I normally have two heaping teaspoons of natural calm orange flavor at night. It helps me sleep, keeps me 'movin' so to speak, and keeps the restless legs at bay. Plus I hear that magnesium supplementation helps keep morning sickness at bay...
I forgot to order plain in time for my whole30 to start since the orange flavor contains stevia. So I ordered the magnesium oil. I figure after my whole30 I can use both.
how much oil do I apply to get the same benefit as the serving of natural calm?
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on June 20, 2013
at 03:35 AM
According to the back of the LIFE-FLO magnesium chloride brine I use 4 (undiluted) sprays is equivalent to 66 mg of elemental magnesium. Most of the brine is actually chloride so even though it seems like a lot. You aren't actually getting that much magneium in the spray. Paul Jaminet at PHD recommends about 200mg daily for supplementation. That puts it at about 12 sprays per day.
Mike Mahler talks a lot about magnesium oil. He feels it is the best form of magnesium supplementation because it is more efficiently absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream, as opposed to oral sups that have to be absorbed through the GI tract. He thinks long term oral magnesium has the potential for causing some GI distress. Also he says that oil will increase your DHEA more than oral. He also recommends spraying in the evening because he believes that you should naturally have a cortisol spike in the morning and than a gradual decline throughout the day, and that the calming effects of magnesium seem to offset cortisol so it is best to not upset your body's normal daily hormonal cycle and take it at night. I don't have references for these claims you can check Mike Mahler's blog or youtube some of his talks if you wish.
I hope that helps.
on January 07, 2013
at 04:36 AM
Magnesium oil (to my understanding) is a TOPICAL application. You rub it into your skin. I don't know how to get an equivalent dosage topically. Maybe someone will come along to say if its ok to take orally.
You can get mag citrate tablets any place that carries vitamins. I think it might be helpful to avoid constipation during pregnancy, but be sure to get your ob's approval.
on January 07, 2013
at 01:26 PM
It's really a different beast entirely. Magnesium oil will NOT give you the same benefit with "moving things along" that Mg Citrate will. However, it is beneficial in its own way. I usually alternate between Mg Oil, Mg Citrate, and internal chelated Mg (200 mg, more if needed). You will have to experiment to see what your body absorbs to help with the other things. Here is one Mg-happy website that might help.
on January 07, 2013
at 05:47 AM
I think it is hard to tell what you will get out of the magnesium oil transdermally, even from the manufacturer. I tried it, but did not like the skin burn, so I am more likely to add it to a bath, or just use epsom salts.
Internally, I take mag citrate powder (I think Natural Calm's original is just mag citrate powder, but not sure, I use NOW brand) and mix it with water or orange juice, since it is already tart. I also take mag citrate and mag malate tablets when I feel like that, NOW also makes these in capsules with no additives. The malate has less of a laxative effect, but since my tolerance is pretty high, even 1000 mg of citrate per day just keeps me regular, and very rarely causes any loose bowel movements (usually only if I've skipped a few days from being away or something).
I am 6 months pregnant now, and have been on 1000 mg of mag for over a year, about 6 months before pregnancy, and I think this high dosing (that I worked up to at the direction of my doctor for a few reason) helped with morning sickness, since I have read about the connection as well and did not suffer from it very much, just some aversions to the smell of meat early on.