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Should you spray or swallow your Magnesium? by The Base Collective - Guest Blogger Series


Should you spray or swallow your Magnesium? We've got the answer.

You might think we're biased. After all we've very clearly about getting you Magnesium intake via your skin. But there are several good reason why we recommend transdermal application rather than oral supplements and we've jotted them down right here for you.

Why you should spray your magnesium instead of swallow

Magnesium. It’s relaxing and calming, energising and rejuvenating… so how can you benefit most? While certain foods and supplements can increase your magnesium levels, we’re big advocates for transdermal application and its ability to absorb magnesium through the skin. While supplements may seem like a quick fix for your deficiency, applying this incredible mineral topically actually allows for greater absorption. Plus, you can treat your skin while you’re at it. Who doesn’t want that?

Why can’t I just eat magnesium enriched foods?

To increase magnesium levels, you can turn to foods such as spinach, almonds and avocados, which are all high in magnesium. However, when passed through the digestive system, much of this crucial mineral is lost. Milk, coffee and excessive alcohol consumption for example, can further inhibit how much magnesium is absorbed through the small and large intestines.(2) Other factors such as stress, digestive issues and kidney malfunction can too play a part.

When sourcing magnesium solely from food, you should also be aware that cooking, boiling, processing and refining food can deplete its magnesium content by up to 85%!(1)

Magnesium supplements can be destroyed in the gut!

Did you know that majority of magnesium ingested is destroyed in the gut? According to one study, the amount of dietary magnesium absorbed can fluctuate between 24-76%, with the rest being eliminated through waste.(3) As oral magnesium supplements aren’t the most effective, we recommend increasing your levels with topical treatments! Transdermal application of magnesium bypasses the digestive system, allowing for greater absorption.

How can transdermal magnesium help?

One of the reasons we love topical magnesium, is that it can be used to target sore spots over the entire body. If you often have headaches or migraines for example, applying magnesium to the base of your neck can help alleviate tension. Struggling with period pain? Apply to the lower abdomen! Topical magnesium is also fantastic for relieving specific conditions such as restless leg syndrome or sleeplessness. Applying a little magnesium to the soles of your feet before bed works wonders. For topical application, we recommend our Magnesium Oil which may assist with anything from muscle fatigue to feelings of anxiety. To build up your tolerance, start with only one or two sprays both morning and night. Apply to your stomach, back or legs, slowly working up to 10 sprays

Can I apply topical magnesium while taking other medication?

Another great benefit of applying magnesium transdermally, is that it won’t interfere with any other medications you may be taking. Once applied to the skin, your body will only absorb what it needs! It’s a safe and simple way to increase your magnesium levels, while treating your skin.

Your skin will thank you!

Speaking of treating your skin, incorporating magnesium based products into your everyday routine not only benefits your body… you'll also be left feeling smooth and hydrated! 


Cassie and Carly x (The Base Collective)





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