Magnesium, who does not know it? You know that it works relaxing and maybe it prevents cramps. But beyond? And how do you get enough magnesium?
This blog I tell you what magnesium is good for, how to ensure sufficient intake and I take you to the magnesium source near Veendam!
In my practice I often recommend it: use magnesium salt. That also seems to be the conclusion of this blog, and that’s right, because magnesium just is not enough in our diet.
What do we need magnesium for?
Magnesium and calcium are 2 minerals that are incredibly important and indispensable. They play an important role in putting ‘on’ and ‘off’ every cell in the body. Calcium activates a cell to perform its function. When the task is finished, the body sends a signal via the nervous system and hormones that the cell is allowed to rest. Now it’s time for magnesium. Magnesium provides for the inhibition of cell activity, or relaxation. This system applies to EVERY cell in the body. In the case of a magnesium deficiency, some cells are therefore constantly active. The greater the deficit, the more you notice it. You can notice this with total difficulty with relaxed, busy in your head, no rest, burn-out. Muscle cramps are an acute shortage, and often occur at night if your body needs relaxation elsewhere. The body then extracts magnesium from minor parts of the body, which is a pure prioritization, so that we can survive for a long time with scarcity.
There is also a big difference between a quantity of magnesium with which you can easily survive and the optimum amount of magnesium in your body that you really stay healthy! Surviving always succeeds, the body is smart enough and has sufficient compensation methods. But I do not necessarily call that health. That goes a step further.
During a number of periods, our magnesium requirement is even higher than normal. At such moments from a shortage often occurs: stress, pregnancy and lactation period, illness (also colds and flu), growth spurts and sleep problems.
And who has no stress on a daily basis? The need is therefore quite high and there is also a decrease in magnesium in food.
How do I get magnesium?
Minerals can not make the body yourself, so you are completely dependent on your dietary intake. The largest magnesium sources at a glance:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Cocoa (preferably raw and unprocessed)
- Seaweed and algae (a great nutrient for many minerals)
- Whole grain cereals (well cooked ensures good intake, bread and other processed grain products are not a good supplier).
That is why you can relax with a cup of this hot chocolate with ingredients: NOTENdrink, raw COCOA and BANANA!
A problem, however, is that there is less and less magnesium in food. This is due, among other things, to the intensive agriculture that is fertilized unilaterally. Also biological. It is fertilized with magnesium, but also in that case just enough to keep the plant alive. This does not mean that it ensures optimal health, both plant and we as an eater of the plant.
Is supplementation necessary?
Yes, as far as I am concerned. In an amount that suits your life and lifestyle. You can supplement in different ways: via supplement, magnesium bath salt, magnesium gel and magnesium oil. The latter 3 are all based on magnesium chloride, proven to be the best recordable form for the body. These 3 uses are absorbed through the skin. Through supplement you have different forms that also work well, the best forms I find magnesium citrate, magnesium malate and magnesium bisglycinate. Each has its characteristics that determine which is best for you, but in view of legislation I can not just call it here, I can advise you via a personal message;).
I focus on magnesium chloride here. In the Netherlands we have a large source for this in Veendam. I have been here on tour and that was very impressive! Of course I have taken pictures and like to share them with you.
- The source: at 1600 (!!) meters depth is a huge salt layer with a large percentage of magnesium chloride. This salt layer is a few square kilometers. Two pipes enter the mine, water is pumped down through one pipe and water with magnesium chloride is pumped up through the other pipe. This is going with enormous pressure. On photo 1 you can see the pipes running. On photo 2 you can see the pumps that work under enormous pressure.
My true magnesium chloride is extracted at Tripscompagnie (near Veendam)
The pumps that do the hard work for our health
2. The red-hot mass that is pumped up is quickly cooled, causing the salt to crystallize. Liquid changed to solid form, which was very interesting to see. The salt crystals contain a content of up to 47% magnesium chloride. The rest is water. On photos 3 and 4 you see this process and result.
Magnesium solution from the soil is cooled and crystallized
Crystallized magnesium chloride
Then the salt is put in pots or it is processed into magnesium gel, magnesium oil or cosmetic products such as shampoo, deodorant and body cream with only natural ingredients. I am a fan! In my practice I sell the Zechsal brand, an honest company that I have been allowed to look inside. You can subdivide their products into full magnesium supplies and additional supplements. The magnesium gel works very easily and fine and has added OptiMSM that contributes to many cell processes and is particularly known for beautiful skin, hair and nails.
How do you use magnesium chloride?
Full magnesium supply:
- Magnesium salt: 2-3 times a week a foot bath with 125 grams of salt
- 750 grams of pot (6 foot baths): € 12.00
- 4 kilograms of pot (32 foot baths): € 37.50
- Refill bag 4 kilograms: € 29.50
- Magnesium gel + MSM: lubricate feet daily with walnut size OR
- Tube 100 ml € 14.75
- Magnesium oil: spray 15-20 sprays daily on the body
- 100 ml spray bottle € 12.95
- 500 ml refill bottle € 29.00
Magnesium salt is in my experience the nicest for immediate relaxation, also because you are obligated to sit in a warm foot bath and do not need anything;). You also use magnesium gel OR magnesium oil for your daily magnesium requirement.
Extra supplement (all without mess and heavy metals):
- Deodorant (peppermint fragrance) € 13.50
- Skin balm (against pimples and oily skin) € 14.50
- Body cream 150 ml € 17.50
- Hair and body wash 200 ml € 12.50
The above products can be ordered without a minimum order value via an email to contact (the webshop is working)! Give it a try, and feel what it does to you!
And is it still not possible to relax? Grab the cause: your stress level. You can read more about this in this blog.
I wish you a very nice day!