3 Ways To Use Magnesium That You Haven't Heard Of Before
Magnesium is one of the many minerals found on Earth and in the human body. According to the NIH, magnesium plays a role in over 300 enzyme systems that regulate biochemical reactions ranging from protein synthesis to nerve function to blood sugar and blood pressure regulation. In other words: It's really, really important to our overall health.
Because of its role in so many bodily functions—and the fact that researchers suspect many of us are deficient in this mineral—magnesium supplements are becoming more widely used by the day. It's likely you have a friend or family member that's tried magnesium for headaches or constipation. You may have even used it yourself!
Magnesium supplements typically come in powder or capsule form, but that's not the only way to get some extra magnesium in your life! In fact, as the author of the upcoming book Magnesium Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide to Nature's Relaxation Mineral, I can tell you that one of the best things about magnesium is its versatility. You can easily incorporate it into your daily routine through a variety of delivery methods, including topical magnesium oils, Epsom salt baths, and even an IV drip.
Here's what you need to know about these three lesser-known ways to take magnesium:
1. Topical magnesium oil
The first thing you need to know about magnesium oil is that it's not actually an oil. It's a liquid magnesium chloride solution that just so happens to feel slimy to the touch. The research on topical magnesium is slim, but people swear by magnesium oil for quick workout recovery, pain relief, and sleep. You just spray it directly on your skin and allow it to absorb (don't be surprised if there's a white residue). Topical magnesium is a great excuse to take a break from the supplement capsules, give your gut a rest, and try something different. Just keep in mind that if you're taking magnesium for constipation, you'll want to stick to a regular supplement capsule or drink.
2. IV magnesium
Getting your supplements through an IV might seem extreme—and it is for the average person. Despite their increasing popularity, IV nutrients are expensive (you probably won't find one for under $100) and carry additional risks, including infection. That said, many doctors suggest IV magnesium in specific cases, like when someone suffers from chronic migraines or has a gut issue that would prevent them from properly absorbing nutrients through their GI tract.
You can get IV magnesium at certain doctors' offices (this is recommended) and at locations like Nutridrip or Clean Market. This is definitely something to discuss with your doctor first, but if you have migraines or another condition that could benefit from magnesium, this is definitely an option to explore!
3. Epsom salt baths
Epsom salt baths are one of those natural remedies that have truly withstood the test of time. They were discovered in the early 17th century in a region in England, when people started harvesting the water from a bitter saline spring and using it for wound healing and as a laxative. Years later, scientists discovered that the water was full of magnesium sulfate, which they called Epsom salts. It's not typically recommended that you take magnesium sulfate by mouth (it will cause some serious diarrhea), but Epsom salts can still be found at every pharmacy and grocery store in giant 5-pound bags.
To start adding Epsom salt baths to your wellness routine, pick up a bag of 365 Everyday Value Epsom Salt ($4.49) or Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution with Ginger & Clay ($4.87). Simply add 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salts to your bathwater and soak for 15 to 20 minutes before bed.
Supplementing with magnesium and Epsom salts is very safe for the general public, but you should always let your doctor know what supplements you're taking, especially if you have any kind of kidney issue, as they control the balance of magnesium in the body and can make supplementing dangerous.
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