Last year, David, a triathlete in training, decided that this would be the season he’d get a leg up on the competition. He’d get a full screening—an analysis of his hormones, nutrients, and metabolism—and see where he could start making adjustments.
Looking at his report, one of the things he noticed was that his magnesium lab value was 0.7 mg/dL, well below the normal range of 1.7 to 2.2 mg/dL.
He began supplementing daily with magnesium citrate, and almost instantly noticed that his performance began to improve—he had much less muscle cramping after a workout, and had significantly increased energy and endurance. Unfortunately, he also started having some less-than-pleasant side effects—namely stomachaches and diarrhea.
Magnesium can often cause gastric distress and osmotic diarrhea. Luckily, there’s a transdermal option that mostly bypasses your digestive system if you’re particularly sensitive, or if the recommended 123 mg per day is insufficient.
What magnesium oil is
Magnesium oil is an excellent option for people with magnesium deficiencies, especially those suffering from muscle cramping or insomnia. Because of its muscle relaxing properties, it’s ideal to spritz it on after a hard workout or before bedtime. Adherents report instant results, feeling less pain and having an increased range-of-motion within a half hour of application.
How to make it
You can find premade magnesium oil, but it can be more cost effective to buy magnesium chloride flakes and whip up your own. Swanson Ultra, LifeFlo, and Ancient Minerals are three brands that sell pure magnesium bath flakes.*
Simply swirl magnesium chloride flakes and boiling purified water together in equal amounts in a non-reactive container (preferably glass). Let the mixture cool, and then pour into a spray bottle. Sprinkle in a few drops of essential oil for an aromatherapy blast—like lavender to relax, or tangerine to energize.
How to use it
Now that you’ve DIYed, mist the oil over your arms, legs, stomach, and any other areas where you notice muscular tension. The application can sting a bit as your skin absorbs the minerals, but the tingling diminishes the more you use it.
Try spraying it on 1-3 times a day, allowing it to sink in for at least 20 minutes. The spray can leave behind a sticky residue as it dries, so be prepared to hit the showers or swipe with a damp cloth after using it.
And note, using excessive amounts of the oil can lead to the same types of gastric distress as oral supplements, so if you notice these effects, cut back on application.
*These companies make premade magnesium oil as well.
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