Water Temple Floatation and Holistic Health is all about magnesium which we believe is the master mineral. We understand how to help you get the best quality magnesium into your body either externally or internally. We have sourced a range of products from around Australia and overseas giving you some great options in how you can best get your daily dose.
We love how the float tanks get an immediate hit of Magnesium sulphate also known as Epsom salt. This is the magic mineral that allows you to float effortlessly in our dream pods and gives your skin that silky smooth softness. Our Epsom salt is Pharmaceutical grade and is sourced from Germany.
Magnesium Sulphate is best known for treating muscular aches and pains and is perfect after a workout. You will also notice a big difference in your mental well-being and clarity. Traditionally used in baths and originally from the natural springs in Epsom England, this mineral can be safely ingested and is known to be used medically for preeclampsia so for all expecting mothers, after 12 weeks, float therapy commenced weekly is a great way to improve your health and that of your baby.
Magnesium Chloride also known as magnesium flakes, is taken straight from the ocean (see our blog on Ocean extract) and has a different molecular structure than Epsom salts. Magnesium Chloride is much more easily absorbed into the body than that of Epsom salt but is not as buoyant and you can’t float in it for hours at a time without drying out your skin. Think of the “Dead Sea”, so many people visit it for its world renown health benefits, but you are only allowed to float for the recommended 10 mins. In a spray format, magnesium chloride may feel oily, it is easily absorbed, but note that it is more intense and it is often why people complain that it stings or is itchy, this is easily remedied by diluting it with water or rubbing a moisturiser over the area. Water Temple has created its own moisturiser with a beautiful combination of organic essential oils, shell essences and ocean water extract.
Water Temple has magnesium chloride is all its forms such as flakes, oil spray, rub, roll on, gel and a liquid you can ingested in minimal amounts. Our skin is our largest organ and magnesium can be absorbed through the skin, so while you are relaxing in our float tanks or in a bath at home where you can combine the 2 types of magnesium, your skin will be soaking up the benefits and help with building brain tissue, support your joints and the detoxification of your digestive system.
Magnesium plays a key role in a wide range of processes in our bodies with over 300 enzymatic functions are associated to magnesium from supporting muscle health, heart health and our nervous system. If you suffer from unexplained fatigue or weakness, abnormal heart rhythms or even muscle spasms and eye twitches, low levels of magnesium could be to blame. Magnesium plays a vital role in helping the body detoxifying heavy metals and other toxin, improving the digestive system, which is another reason why people feel so much lighter after a float session. And remember it is a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin one of our happy hormones.
Most magnesium is stored in your bones about 60% and 25% in your muscles and organs, and only about 1% in the blood serum thus making it hard to get accurate readings from a blood test, therefore it can be possible to be deficient and not know it.
Certain foods can influence your body’s ability to absorb magnesium, drinking alcohol in excess, if you are deficient in Vitamin D due in part to gastrointestinal disorders and your ability to absorb magnesium is reduced. If you eat a lot of sugar, including sugary drinks, this can cause your body to excrete magnesium through your kidneys, resulting in a net loss, and excessive intake of caffeine can also reduce the amount of magnesium your body needs.
When taken internally, (which is how most of the research is done) magnesium is mainly absorbed through the Small Intestine and this of course will depend on how much is ingested and how well it is absorbed into the lining of the gut. And in fact, the amount absorbed is dependent on what your magnesium status is, so if you have enough the rest will be eliminated.
Are you confused about all the various forms of Magnesium on the shelf and which one is best for you? Water Temple Floatation and Holistic Health mainly stock the BioCeutical range, but here is a summary of the various types in the supplement you can buy. It’s important to note, high doses of magnesium can cause diarrhea and it is always best to consult with a qualified practitioner prior to commencing any supplementation.
Here is a great list of the various forms of Magnesium and their many benefits:
Magnesium Citrate an acid found naturally in citrus fruits giving them a tart, sour flavour. This works by increasing the water in the colon and may have a mild laxative effect and works best when taken on an empty stomach in a full glass of water.
Magnesium Malate includes malic acid, found in many fruits including apricots, grapes, and pears; giving them a tart taste, it is readily soluble in the body and well absorbed.
Magnesium Ascorbate is non- acidic form of vitamin C and magnesium. It is a neutral salt that has a higher gastrointestinal tolerance than some of the other forms. And is a source of both magnesium and vitamin C.
Magnesium Oxide is a salt that combines magnesium and oxygen. It has the highest elemental Magnesium (60%), but it has a low solubility and is therefore poorly bioavailable. You will find that magnesium oxide is very common in poor quality supplements simply because it is cheap.
Magnesium Chloride, is a magnesium salt that includes chlorine, and is well absorbed in your digestive tract. Magnesium chloride has the chloride part of its compound to produce hydrochloric acid in the stomach and enhance its absorption. This is particularly suitable for anybody with low stomach acid (production of stomach HCl is known to decline with age).
Magnesium Sulphate is also known as Epsom salts. It contains magnesium, sulphur, and oxygen. This is the main preparation of intravenous magnesium used for preeclampsia and in the treatment of constipation.
Magnesium Phosphate is basically insoluble in water. Magnesium is bound to phosphate in teeth and bone.
Magnesium Carbonate is almost insoluble, but in the presence of HCL or stomach acid it is converted to magnesium chloride.
Magnesium Hydroxide has a relatively high percentage of elemental magnesium but has a low solubility in water. Also known as milk of magnesia, which is used as an antacid and or laxative.
Here is a list of our favourite foods containing the master mineral and is a great guide indicating how much is recommended each day to ensure your intake is at its best.
If you have any questions around how we can help, please reach out to one of our Temple Guardians or feel free to discuss any questions with Dr Mychelle who would love to assist you.
Disclaimer: information is presented for educational purposes only and not to be used to diagnose or treat medical illnesses. Seek general practitioner advice before use