Topical Magnesium and my nerve damage

At the time of finding out about topical magnesium I was looking into improving my nutrition and soothing my anxiety. Finding something that would also ease the irritable nerves in my neck and shoulder was a great bi-product of my research.  In 2016, just 2 days before I embarked on the first part of my 9 month ‘tour of Australasia’, I found myself in A&E due to almost passing out on the train from pain from the top of my neck flowing down my right arm and to the middle of my back. After lots of gas and air in the ambulance, I was seen to by an Australian paramedic and then doctor, who told me I had damaged my nerves C4 – C7 and that an MRI and physiotherapy was advisable. Safe to say that didn’t happen.


Yoga and at home physio exercises were a great help, but I noticed the nerves still felt very irritable and that my sleep was quite restless.I was having some digestive health issues and so to be sure that I was definitely going to be absorbing the mineral I opted for the topical/oil form. The first thing I noticed when using the oil is that my stress levels and sleep improved quite impressively. Slowly but surely I began to notice that the debilitating pain was also alleviating quite impressively, whilst I could still feel the ache, the irritated feeling of the nerves was pretty much gone. I also noticed improved attention span and reduced anxiety. Bonus!

I ran out of topical Magnesium oil in November, and in my backpacker way, I was cutting down to basics and thinking “Do I really need to re buy this? Is this really an essential?”. A few months later my poor back has literally been screaming at me, my joints are achy and my attention span has plummeted and my emotions are a little less smooth to say the least. As a natural deodorant, sleep aid, calming agent, pain and PMS reliever, It’s definitely an essential that I will not be going without any time soon

Magnesium – An Essential Mineral

-Personal experiences aside, Magnesium is highly involved and responsible for around 300 enzymatic processes in the body on a cellular level. The mineral is involved with regulating and maintaining this enzyme activity, glucose and fat break down, energy production, building proteins and new cells. Maintaining this mineral balance is therefore necessary for cell life.

-Magnesium is also a calming mineral and as stated above essential but with our 21st Century on the go and stressful lifestyles, it is usually the first mineral to be depleted as it is constantly being called upon to counteract stress. As the blood cells will do anything to make sure that they always have enough Magnesium to undertake the necessary enzymatic activities, including leeching it from other cells, muscles, tissues and bones, it is pretty pointless to get a blood test to determine whether or not you are deficient in Magnesium.

Am I Magnesium Deficient? – Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

As previously stated, blood tests are by no means an accurate way to test for Magnesium deficiency. It is important to note that whilst your blood may not test as deficient, you may still be well under optimum or recommended levels of Magnesium. But how to tell? Observing and understanding your body is an important learning curve worth taking the time to do, as well as being informed. Some listed signs of Magnesium deficiency you may be so used to that you won’t even have noticed, while others could surprise you.

  • -Irritability / Anxiety
  • -Lethargy
  • -Sleep disturbances
  • -Migraine
  • -Impaired memory
  • -Brain fog
  • -Depression
  • -ADHD
  • -OCD
  • -Muscle spasms/twitches/tics/cramps
  • -Other mineral deficiencies such as Potassium
  • -PMS
  • -Back pain
  • -Joint pain

And the list goes on… It is important to note that withing the realms of functional medicine, TCM, naturopathy and homeopathy there is a much more integrated approach to disorders or diseases. What a doctor may put down to a separate illness or deficiency, integrated approaches will advise that the systems are not so isolated, and thus something like a Magnesium deficiency may be the root cause of PMS for example, and not just an imbalance in hormonal levels.

So how do I make sure I’m getting enough Magnesium? – Sources of Magnesium

Swapping to a plant based diet has meant that over the last few years I have been exploring essential minerals, plant based alternatives and then supplementing where advised. Whilst we should mostly source Magnesium from dark leafy greens such as Spinach, Kale, whole grains like brown rice and also from nuts and beans, we, unfortunately, can not totally depend on acquiring the daily RDA of Magnesium from food sources alone, due to increasingly lowered soil quality (nutrient deficient soil) meaning less mineral content in the food sources themselves. In addition to this, there is no way to tell whether the ingested Magnesium (food source or oral supplement) is being readily absorbed in the gut as many medications, genetic factors, illnesses functional problems and so on can interfere with the absorption process. Studies by the World Health Organisation indicate that an estimated 75% of American adults consume a Magnesium deficient diet. With the above information in mind, it seems that the most reliable way to get the RDA Magnesium is via application of a high quality topical formula.

6 Benefits of using Topical/ Transdermal Magnesium

-Safe and effective way to increase Magnesium levels. It takes about 30 seconds for the applied solution to reach your blood stream and the intake far exceeds that possible with oral methods

  • -Increased sleep and better sleep quality
  • -Increased energy levels and improved moods
  • -Better stress management
  • -Reduced muscle spasms/twitches/tics/cramps
  • -Increased athletic performance

I have also found that Magnesium in spray form is great to help healing broken skin (though this may be better used diluted in a bath as it can really sting!) and as an added extra bonus it can be used as an effective natural deodorant if that alternative option floats your boat.

In closing I would like to say that this is a culmination of my own research and experience. If you are unsure of the causes to your symptoms, whilst Magnesium therapy is safe, it is always advisable to consult a professional of sorts. There are extensive studies and research available on the internet which could help you to further understand Magnesium deficiency, how to treat and evidence. Transdermal or topical Magnesium is widely available at most health stores and online. The featured one is from Holland & Barett, but there are also many informative blog pages that can show you how to make your own! If you enjoyed this style of blog post let me know.

Happy Healing,

Kem x

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