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What’s the difference between white table Salt and Himalayan Salt?

What’s the difference between white table Salt and Himalayan Salt?

Firstly (and obviously) they are different in colour.  Also, white table salt is processed and bleached to make it look ‘appealing’.  It’s also know to contain additives like anti-caking agent sodium ferrocyanide (that why it never ‘stick’s together’).  The pink Himalayan salt is unrefined and contains 84 elements and trace elements (the way nature intended).

The elements are minerals, both macro minerals, such as calcium and chloride as well as trace minerals including iron and zinc.  The macro minerals are needed in relative abundance and include magnesium, chloride, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. The recommended daily amount of these macro minerals depends of your age, activity level and general overall health.

Trace minerals are needed in small amounts for health, and those found in Himalayan salt include boron, chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc. Other minerals that can be found in Himalayan salt include aluminum, carbon, platinum, selenium, sulfur and titanium.  It is also known to contain elements of hydrogen and oxygen.

Because of its mineral content, Himalayan salt is considered healthier than regular table salt (and far less processed). Human nutrition is variable in many ways and some of the minerals found in Himalayan salt are found only in minute quantities.

From my personal experience, I will always use Himalayan salt over white table salt without hesitation. I hope this helps when you need to buy salt next time.

Make life EASE’ier with MagnEASEium. xxLewanna

What’s the Easter Bunny giving you?

In the spirit of Easter, we thought a discount would help you (or get back into) the routine of using your Magneaseium. It’s sooo good for muscle aches & pains, cold induced arthritis AND sleep!  Just what the whole family needs….. a restful and peaceful night sleep.

Magnesium has also been known with helping to balance blood sugars (especially after the Easter Bunny has visited!). According to studies Magnesium is necessary for the production, function and transport of insulin[1].

Simply enter EGG17 at the checkout to claim your discount of 20% on all Magneaseium Gel products.  Offer ends Good Friday 14th April 2017.

Happy Easter!

xxLewanna

[1] “Magnesium metabolism in hypertension and type 2 diabetes mellitus” Resnick LM

Goals, Dreams, Wishes + Desires

The festive season was fabulous, the New Year is upon us and let’s wonder for a moment, what does 2017 have installed for us?
Read more books, go to the dentist, exercise more, ring an old friend?
What are your goals, dreams, wishes and desires?
Fill out the attached worksheet in your own handwriting.  Then at least you’ve written it down and it will keep you accountable.

goals-dreams-wishes-desires

Enjoy, dream and take action!

xLewanna

What is restless legs syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by throbbing, pulling, creeping, or other unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable, and sometimes overwhelming, urge to move them. Symptoms occur primarily at night when a person is relaxing or at rest and can increase in severity during the night. Moving the legs relieves the discomfort.

Often called paresthesias (abnormal sensations) or dysesthesias (unpleasant abnormal sensations), the sensations range in severity from uncomfortable to irritating to painful[1]. According to some experts, Restless Leg Syndrome is most often related to nutritional deficiencies, most notably magnesium and other minerals/trace minerals and that is what sparked my interest!

Some holistic doctors swear by the use of magnesium to relieve RLS. Carolyn Dean, MD, a medical director for the Nutritional Magnesium Association, says “The best treatment is with any form of magnesium because magnesium relaxes muscles and nerves. Furthermore, calcium causes contraction in skeletal muscle fibres, and magnesium causes relaxation. When there is too much calcium and insufficient magnesium inside a cell, you can get sustained muscle contraction: twitches, spasms, and even convulsions. Magnesium permits a small amount of calcium to enter a nerve cell, just enough to allow electrical transmission along the nerves to and from the brain, then forces it back outside. Too much calcium, without the balancing effect of magnesium, can irritate delicate nerve cells of the brain. Cells that are irritated by calcium fire electrical impulses repeatedly, depleting their energy stores and causing cell death.

[1]  http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/restless_legs/detail_restless_legs.htm#3237_1

 

Sports Medicine and Magnesium – Part I

Excerpt from the book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy by Mark Sircus

Any athlete looking to gain strength, increase athletic performance and muscle mass should consider greatly increasing their magnesium intake, as well as zinc…

The combination of heat and magnesium chloride increases circulation and waste removal, and this principle can be applied during breaks in competition as well as after the game in deeply relaxing baths…

Transdermal magnesium chloride mineral therapy enhances recovery from athletic activity or injuries…

A whole new world of sports medicine is going to explode onto the scene when athletes and coaches find out that magnesium chloride from natural sources is available for topical use. In this new and exciting breakthrough in sports medicine coaches can now treat injuries, prevent them, and increase athletic performance all at the same time.

Magnesium chloride, when applied directly to the skin, is transdermally absorbed. Transdermal magnesium chloride mineral therapy is ideal for athletes who need high levels of magnesium. Oral magnesium is much less effective than transdermal magnesium in the treatment of injuries and tired worn out muscles…

Maximal contraction of the quadriceps is positively correlated to serum magnesium status.

Dr Jeff Schutt insists that hamstring injuries can at least partially be avoided through nutritional support because contraction and relaxation is dependent on adequate cellular levels of magnesium. “A shortened hamstring is a result of lack of available magnesium,” he says.

Liquid magnesium chloride can be rubbed into a sore Achilles tendon to decrease swelling. And soaking the feet in a magnesium chloride foot bath is the single best thing – apart from stretching – that you can do for yourself to protect from, or recover from, hamstring and other injuries. The only thing better is a full body bath or to have a massage therapist use it to rub it in as they work deeply on the muscles.

The heavy use of magnesium for athletic performance will be enough to make a difference between winning and losing on a regular basis.

Magnesium is the single most important mineral to sports nutrition. Adequate magnesium level will help your body against fatigue, heat exhaustion, blood sugar control, and metabolism. It also offers part of the secret why athletes die young – magnesium levels in tissue analysis are usually very low, and often mercury very high in athletes who have heart attacks. Congestive heart failure patients have recently been reported to have 22,000 times more mercury and 14,000 times more antimony in their hearts.

Zinc, chromium and selenium in addition to magnesium are excreted in the sweat or in the actual accelerated metabolism of strenuous exercise, and are difficult to replenish. When we sweat we lose more than just water. Other components of sweat include electrolytes, particularly sodium and magnesium. Loss of magnesium by sweating takes place at an accelerated pace when there is a failure in sweat homeostasis, a situation which arises when exercise is made in conditions of damp atmosphere and high temperature.

Increased energy expenditure causes an increase in magnesium requirements. Selenium is important in that it neutralizes the toxic effects of mercury. This is especially important for athletes who have a mouth full of mercury containing dental amalgam. Beware the sports people who say that the amount of magnesium lost through sweat is negligible, making magnesium supplementation unnecessary.

Dr Sarah Mayhill says, “Heavy exercise also makes you lose magnesium in the urine and explains why long distance runners may suddenly drop dead with heart arrhythmias.” Magnesium intake is most often marginal at best, and heavy exercise is a factor that is particularly likely to expose athletes to magnesium deficit through metabolic depletion linked to exercise.

Difference between Magnesium Bath Flakes and Epsom salts

‘What’s the difference between soaking in a bath of Magneaseium Bath Flakes and Epsom Salts’?

Magneaseium Bath Flakes is magnesium chloride from the sea. Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate) is also natural to the sea but now as protected and clean. It is known that sulfate is more toxic, and in transdermal application it’s less absorbable and retainable in the body.

The best form of magnesium supplementation obviously would be the most natural and that would be found where life began, in the sea. Magnesium Chloride is highly bioavaliable when applied transdermally, either directly to the skin or when used in baths or foot baths.

The difference is remarkable between the two forms and is almost instantly noticeable.

Magnesium chloride is easily assimilated and metabolized in the human body. According to Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of Detox, magnesium sulfate, commonly known as Epsom salts, is rapidly excreted through the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate. This would explain in part why the effects from Epsom salt baths do not last long and why you need more magnesium sulfate in a bath than magnesium chloride to get similar results.

 

Rejuvenating skin

About this time last year I mentioned that I was walking along the beach and got sunburnt. Yikes! That feeling of your back and shoulders on fire.  It hurts every time you roll over in bed. You lather the moisturiser on for a couple of days, during which time you forget what burnt skin feels like until…. The itchy stage starts.

Now that it’s summer and spend an amazing amount of time outside, it makes you appreciate that an Australian summer is not to be reckoned with. Slip Slop Slap of sunscreen is the first rule!

Aloe Vera is also another important factor. It acts as an immediate and effective wound-healer, aids in the treatment of burns.  It also helps with the prevention of blistering and peeling[1] skin.

Second rule is application of Magneaseium Gel. The Aloe Vera is important combined with Magnesium which helps repair the dermal (skin) cells.  Cells grown without Magnesium were twice as susceptible to free radical damage as were cells grown in normal amounts of Magnesium[2].  Aging is another way of saying ‘free radical damage’.

So whether you are outdoorsie, age conscience, or even just trying to keep the wrinkles at bay, Magneaseium Gel one step in your routine you can’t skip

 

[1] The Vitamin Bible by Earl Mindell, Page 199

[2] The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean MD, ND, Page 200

Vitality & Wellbeing from Dr. Elissa O’Brien

Osteopathy is one modality that I truly believe in. It has helped my family and I immensely during stressful times, developmental stages and during calm and tranquil times of our lives.  Each Osteopath works slightly differently but their true essence is the same…. Vitality and Wellbeing. A friend and colleague, Dr. Elissa O’Brien from Atrium Osteopathy in Balwyn, Victoria has kindly written the following post for us.

“Health is an ongoing project. To be healthy can be viewed as a daily practice.

I’m an Osteopath and people come to me when things are going wrong, when their body stops allowing them to do what they want to do on a daily basis.

To keep your body functioning optimally you need to be aware of its needs.

Some of these needs you can meet yourself through diet, exercise, balance between work and rest, positive choices and through healthy rituals. Some of these needs are best outsourced to professionals.

A key concept that I often discuss with my patients is ease. The first osteopath in 1900 spoke of dis-ease or lack of ease, which will precede disease.

We can choose ease on a daily basis. Think of the things you do daily that you could do with ease.

There are the simple things; are you at ease now? Do you move with ease and if not, how could you do this better? Can you figure this out for yourself or through discussion with a friend or do you need to seek professional help?

Magneaseium is such an appropriate name for the magnesium gel I’ve had in my clinic since its conception. It really does allow muscular ease when I use it on the tight, tired muscles of my patients.

My favourite application though is at home on my children’s aches and pains, particularly their growing pains. We keep a tube next to their beds and I can rub it in to their legs and feet at night or (even easier) they can.

Not everyone absorbs magnesium easily through their digestive system and not everyone wants to take a supplement, so a topical gel is the perfect solution.

A daily ritual involving some self-reflection around your health, a short (or long) check-in that allows you to massage, stretch or move with ease, breathe better, contemplate your health, review healthy meal choices and plan more appropriate lifestyle choices is one way for you to regain some control over health. Become your own health manager and outsource as appropriate.”

Thank you Dr. O’Brien for being such an amazing health professional and we greatly appreciate your support of Magneaseium.

9 Foods containing Magnesium – The essential mineral for health & vitality

Magnesium is a super mineral that your body needs in order to function properly. There are several foods that naturally contain magnesium, but unfortunately due to modern day farming, food manufacturing and poor diets, we struggle to consume adequate levels of on a daily basis.

So, although it’s important to know what foods contain magnesium so you can include them in your diet, be conscious that due to declines in magnesium in our soil (approx 25-80% in the last 30 years, wow!) it’s a good idea to also supplement with products like our Magneaseium gels and bath flakes.

Here are 9 foods you can include in your diet to help boost your Magnesium consumption:

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3 Healthy Christmas gift ideas

Happy December everyone! Tis finally the season to whip out your cossie, hit the beach, and soak up the sunshine. Christmas is in the air and it’s completely acceptable to shamelessly listen to all your favorite holiday tunes on repeat! Despite the sweltering weather (depending on whereabouts in the world you are) you can’t help but feel that good old fashion holiday cheer, as houses become decorative, local coffee shops begin selling their holiday specials, and you can finally count down the days to all the festivities with your friends and family.

One thing that is definitely on my mind as we enter December, is finding great healthy gifts for all my loved ones. ‘Healthy’ is my gift theme this year, because good health is the greatest gift a person can have. And what better way is there of showing a loved one you care than by giving them a gift that will benefit their health? You no longer have to stress about what gifts you are going to give this year – here are three healthy Magneaseium bundle ideas for Christmas gifts:

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