5 Forms of Magnesium for Internal Detoxification

| March 4, 2013

Identified with the number 12 on the periodic chart of the elements, magnesium is an alkaline metal that is among the top 10 most abundant minerals, not only on earth, but in the known universe.

Magnesium is also one of the primary macro-minerals essential to human health It’s used by every cell in the body, and is critical to the creation of strong teeth and bones as well as the functioning of hundreds of enzymes.

Unfortunately, largely due to mineral depletion of our agricultural soils, many people are deficient in magnesium.

Consuming more leafy green vegetables is a great way to increase your consumption of magnesium through the diet. This is because green plants are rich in chlorophyll, and magnesium is central to the chlorophyll molecule.

Choose Chelates for Maximum Absorption

When shopping for magnesium supplements look for those that are chelated, which means the magnesium has been combined with an amino acid, making the mineral  more assimilable by the body. Some examples of chelated magnesium are mg malate, (chelated with malic acid) mg glycinate, (with glycine) and mg aspartate (with aspartic acid).

In addition to being ingested, magnesium can also be absorbed transdermally or through the skin. Dr. Mark Sircus, a huge proponent of therapeutic uses of magnesium, has devoted an entire book to transdermal magnesium absorption. The book is entitled, aptly enough, “Transdermal Magnesium.”

Mg for Internal Cleansing

I’ve done a good bit of experimentation with various forms of magnesium, and have found them to be fantastic tools for cleansing, and in particular for support of two of the body’s primary pathways of elimination: the skin and the colon.

Here are my top 5 choices for forms of magnesium that are useful for helping to detoxify the body:

1. Magnesium citrate – Natural Calm, Natural Tranquility

The way to take this fluffy white powder is to put the desired amount into a mug, pour hot or just boiled water over it, allow it to fizz until the powder dissolves, and drink it down.

The taste is pretty neutral, although I prefer to add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to mine, which I think improves the taste slightly.

Mg citrate is fantastic for helping to bring more moisture into the bowel, which softens stools, helping them to pass more easily.

I originally started using Natural Calm, but recently tried Vitacost’s Natural Tranquility and found it to be just as effective and much less expensive.

2. Magnesium sulfate – Espom salt

Epsom salt is famous for its use in the bath to relax sore muscles and relieve the pain associated with sprains and strains.

It’s also wonderful when used in the bath for drawing toxins out through the skin, and can even be safely taken internally as an occasional laxative.

3. Magnesium chloride – Magnesium “oil”

Mg chloride comes in two forms: as dry crystals, or in a hydrated form which is essentially a very viscous brine with a slightly oily feel to it, called magnesium oil.

Adding either the flakes or the liquid to the bath is a phenomenal way both to get mg into the body transdermally, as well as draw wastes, impurities and toxins out of the body through the skin.

4. Magnesium hydroxide – Milk of magnesia

MOM is another form of mg that’s a classic laxative, and is helpful for occasional use to get the bowels moving.

MOM is also an amazing deodorant! A little dab smeared on underarms will neutralize just about any unpleasant body odor, and it’s also excellent for removing fishy or other unwanted odors from the hands. Just rub some thoroughly into the desired area,wash with soap and water and rinse well.

It can also be used externally to help heal diaper and other skin rashes as well as acne.

Be sure to choose plain, unflavored MOM whose ingredients are simply purified water and mg hydroxide, as the flavored kinds usually contain aspartame and other undesirable, toxic ingredients.

5. Magnesium oxide – Homozon

This white powder is the original formula created by by physician, homoeopath and naturopath Dr. F. M. Eugene Blass, who was one of the first people to promote oxygen therapies for health and healing.

I use Homozon when I’m looking for a very powerful digestive purge. Depending on the dosage, it can essentially liquefy the contents of the bowel, causing multiple copious loose stools.

It’s a great way to empty yourself out if you’re looking for a very thorough cleanse, but just make sure to stay near a bathroom if you do decide to take it!

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Category: Baths | Balneotherapy, Detoxification, Healing | Detox, Human Health, Minerals, Oxygen Therapies, Water

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  1. Rebecca Gliserman says:

    I suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and I cannot live without magnesium. It is a huge help. And thanks for reminding me of epsom salt baths.
    Thanks, Rebecca