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The Amazing Benefits of Magnesium Chloride Flakes and How to use them

Magnesium chloride flakes, found in our bath salts, offer a holistic approach to wellness, in line with Salt Lab’s dedication to quality and sustainability. These flakes, rich in magnesium, play a vital role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, from ATP synthesis to nerve function regulation. Despite its importance, magnesium deficiency is common, exacerbated by stress. While dietary sources like beans and nuts provide magnesium, water enriched with the mineral offers additional benefits, potentially reducing heart disease risks. Incorporating magnesium chloride flakes into baths or foot soaks facilitates transdermal absorption, replenishing the body's magnesium levels and promoting relaxation. Whether for muscle relief, stress reduction, or overall well-being, Salt Lab’s magnesium products offer a natural solution, transforming self-care routines into moments of tranquility.

The Amazing Benefits of Magnesium Chloride Flakes and How to use them

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction 
  2. Magnesium- containing food sources 
  3. What Are Magnesium Chloride Flakes? 
  4. Dietary Recommendations.
  5. How to use Magnesium Chloride Flakes
  • As a detoxifying Foot Soak
  • As the ultimate relaxation recipe
  • As supplements for oral magnesium
  1. How to store your magnesium Flakes.
  2. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  3. Conclusion

Introduction

Since wellness and self-care are becoming increasingly important, magnesium flakes have become a preferred choice for lots of people. If you’ve taken a look at our bath salts, you’ll spot one magic ingredient: magnesium.

Beyond just being a bath additive, the natural benefits of magnesium flakes adds a soothing and holistic experience to your overall health, aligning perfectly with Salt Lab’s commitment to premium quality and sustainable products. 

Let's take a deep dive into the amazing benefits of magnesium chloride flakes and how it can improve your overall well-being. 

Magnesium is the eleventh most abundant element by mass in the human body and more than 300 enzymes require magnesium ions for their catalytic action, including all enzymes using or synthesising ATP, DNA and RNA. Magnesium compounds are used medicinally as common laxatives and antacids (such as milk of magnesia), to stabilise abnormal nerve excitation or blood vessel spasm in such conditions as eclampsia, helps regulate blood pressure and blood glucose levels, as well as improve heart and bone health.

It is also one of the most common mineral deficiencies found in adults because the body's Magnesium reserves are easily depleted under stress. And what makes it even more sad is that most adults who are deficient in magnesium do not even know it!

Magnesium-Containing Food sources. 

The best place to find magnesium is in your food. Magnesium can be found in some foods, including beans, whole grains, nuts, and spinach. Wheat bran, blackstrap molasses, and tofu are some more foods high in magnesium concentration. The National Institute of Health (NIH) states that pumpkin seeds are the best food source of dietary magnesium. They list edamame, cashews, peanuts, cooked spinach, almonds, chia seeds, shredded wheat cereal, soy milk, and black beans as their top ten food sources for the mineral.

Another way to get magnesium in your diet is through the water you drink. According to research published in the journal of Medical Hypotheses, persons who regularly drink "hard," or alkaline water, which contains high concentrations of magnesium, appear to have significantly lower risks for fatal heart disease than those who regularly drink "soft" water. The study reported that universal drinking water and beverages containing moderate to high levels of magnesium could potentially prevent 4.5 million heart diseases and stroke deaths per year, worldwide.

Many health professionals recommend magnesium supplements especially for people who don't get enough magnesium from food sources. This is because magnesium deficiency can predispose to certain health risks like high blood pressure, heart diseases, and type 2 diabetes. 

Dietary recommendations

The recommended daily values for magnesium in the UK are between 300 mg for men and 270 mg for women. 

In the U.S. the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) are 400 mg for men between the ages of 19 and 30 and 420 mg for older; for women 310 mg for ages 19–30 and 320 mg for older.

It is however important to note that the recommended dosage, to a large extent, depends on the cause of the deficiency.

According to a research published on July 1, 2018 by ‌Open Heart‌, magnesium deficiency has been implicated in multiple cardiovascular diseases. Hence oral and topical magnesium supplements are frequently used to treat conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, congestive heart failure, and irregular heartbeats.


What Are Magnesium Chloride Flakes?

Magnesium chloride flakes is a naturally occurring substance with high concentrations of both magnesium and chloride. Known for their numerous health benefits, they are obtained from seawater and lakes.

Magnesium is found in large deposits of magnesite, dolomite, and other minerals, and in mineral waters, where magnesium ions are soluble. 

To extract the magnesium, calcium hydroxide is added to seawater to form magnesium hydroxide precipitate.

Magnesium hydroxide (brucite) is insoluble in water and can be filtered out and reacted with hydrochloric acid to produce concentrated magnesium chloride. It is also important to note that magnesium chloride has a different strength than pure magnesium because it is a salt. 


How to use Magnesium Chloride Flakes

  • As a detoxifying foot soak
  • Magnesium flakes are known to have several benefits to your body and your mind, including their ability to function as a natural detox. Magnesium flakes are a popular option because they are easily absorbed by the skin, thereby promoting optimum skin health and an excellent detox. 

    Using magnesium chloride flakes as a foot soak for detoxification is one of the most often used applications. You can help your body to eliminate toxins and encourage relaxation by dissolving 2 to 3 handfuls of  these flakes in a clean foot basin of warm water.

    Soaking your feet for least 20 to 30 minutes for optimal benefits. You can choose to add more flakes depending on your quantity of water.

    Soak for at least 15 to 20 minutes for best results. Moisturise after your foot soak as a form of some extra self care, to soften calluses, corns, and cracks. Your feet will thank you. 


  • As supplements for oral magnesium 
  • What’s more relaxing than a good warm bath? Well, that would be a bath with added magnesium flakes!

    Magnesium chloride flakes can provide a natural remedy for relaxation from the stress and tension of our daily life. By incorporating these flakes into your self-care routine, you can unwind, and promote a sense of calmness in your body and mind. 

    Magnesium is a great compliment to a hot bath at night because- 

    • It helps the body relax and regulate melatonin.
    • Reduce inflammation.
    • Eradicate toxins and heavy metals at a cellular level.
    • Relief from tiredness, stress and anxiety.
    • Improve systemic blood circulation.
    • Heal skin conditions like eczema, acne, psoriasis and dermatitis.
    • Relieve joint pain
    • Improve skin hydration and glow.
    • Prevent and fight off infection.
    • Soothe the symptoms of osteoporosis and arthritis.

    To experience the relaxing benefits of magnesium chloride flakes, simply dissolve the entire packet of our Magnesium Bath Salts into your bath. 

    • As the ultimate relaxation therapy

    Given that Magnesium is difficult to absorb orally, boosting magnesium levels through the skin can help to conserve stocks within the body, for overall well being and balance. Transdermal absorption (also called topical absorption) has been proven to be the most successful way to replenish the body's magnesium levels.

    The time-old tradition of salt bathing is one of the simplest and most relaxing ways of boosting your magnesium levels. In addition to detoxification, magnesium chloride flakes offer a good range of holistic health benefits. From reducing muscle tension to improving sleep quality, these flakes can help you achieve overall wellness by replenishing your body's magnesium levels.

    Turn your bathtub into a spa-like retreat following this simple recipe: 

    i.Fill your bathtub with warm water along with 2-4 handfuls of Magnesium flakes and allow them to dissolve. Dissolving them in a warm bath and then bathing in them encourages a faster absorption into your skin, boosting your body's Magnesium levels.

    ii.For added aroma and benefits, a few drops of magnesium oil or other essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus, can enhance the experience.

    If you're one who enjoys a very hot bath, you might want to tone it down when using magnesium flakes, as this can affect the effectiveness of the minerals.


    How to store your magnesium Flakes

    Properly stored magnesium flakes can last a long time, ensuring you always have them handy for a relaxing bath.To get the most of your flakes, store them in a dry airtight bag when not in use. Also ensure they are tucked away from direct sunlight and kept at room temperature. 

    FAQs

    Are Magnesium Flakes safe for consumption?

    It is not advised to consume Magnesium Flakes orally. Studies have shown that excessive consumption of magnesium through oral supplementation can cause laxative effects.

    Can I use Magnesium Flakes when pregnant?

    Absolutely! Magnesium chloride is an essential mineral and plays an important role throughout your pregnancy. Incorporating magnesium flakes in your baths and foot soaks are completely safe and a great way to get the mineral into your body.

    Are Magnesium Flakes oil soluble?

    Yes. However, we strongly suggest you get one of our Magnesium Oil Body Sprays instead, as this will serve you better. As a great way to quickly boost your magnesium levels, these sprays serve a variety of purposes, from easing up muscle tension to improving your general wellness.

    Magnesium flakes Vs Epsom salt: which should I go for?

    Many people prefer the purer magnesium flakes for a stronger magnesium surge, even though they both provide comparable advantages like cleansing and muscle relaxation.

    Magnesium flakes are made entirely of magnesium chloride, thus offering a stronger concentration of this essential mineral. 

    On the other hand, "sal epsom" or Epsom is made up of magnesium and sulphate salts. The true distinction between them is found in their chemical composition, and not merely in their names. 

    Would regular usage result in an overdose? 

    Overdose is more likely as a result of impaired renal function and not necessarily from regular usage. This is because excess magnesium in the blood is promptly filtered by the kidneys. The most common symptoms of overdose are usually of a mild degree in normal healthy people and are characterised by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. 

    Can I use magnesium flakes alongside my chemotherapy treatment?

    The National Library of Medicine advises against using magnesium chloride supplements if you are actively on any of the following medications. These include drugs used in chemotherapy, antifungal treatments, diuretics, and some antibiotics.

    Additionally, there are also a couple of other medical conditions that can trigger short- or long-term magnesium deficiencies, asides cancer of any form. The diseases include kidney disease, celiac disease, pancreatitis, and gastrointestinal diseases

    You should discuss your prescription list with your doctor prior to using any magnesium chloride products.


    Conclusion 

    Whether you're having a much-needed spa day or taking a bath before bed, transdermal magnesium absorption may be the perfect stress therapy for you! 

    Magnesium chloride flakes are a natural and effective way to help you relax, detox, and de-stress from your everyday busy work schedule. So, take the time to unwind and recuperate from all forms of stress with magnesium chloride flakes; your natural remedy for peace and tranquillity. Ready to transform your bath experience? Explore Salt Lab’s range of products today- from our detoxifying foot soak to our magnesium oil & lotions, and immerse yourself in luxury. By incorporating these flakes into your routine, you can experience the wonderful benefits of magnesium and boost your overall well being. 

    And while you're at it, don't forget to sign up to receive our weekly newsletter for more insights and product updates. By embracing the power of magnesium chloride flakes, your journey to a healthier lifestyle begins from here! 

    Remember, relaxation is key to a healthy mind and a stunning glow. 

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