I have been looking for some really great homemade soaps and lotions to make family and friends for the Holidays this year and found a really neat magnesium lotion recipe- which got me wondering how in the heck magnesium actually helps our bodies!
Turns out up to 57%- (some think up to 80%) of Americans do not receive their recommended daily allowance of magnesium- over half. So what is it?
Magnesium is the eighth most abundant mineral on earth, and the third most abundant in sea water. More importantly, it is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and it is necessary in over 300 reactions within the body.
Every single cell in the human body demands adequate magnesium to function, or it will perish. Strong bones and teeth, balanced hormones, a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system, wellfunctioning detoxification pathways and much more depend upon cellular magnesium sufficiency. Soft tissue containing the highest concentrations of magnesium in the body include the brain and the heart—two organs that produce a large amount of electrical activity, and which can be especially vulnerable to magnesium insufficiency.
Magnesium is necessary for hundreds of functions within the body, but is especially important for:
- Gives rigidity AND flexibility to your bones (more important than Calcium in many cases)
- Increases bioavailability of calcium
- Regulates and normalizes blood pressure
- Prevents and reverses kidney stone formation
- Promotes restful sleep
- Helps prevent congestive heart failure
- Eases muscle cramps and spasms
- Lowers serum cholesterol levels and triglycerides
- Decreases insulin resistance
- Can prevent artherosclerosis and stroke
- End cluster and migraine headaches
- Enhances circulation
- Relieves fibromyalgia and chronic pain
- Treats asthma and emphysema
- Helps make proteins
- Encourages proper elimination
- Prevents osteoporosis
- Proper Vitamin D absorption
- protection from radiation
- To aid weight loss
- Lessen or remove ADD or ADHD in children
- in proper carbohydrate digestion
- emerging evidence is showing a preventative role in many cancers
Are You Deficient?
As I said above, the answer is likely ‘yes’ in today’s world.
Low magnesium levels are often diagnosed by symptoms alone, and the following symptoms can point to low magnesium levels:
- Inability to sleep or insomnia
- Sensitivity to noise
- Mental disturbances
- Anxiety, depression or restlessness
- Muscle soreness or spasms
- Infertility or PMS
- High levels of stress
- Heart “flutters” or palpitations
- Fatigue or unusual tiredness
- Coldness in extremities
- Fuzzy brain or difficulty concentrating
- Allergies and sensitivities
- Lack of appetite
- Back pain
- Body odor
- Bad short term memory
- Poor coordination
- Insulin resistance
- Carbohydrate cravings
- Frequent cavities or poor dental health
- Gut disorders
- Kidney stones
- Thyroid problems
So basically, low levels of magnesium are not good for our bodies. Without having my levels tested, I can answer an unequivocal ‘yes’ that I have bunches of symptoms, incuding noise sensitivity, cavities, back pain, allerties, carb cravings, heart flutters and restlessness.
There are a lot of foods that naturally provide the body with much-needed magnesium, I wanted to try out a really cool lotion recipe that was natural enough to use on my kids, too- and I found this! A wonderful recipe that uses only four ingredients and took me about a half hour from start to finish…
Again, check out the recipe here-
I’d love to hear about any natural lotions or oils you’ve been using!