When it comes to fitness supplements, Magnesium can often be over shadowed by the big guns such as protein and creatine, particularly when it comes to muscle gains. While modern science has shown us we how both play a vital role in building muscle mass and improving athletic performance, it also teaches us that adequate muscle recovery is required to achieve the those oh-so-coveted performance or physique goals. This is where topical or transdermal Magnesium Oil as a supplement comes in.
In this article, we’re going to give you a simple breakdown of it’s importance and why you may want to consider adding it to your recovery routine, especially if you partake in consistent physical exertion.
Sources of Magnesium
Magnesium is the 2nd most abundant element found in the human body and is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions necessary for normal biological functions. Some of the most notable as it relates to it’s use as a fitness supplement, is it’s role in maintaining electrolyte balance, normal nerve & muscle function, cellular production of energy & protein in addition to immune system health and bone strength.
Magnesium is found in many food sources such as dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, collards, etc.) vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and whole grains to name a few.
Even though found in food, or in various oral supplements, studies show that one in five Americans receive less than half the RDA of magnesium. In addition, when taken orally, our digestive tract does not absorb the full amount ingested. Plus it can cause stomach irritability or lead to diarrhea (think milk of magnesia). Thus, making topical magnesium a superior method to safely increase levels in the body for immediate results with no side effects.
So you're probably asking, what is Magnesium Oil?
A good place to start is to point out that it’s not actually an oil at all in the true sense. It’s magnesium chloride, (an elemental salt), that’s dissolved in liquid, most commonly in water. Because of the high salt content, it has an oily feel when applied to the skin, hence the name.
Applying Magnesium Oil to the skin provides a transdermal delivery system allowing it to enter the blood stream quicker and immediately start working on the affected area. Skin, our largest organ is a living and breathing tissue and while one of its jobs is to keep toxins out, an equally important job is detoxification. The detoxification process involves the internal organs such as the liver and kidneys, but with the skin it starts on the surface by absorbing the air and what we put on it. The second part involves excretion through sweat. This is why it’s so important to be conscious of what goes on your body from personal care products because you could actually be absorbing the unwanted chemicals.
The benefits of topical magnesium for you
“Magnesium oil can be sprayed or rubbed on the body and is easily absorbed through the skin. It helps to greatly to increase the amount of magnesium in body tissues and overcomes the problems that some people have with loose stools when they try to take enough magnesium to meet their needs.This can be especially important in cases of severe magnesium deficiency that were treatable only with IV magnesium before magnesium oil came along.” 1
- Increased athletic performance
- Reduces DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
- Reduced muscle aches, pains, cramping and spasms
- Healthy skin and reduced outbreaks of eczema and psoriasis
- Better relaxation and stress management
- Increased energy levels and improved moods
- Sleep improvement
How to increase Magnesium levels through the skin
The best two ways to increase magnesium topically is through soaks such as dead sea or epsom salts, and sprays. The soaks can be used as a full bath or if you don’t have access to a tub, a foot soak is just as effective. Magnesium spray is another method and you can use it directly on affected areas or it can be sprayed on the abdomen, lower back and bottom of the feet. Once it's sprayed you'll want to lightly massage it in then leave on or remove after a minimum of 20 minutes. While it can be used any time of day, we recommend immediately post workout or before bed. Things to note about topical magnesium is that most people will feel a slight tingling or itchy sensation that subsides after a few minutes. This is completely normal and is an indication that there's some level of deficiency. The more often it's used, that sensation will decrease.
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