Magnesium Is The Most Important Mineral
It's estimated that magnesium deficiency causes nearly 600 deaths PER DAY in the U.S., mainly to heart disease. Our water supplies filter it out, we drink deficient bottled water, we bathe and cook with deficient water. It's in dark green, leafy vegetables and while grains, but only if they're not grown in deficient soil. It can be found in spirulina and wheat grass juice, but you probably can't eat or drink enough to reach the minimum amount necessary for health and you'll be getting too much lead.
This deficiency is responsible for most muscle spasms (sometimes potassium deficiency is a contributing factor also). Besides the muscles you know of, there are also muscles in the walls of arteries, stomach, and intestines and the heart itself is a muscle. Heart attack patients given intravenous Epsom salt (Mg Sulfate) have a 50% greater survival rate. It acts like a natural statin, stabilizing plaque in the arteries (maybe because they aren't in spasm?) and increasing HDLs to remove excess cholesterol from the blood. If spasms in general are relieved, think what happens to people suffering from tremors, cramps, asthma, and colitis.
Deficiency is also a big factor in fibromyalgia. The spasms are so severe and so constant that micro muscle tearing occurs, causing a constant state of inflammation.
Another increasingly common problem is anxiety attacks. Magnesium is a natural sedative that helps relieve anxiety, aids in stress handling, and relieves insomnia. Do you toss and turn when you get into bed or do you wake up during the night to spend the next couple of hours tossing and turning?
There's a BIG misconception about osteoporsis. The general thought is that we don't have enough calcium, so our bones become fragile. WRONG! Almost everyone has plenty of calcium. Even if you never drink milk, you have plenty of calcium. It's abundant in the foods we commonly eat, like carrots and potatoes, and it's added to even more. So much that it deposits in soft tissues like arteries and cartilage and on the outside of bones (osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis). Magnesium, along with vitamin D, pulls the calcium into the bones and teeth to make them strong. Without it, the calcium settles into the wrong places.
Supplements can be taken, but sometimes it can cause loose bowels because it's not absorbed well. A better way is to apply a solution to the skin. Epson Salt baths or foot baths can be used, but even better is mg chloride solution. It's the most easily absorbable form, so most is used by the body. Put it in a little spray bottle and spray away.
Wait, there's more. It can be used as a powerful antiseptic for cuts and scratches--try it on antibiotic-resistant staph infections! Try it for clearing up acne, fading age spots, smoothing wrinkles, treating burns. Mix with a drop or two of frankincense and myrrh oils to reduce scars and stretch marks.
But here's even bigger news. Magnesium deficiency predicts type II diabetes because diabetics need more and lose more than other people.
IMVA Diabetes Information
In addition, use of the spray can be used to treat the peripheral neuropathy that can be a complication of diabetes.
It's an amazing, under-rated, under-used mineral. Try it--you'll be glad you did.
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