Vitamin D and Vitamin B.

Vitamin D deficiency coupled with chronic inflammation can lead to serious illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression, and many autoimmune diseases. Inadequate levels of Vitamin B, particularly B6 and B12 can lead to other nutritional deficiencies as the balance in our digestive system deteriorates and makes it harder to absorb nutrients.

Correcting these deficiencies will treat the inflammation.

Chronic Depression, Anxiety and Stress

Depression, anxiety, and stress often make great bedfellows with chronic inflammation. As these negative mental conditions are perceived as threats by the body, your immune system is called on to send its inflammatory agents in a desperate attempt at attacking the threat or healing the hurts. Therefore, as your stress and panic levels go up, so does your body’s tendency to become more inflamed.

Reducing your stress levels can help one beat chronic inflammation. A recent Psychosomatic Medicine research found out that depressed patients who went for psychiatric treatment experienced a significant decrease in inflammatory action. Apparently, therapy helped them reduce their stress levels and consequently the inflammatory actions of the immune system as well.

To manage chronic inflammation, one just needs to make decisions answering this question: Is my choice pro or anti-inflammatory? Make sure the balance on your anti column weighs heavily in your favour. Chronic inflammation is merely an accumulation of bad pro-inflammatory decisions done over a period of time. Knowing this will hopefully help you make the right health choices for living a better quality of life.