All you need to know about Mighty Magnesium

We just received a very interesting email from Salt Lab – our favourite magnesium – and thought we’d share it and some more need to knows about Magnesium with you all.


A superior method for safely increasing magnesium levels in the body.

Magnesium Oil is your new salty saviour

Have you ever wondered why elite athletes are always banging on about magnesium? It’s because it’s actually a super useful little mineral for your body. Being an elite athlete requires a ton of precision and sacrifice in every facet of life. Being on top of everything that goes into your body is a prerequisite for fighting to be at your best. Magnesium just happens to be one of the many things we all need and don’t even know it.

It can help with HEAPS of things…here is a little list of a few of the benefits you need to should totes know about:

  • Increased muscle strength: When it comes down to muscle protein synthesis (the process of building muscle mass) Magnesium is your secret weapon, the enzymes that enable this process are impaired without this magic mineral. So, in short…a lack of Magnesium can jeopardize your recovery, hypertrophy & strength.
  • Better hormonal balance: It’s about finding the balance between healthy testosterone levels while keeping those cortisol levels in check. Magnesium can help your body with this juggling act by increasing the bioavailability of testosterone while lowering your cortisol (stress hormone) which will in turn help your body cope with the physical (and mental) stress it is experiencing from those tough workouts.
  • Control your insulin levels: Magnesium is known to help your body control its level of insulin. When your insulin is working properly, you burn carbs faster and can develop more lean muscle.
  • Help you recover faster: Magnesium is the vitamin C of colds, except it actually works. It helps your muscles recover faster after a hard workout, by fighting inflammation, raising your antioxidant levels and replenishing the energy stores in your muscles.

We totally get that this list of magnesium benefits might make it sound like it’s an athlete only supplement, but it sure ain’t. Magnesium can help with heaps of stuff, like hormone balance, sleep, stress, psoriasis and more.

Transdermal vs Oral

Transdermal (directly onto the skin) Magnesium Chloride is a far superior method for safely increasing magnesium levels in the body, there is simply nothing else that so quickly, easily and safely raises magnesium levels in the body. Applying Magnesium topically delivers this essential mineral directly through the skin at a cellular level, eliminating common intestinal symptoms, such as diarrhoea which can be associated with oral use.

Supplementing with a Magnesium Oil means you can never have too much, your body will self-regulate and only absorb what it needs, therefore you are putting less stress on the body than when using oral forms of Magnesium where your body needs to work harder to process it and eliminate what is not needed. You often loose up to 50% of what is taken orally through this process which includes digestion. Another bonus of using magnesium oil is you can apply it in isolation, therefore if you have a specific area that is aching or sore you can apply directly to this area for faster more effective results.

Did you know that caffeine and alcohol steal your body’s magnesium?

Both caffeine and alcohol reduce the amount of magnesium in your body, which ain’t a good combo because magnesium is a super important mineral for your mental and physical well being. It’s actually the fourth most common mineral in your body, after sodium, calcium and potassium, so you really do need a boat load of it.

If you don’t have enough magnesium in your body, you can really feel it. You might be getting more muscle cramps, muscle spasms or twitches, you might find it harder to sleep, feel more stressed and you might have problems with your skin. On the other hand, if you abstain from coffee and alcohol you might be a cranky mess, and that’s not good for anyone.

Because coffee is a diuretic, it causes your body to flush out magnesium quickly, meaning that your body doesn’t have enough time to properly break down the mineral and make the most of it. A study recently showed that people can be losing magnesium at higher levels than usual up to SIX HOURS after a coffee, which is six hours every day minimum that you aren’t making the most of it.

As far as alcohol goes, because it makes our organs work a bit slower (read: a little lazy) we aren’t able to break it down as effectively. It’s because of our pancreatic enzymes; we produce less of these when we have alcohol in our system, and they are one of the enzymes that help us to make the most of minerals like, magnesium.

Studies show that the best way to absorb magnesium is through the skin (transdermally, for those of us who are scientifically minded.) Basically, if you can find a way to get magnesium onto your skin, you’ve got a better chance of absorbing more of the good stuff.




You can apply Salt Lab magnesium oil directly to tired/sore muscles for fast effective relief, or directly onto your stomach for general magnesium deficiency and a sound night’s sleep.


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