Magnesium is the fourth highest mineral in the body. We need it for strong bones and teeth, as well as nerve, muscle and immune system health. If you eat a healthy diet that includes vegetables, nuts, legumes, grains and meat, you are likely meet the recommended dietary intake of magnesium. If your body is deficient, you can boost your levels by applying magnesium oil to your skin.
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Magnesium chloride is harvested commercially from ocean water and from the Dead Sea. This is done by evaporating the water and then removing salt and sulfates. The process results in magnesium chloride, which is sold as dry flakes or a liquid called magnesium oil. Although magnesium oil feels like an oil, it is not a true oil because it water based. It is made of one part magnesium chloride and six parts water.
Magnesium is essential for proper health. The recommended intake is 300 to 360mg for women and 400 to 420mg for men. Although deficiency is not common, it can be a side effect of taking some medications, calcium deficiency, surgery, burns or problems with nutrient absorption. Symptoms of deficiency range from feeling tired and cranky to twitching muscles and memory problems. One of the ways our bodies compensate for low blood magnesium levels is by pulling calcium from teeth and bones to raise calcium levels.
Our bodies store over 60% of magnesium in bones and teeth. Magnesium oil does not have a direct effect on teeth, but rather on the balance of other minerals that have an effect. If you are deficient in magnesium, you may have an altered ratio of the minerals calcium and phosphorus in your blood and saliva. Over time, this imbalance can lead to weakened teeth. Studies have shown that cavity-free teeth have more than double the magnesium levels than teeth with cavities.
Our bodies only absorb and use half of the magnesium that we get through our diets. For this reason, dietary supplements are more effective when taken in small doses several times a day. Magnesium oil is an alternative for people who find oral supplements inconvenient or the salty and bitter taste unappealing. Messaging the oil into your skin is also believed to provide faster and greater benefits.
Magnesium oil is marketed as a topic treatment for your body to absorb through the skin. Although it is safe to take internally, it is designed to be rubbed or massaged onto the skin so that it can be absorbed more effectively into the muscles and blood. Magnesium can also be absorbed by adding the oil to your bath. If it stings or irritates your skin, the oil can be diluted with water to a level that feels comfortable.