Magnesium: The Forgotten Mineral

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If you haven’t been reaping the benefits of magnesium rich foods or supplements, then it’s time to start. Magnesium, believe it or not, is needed for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It’s the fourth most prevalent mineral in the body, half of it being stored in the bones and the other half in the body’s tissues and organs. Magnesium ensures that the heart beats normally and it keep bones healthy. It also supports healthy immune system function, proper blood sugar levels, healthy metabolism, and normal blood pressure. Have we convinced you of magnesium’s importance yet?

Magnesium is responsible for two primary cellular functions: energy production and cellular reproduction. It can help treat back pain and cramps, prevent constipation, reduce migraines, produce collagen, activate enzymes, and absorb minerals. This is because it essentially keeps your bodily levels normal. Because magnesium is a fundamental ion in the body, it is used in chemical reactions that occur in the cells. You may be thinking that magnesium isn’t necessary in your diet because you take supplements or certain prescriptions for hearth health, depression, anxiety, asthma, or even migraines. What separates magnesium from these medications is that it is an essential component of the body, therefore the body doesn’t treat it as a foreign substance. While magnesium helps a number of ailments, medications usually treat one specific symptom and are flushed out as toxins, which tax the liver and kidneys.

When a person is not deficient in magnesium and gets a consistent supply, the body stores it for future use. This is what you want because magnesium boosts hormone production, maintains cells, and creates energy. If the body does not get enough magnesium it begins extracting magnesium from bones, where it is needed. Low magnesium levels have been linked to diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and even asthma. These are the extremes, but symptoms of magnesium deficiency include irregular heart beat, fatigue, tremors, or cramps.

So what foods do you eat to get all the benefits of magnesium? It’s in more foods than you think. Magnesium is naturally found in sea vegetables, dark leafy greens such as spinach, tomatoes, beet greens, broad beans, lima beans, artichokes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds, barley, cornmeal, buckwheat flour, oat bran, and peanuts. Drinking lots of distilled or alkaline water is also a beneficial source of magnesium.

You know what else you can do to fulfill your daily dose of magnesium? You can make your own magnesium oil! You’ll need a half cup of magnesium chloride flakes, a half cup of distilled water, and a spray bottle. Bring the distilled water to a boil, stir in the magnesium chloride flakes until dissolved, and let the solution cool. Pour this in a spray bottle and apply to your stomach, legs, and arms daily. Use this oil in combination with eating foods that are rich in magnesium and your body will be grateful.

Sources:

http://livingtraditionally.com/how-to-make-your-own-magnesium-oil/

http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-benefits/

2016-08-30T09:39:55+00:00

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    Q: I usually take a few supplements a day.... vitamin E, flax, vitamin c, and calcium/magnesium. I am wondering if they are still necessary to take while on a raw food diet and the anti viral cleanse?

    A:

    NO, you don't need to take anything additionally while on the Anti-Viral kit and regimen.

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    Q: Is MAGNESIUM STERATE used in 90% of supplements, a CARCINOGEN or CAUSES CANCER ?

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    Not really a carcinogen. Just a toxin and animal byproduct!

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    Q: I read one of your comments on Epsom salt with magnesium sulfate. You stated that it would not be good to use. Why?

    A:

    It's a chemical! Man-made!

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    Q: Dasani water, if I remember correctly, was banned from the U.K. It contains salt as well as potassium chloride. Essentia contains calcium chloride, as well as sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulfate, dipotassium phosphate. Are all the ingredients in Essentia safe? One would have do an independent test on the water. Dasani is crap and I no longer drink Essentia but it would be my brand of choice of bottled water if I was to purchase water again.

    A:

    Personally I have an alkaline-antioxidant water machine (Neptune brand) that produces alkaline, antioxidant, oxygenate, mineralized water that is made in Asia.

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    Q: Hi D, I began the FULL BODY DETOX this AM - Sun.13th. In the past I have experienced high blood pressure (BP) in about the 130/88-95 range. I have personally chosen not to take prescription meds for this but instead to lower it naturally. I have been taking Ultimate Omega, CoQ-10 (100mg), Magnesium, Super Calcium (1200mg)and Kyolic (6x day). I thought to monitor my BP while on this cleanse. I took my first reading @ 6:50 (164/95) pulse 66. Took second reading @ 9:45 (175/101) p- 66. By taking the herbs will this cause my BP to rise? what might be the cause of this and what recommondations might you be able to share with me. Also, I have not been taking my above pills while cleansing - not sure if I was to or stick strictly to the cleanse.

    A:

    Your BP is self-regulating itself so numbers will fluctuate. Don't panic or worry! Trust in your body's natural healing process! With healing it's Ordo Ab Chao: order (stability) out of chaos! And by all means strictly stick to the cleanse! You''ll be fine!

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    Q: I ordered the MULTI-VITAMINS AND MINERALS FORMULA, and I can't wait to receive them!!! However, I want a supplement that is "complete". (I guess that's what I mean) So I am asking should I order supplements like vitamin c, zinc, or magnesium to compliment the multi vitamins, or is that enough to cover all areas?

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    The more the merrier! Order the additional products for more 'completion.'

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    Q: Thanks for the great web site! MY question is what's the best way to get sodium. I thought un-refined sea salt was the best, but the salt article says "eat this salt only if you must." The great thing about pure sea salt is that it all or almost all the minerals the body needs! So what's the best way to get all the mineral and to stay in balance? Also is there a way to get Epsom salt that is sodium sulfate not magnesium sulfate? Is it a good idea to bath in the "good" Epsom salt.

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    You're welcome, Beloved!

    The best way to get sodium is via vegetables (i.e. celery).

    Sea salt is great source of sodium, but its a secondary source as it has to be processed from ocean water. Absent the process, it would not be available.

    But it does provide minute amounts of trace elements.

    In re Epsom salt, I haven't been able to find the sodium one.

    I stopped using Epsom salt many years ago.

    You could bath in the good Epsom salt, but sea salt is far better and more natural.

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    Q: I am trying to find an all-organic multi-vitamin to replace the vitamin I?m currently taking. Does your multi-vitamins and minerals include Vitamins A, all B's, D, E, K, folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and potassium? Should any of your other formulas be taking along with it?

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    Our Multi-Vitamins and Minerals includes all the nutrients you named below. You may take this formula with other Dherbs formulas.

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    Q: I'm in dire need of your help. My legs ache nightly. I'm tired of taking Motrin because I know that stuff is so bad for my liver. I've tried everything. I take extra magnesium and extra B-6 and nothing seems to help. The only relief I get is taking very hot baths and that seems to relax them a bit. I'd so appreciate any help you can give me.

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    Detox your body (FULL BODY DETOX). Drink the HEADACHES TEA (1-2 cups) daily. Perform the Sea Salt Soak (see our article â€SEA SALT SOAK†by the same title).

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    Q: I would like to know, when taking several of your products as part of everyday good health regimen, is it still necessary to take each supplement 2 hours apart? I am currently taking, energy, metabolism, alkaline, magnesium and joint. Thank you

    A: Yes, you want to allow your body time to absorb each of the supplements. It's best to allow 1-2 hours in between taking each formula.

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    Q: I am taking more than 20-30 herbal supplements a day and am wondering if it's okay to mix or take all of them at the same time. Here's an example of some I am taking: Burdock, Yellow Dock, Sarsaparilla, Kelp, Licorice Root, Oregon Grape Root, Red Clover, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Calcium, Magnesium, 50 Chlorella tablets 200mg, 10 500mg Spirulina capsules elderberry, echinacea, goldenseal, vitamin e, gotu kola, american ginseng guarana, dong quai, guggulipid, red yeast rice, hoodia, dandelion, cod liver oil, neptune krill oil, acai, psyllium husks, apple pectin, oat bran chromium picolinate, wormwood, damiana, st johns wort, 5-htp and pycnogenol not to mention others. They are mostly in gelatin capsules. I am concerned that too much gelatin is bad for me too!

    A:

    You are overloading your body! Spread those supplements out throughout your day. Take 6 of them at a time every 3 hours or so. This is best for your body!

    For example:
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    Burdock
    Yellow Dock
    Sarsaparilla
    Kelp
    Licorice Root
    Oregon Grape Root
    10 a.m.
    Red Clover
    Zinc
    Copper
    Selenium
    Calcium
    Magnesium


    1 p.m.
    50 Chlorella tablets 200mg
    10 500mg Spirulina capsules
    elderberry
    echinacea
    goldenseal
    vitamin e


    4 p.m.
    gotu kola
    american ginseng
    guarana
    dong quai
    guggulipid
    red yeast rice


    7 p.m.
    dandelion
    cod liver oil
    neptune krill oil
    acai
    psyllium husks
    Before bedtime
    apple pectin
    oat bran
    chromium picolinate
    wormwood
    damiana
    st johns wort
    5-htp
    pycnogenol


    We do not reccomend Gelatin capsules. Gelatin capsules are hard to digest in the body, which is why we offer vegetarian capsules.

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    Q: You mention in an article that your vitamins/minerals are phosphate (organic). I am confused. Phosphate is inorganic. Are you referring to organophosphates? Please explain why I should buy your magnesium phosphate or Vitamin C phosphate, they are inorganic?

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    Phosphate is ORGANIC! Oxide is INORGANIC!

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    Q: I am 22 weeks pregnant and in the hospital on bed rest with Preeclampsia. Today I was told that the protein in my urine was up to 9 grams from 2.1 and my platelet count has dropped from 180 to 130. The doctors want to start discussing delivery, which for me would mean the lost of a 4th child. I have been on a regimen vitamin c, primrose oil, hawthorn berries, calcium, omega fish oil, magnesium and potassium and that seemed to work for about 4 weeks. Now things have just gone bad. Is there a hope for saving my child, as things have gotten crucial?

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    2nd RESPONSE: The following products are toxic to you: Vitamin C Calcium Fish Oil Magnesium Potassium Toxic products can cause pre-eclampsia! Make sure you read our article â€ECLAMPSIAâ€. Start getting your products from Dherbs because we are all natural (herbal-based) and you can trust our integrity.

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    Q: Started Dherbs 20day detox four days ago, experiencing discomfort (numbness) in the back of legs and thighs when sitting or lying down. Will this go away or do I need to take magnesium or something else?

    A: Experiencing numbness while cleansing is not a detox symptom. If you're currently taking medication or experiencing health issues like diabetes or high blood pressure, it could be contributing to the numbness. Numbness is commonly related to poor circulation in the body. Your body might be telling you that it needs more activity. We suggest engaging in light cardio and consuming foods within the diet that helps with circulation in addition to foods that have a high source of magnesium. Please feel free to give us a call at 866 434 3727 if you still need assistance or if the issue progresses. Raw foods that are high in magnesium include all dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard, sesame seeds, Brazil Nuts, avocado, bananas, cashews, almonds and more. Foods that help circulation include cayenne pepper, oranges, sunflower seeds, ginger, garlic, Goji Berries, Watermelon and avocados.

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    Q: This past May my sister started to have really bad asthma attacks and allergic relations to scents, dust etc, and a horrible cough. She was told by her doctor that she had asthma and was put on asthma medication, inhalers, etc. the symptoms got worse, she couldn't sleep because she was up all night coughing, the claritin didn't work, etc. She had been complaining the past week of feeling bloated, her ankles being swollen, not being able to breath when she layed down, etc. She couldn't even walk from desk to desk at work. On the way home last week she went into the Emergency room and was admitted and stayed 4 days. We soon found out that she had congenital heart failure and only 25% of her heart is pumping properly. She couldn't breath because of the water build up on her lungs and heart. The doctors said that the build up of antibodies in her system showed that she had contracted EB virus some years ago and it permanently damaged her heart. She is limited to only 64 ounces of water a day, takes water pills, blood pressure pills, and is not allowed to eat foods high in sodium. My question is, is there any herbs or vitamins that can be used to help her heart? I do not want her to get a pace maker or have a heart transplant. The medications that she is on now make her so weak and drowsy. I know the doctors said the heart damage is permanent, but I just need to know is there anything else that would help naturally?

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    The heart failure is only permanent if you guys (especially your sister) BELIEVE so! What is believed is achieved! It's nothing but medical BS if you ask me!

    To CURE her heart condition, I would suggest she:

    1. Perform the Full Body Detox (absent any pharmaceutical drugs, but it is your sister's choice to stay on them or get off of them)

    2. While on the FBD, drink 2-4 cups of Hawthorn Berry tea

    3. After the FBD, she needs to take CARDIOVASCULAR Formula (3 capsules 2 times daily), CIRCUL-AID formula (3 capsules once daily), and BOWEL MOVER (3 capsules before bed every night).

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    A:

    I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT YOU PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX FIRST AND FOREMOST.

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    Q: I been on the FULL BODY DETOX for a week and a half and I don't feel are see no difference in my body but all I have is a lot of gas and bloating in my stomach? Also I have asthma and it seems the herbs make me wheeze more now can you give me some idea what's going on? Do I need to take a higher dosage is my body rejecting? Help please

    A:

    HAVE YOU READ THE â€DETOX TROUBLESHOOTING†ON OUR HOME PAGE AND LOOKED UP "GAS" ("FLATULENCE")? CLEARLY YOU ARE EXPERIENCING "HEALING CRISIS." DID YOU READ THIS PART IN YOUR DETOX BOOKLET? YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THE ARTICLE â€HEALING CRISIS†BECAUSE YOU'RE EXPERIENCING HEALING CRISIS DUE TO HEALING. ALL OF THIS GOOD INFORMATION IS ON OUR SITE, WHICH YOU CAN FIND UNDER â€FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PAGEâ€â€DETOX TROUBLESHOOTINGâ€, AND â€ARTICLES†SECTION. HANG IN THERE! GET THE UNDERSTANDING YOU NEED. IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL HELP, PLEASE RE-EMAIL US BUT I THINK THE INFORMATION WE ALREADY PROVIDED WILL SUFFICE FOR YOU.

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    Q: I just recently completed the FULL BODY DETOX and have developed a taste for distilled water, with two additional gallons of water left. Are there any harmful effects of drinking distilled water over a prolonged period of time?

    A:

    Yes, it can leech vital minerals from your body. Spring water is better! But you should be fine finishing the 2 gallons.

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    Q: Hi, thanks for giving people like me some hope that we can all be healed. I recently bought the FULL BODY DETOX and I see where I need to drink distilled water for the first 2 weeks. I am unable to find distilled water here (Jamaica) but I see deionized water is that the same thing as distilled water?

    A:

    It's not the same water but it will do!

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    Q: I am very interested in Dherbs herbal formulas - they appear to be high quality, good formulas. I have a question for you. I eat a vegan diet, about 50% raw foods (sometimes more), get regular exercise, and love to spend time in nature. I am a generally healthy person who rarely gets sick. I have healed myself from asthma and allergies and other ailments by living a healthy lifestyle and using herbs and energy work. However, I do still suffer from cramping during my period (probably endometriosis) and from cervical dysphasia due to HPV. I would love to get these cleared up, too! What do you recommend in terms of your herbal formulas? For example, should I do the whole body detox first, then start in with the ailment specific recommendations, or start everything all at once? Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciate.

    A:

    We would recommend that you first start out with the Full Body Cleanse, followed by the Anti-Viral Kit, followed by the Female Cleanse. These should help you to clear up those unwanted reproductive ailments and provide essential nutrients for female health.

    After this series of cleansing, we also recommend the the following supplements in order to to stay on the path towards whole body wellness.

    Menstrual Cycle Formula
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