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Why we do not get enough magnesium through our diets
General deficiency symptoms and increased requirements
A-Z of deficiency symptoms
How to increase your levels with transdermal magnesium
Magnesium is grossly deficient in the majority of people existing on modern diets.
v White rice, white sugar and white bread stripped of their mineral content.
v In general magnesium has been depleted from topsoil, decreasing levels in the food we consume.
v It is depleted in plants by fertilizers which alter the plant’s ability to uptake magnesium.
v People drink bottled or softened water.
v Certain medications, intense exercise, having surgery, stress, chemotherapy, caffeine, sugar, excess calcium, copper, fluoride, heavy metals, diuretics, oral contraceptives, IBS, high protein diets, smoking and drinking alcohol depletes magnesium levels even further
v People with compromised gastrointestinal health (such as those with Cystic Fibrosis,IBS, Autism and Crohn’s disease) cannot absorb oral magnesium properly.
Deficiency Symptoms & Increased Requirements:
CIRCULATION: angina, arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart infarcts, strokes, tachycardia (fast pulse), thrombosis.
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM: colic, constipation, chronic diarrhoea, malabsorption, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
MUSCLES: backache, convulsions, cramps, increased excitability/jumpiness, numbness, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), spasms, tense/tight muscles, tingling, tremors.
NERVOUS SYSTEM: apathy, confusion, depression, disorientation, epilepsy, hallucinations, irritability, mental illness, multiple sclerosis, nervousness, neuritis paranoia, Parkinson’s disease, poor memory, senility.
GENERAL: alcoholism, arthritis, body odours, broken bones, calcification in any organ, cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, diabetes, eclampsia, headaches, infections and inflammations, liver cirrhosis, lupus erythematosus, migraines, old age, prostate problems, rickets, rigidity – mental and physical, skin wrinkled and tough, stiffness, stone-formation in gall bladder or kidneys, thyroid overactive.
Signs of a Magnesium deficiency A – Z
acute heart attacks,
Arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat)
back pain (low or middle)
can't take a deep breath,
carbohydrate craving (especially of chocolate)
carpal tunnel syndrome
chronic cardiovascular disease,
chronic fatigue syndrome,
chronic pain in hips or knees
cold hands and feet
coronary artery disease,
crawling sensations on the skin
easily injured muscles
eclampsia of pregnancy,
heavy, tired legs
high blood pressure,
jaw joint (TMJ) dysfunction,
loss of bladder control
low stress tolerance
lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar
mitral valve prolapse,
premenstrual mood changes
Restless Legs Syndrome
restlessness with constant movement,
sensitivity to bright light
sensitivity to noise
thyroid dysfunction (over or underactive thyroid)
Increasing your magnesium levels using Lamp of Life transdermal magnesium:
In general, for a large adult, spraying an ounce or more of magnesium oil a day all over the body is recommended for six months to recover cellular levels, with that dosage adjusted downward for children depending on their age and size. This coupled with oral intake, especially for adults, is necessary to get the maximum effect out of magnesium. When magnesium levels are at extremely low levels intravenous application is an option and is necessary in emergency situations.
As with anything, for best results, Lamp of Life should be used consistently. For those suffering with chronic pain, the magnesium should be applied liberally 2 - 3 times a day for the first two weeks. As your magnesium levels increase, you will only need to use a maintenance dose once a day. For best results, use Lamp of Life in combination with heat (after a warm bath, with a water-bottle or just massage vigorously into affected areas).