Statistics show that over 40% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. While there are blood tests for magnesium deficiency, some experts claim they’re not conclusive since only 1 percent of the body’s magnesium is found in the bloodstream; most is stored in your organs and bones. So it may be best to let your symptoms be your guide.

My friend Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND has devoted a large chunk of her life to educating people about the huge variety of diseases that are actually just magnesium deficiency. Common signs of magnesium deficiency include:

Muscle spasms and cramps, abnormal heart rhythms, fatigue, cold hands & feet, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, twitching/tics, PMS, osteoporosis, gagging or choking, rapid heart rate.

Aside from being nature’s muscle relaxant, magnesium also has powerful bone/teeth-building, cardiovascular, nervous system, and detoxification properties – among it’s many talents!

In addition, simple, yet tested ways to remove heavy metals from the body include the use of: Magnesium, chlorophyll, chlorella, cilantro, vitamin C, algae, kelp, lemon juice, etc. For now, let’s just look at using magnesium, both to detox and to address likely deficiencies.

As many people know, taking magnesium orally can loosen the bowels or even cause spasming as your peristalsis kicks into high gear to get rid of it. I discovered that magnesium citrate is very irritating to mucosal membranes (e.g. the lining of your intestines) the day I made it into a suppository (cause that’s the kind of ‘mad scientist’ I am) – this resulted in an intense ‘burning’ sensation in my rectum and let me tell you, I got rid of it pretty darn quick!

How To Take Large Doses of Magnesium

So how can people with IBD, or sensitive guts, or people using it to detox get enough magnesium into their system, without irritating their bowel? Basically, you need to bypass the digestive system. If the magnesium does not go through your intestines, then there is no irritation, absorption rates are WAY higher and it does not cause diarrhea or loose bowels.

We carry both Transdermal Magnesium and atom-sized (nano-sized) QuikPlus Magnesium and these have been used extensively by my readers with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (and you don’t get much more sensitive than that!). I’m going to give you instructions on how to use both, then I’m also going to tell you how I use them to get a ‘bigger bang for my buck’.

Transdermal Magnesium

Transdermal Magnesium is also known as magnesium oil because it feels like an oil to the touch, but it is really just condensed seawater. Traditional methods of application are to dilute the oil (supersaturated magnesium chloride) 50:50 with distilled water/clean water. Spread 1-2 tsp on your body after your morning shower. On the trunk/torso is better—as it gets a bit itchy on legs and arms. Also, magnesium oil naturally elevates DHEA in the body. Some people find it too itchy, in that case, wash oil off the skin after 30 minutes – most should be absorbed by then. Or, instead, add one ounce of magnesium oil to a warm/hot foot bath and soak feet for 30 minutes. Or, you can add 1-2 ounces to your bathwater and soak in the tub fo