Topical Magnesium for Pain – Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a neurologic health condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness (sensitivity to touch) that tends to come and go, moving about the body with little to no rhyme or reason. Most people with this chronic illness feel constantly fatigued and tend to have trouble getting a good night’s rest.

Fibromyalgia is most commonly reported in women, though it can occasionally occur in men. The common treatments for fibromyalgia are actually not quite treatments at all, but rather ways to mask the symptoms. Prescription medications and over-the-counter pain medications are often prescribed to those suffering from fibromyalgia; most of which come with varying side effects, ranging from minor digestive discomfort to more serious side effects like addiction and heart disease.

Some of the temporary prescription-based solutions (1) that are currently available on the market include:

  • Analgesics that relieve pain and body aches such as: Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen and Tramadol
  • Antidepressants that are used to treat anxiety or depression associated with the Fibromyalgia such as: Duloxetine and Milnacipran;
  • Anti-seizure drugs that help to reduce intensity of symptoms such as: Gabapentin and Pregabalin.

There is strong evidence and proof that there are better ways to manage and even prevent symptoms of this disruptive condition that are more natural and conducive to improved health and healthy aging.

In fact, studies done in recent years have shown low levels of cellular magnesium in people with fibromyalgia and have uncovered a clear link between low magnesium levels and fibromyalgia symptoms. (2)

This tells us that magnesium deficiency, which is now common in the vast majority of North Americans, can trigger symptoms of and in some cases can cause fibromyalgia.

Raising cellular levels of magnesium may not be as simple as just taking an over the counter magnesium supplement. There are many different types of magnesium to choose from, and not all of them are bioavailable. Furthermore, recent studies show that oral doses aren’t fully absorbed, meaning our bodies are missing out on  quantities of magnesium that it needs.

Magnesium taken orally is also known to cause digestive upset in some people, which would result in the magnesium transiting straight through our bodies without being able to be absorbed.


“24 subjects took part in a study in which they were asked to apply topical magnesium over any affected areas… for a total of 4 weeks… all 24 participants reported significant improvement to their symptoms at the end of the study.”


Topical magnesium is a newer contender in the pain relief market compared to some of its competitors, one that isn’t as well known, but it continues to show great promise in providing quick, efficient, and effective long-lasting results.

In one particular study, 24 subjects took part in a study in which they were asked to apply topical magnesium over any affected areas (upper and lower limbs) for a total of 4 weeks. Upon completion, the subjects completed questionnaires and all 24 reported significant improvement to their symptoms at the end of the study. (2)

The role magnesium plays in pain prevention is pivotal. Whether we experience an absence of pain or extreme pain all depends heavily on our body’s magnesium levels. Magnesium relays signals between your body and your brain, blocking our NMDA receptors from receiving weak signals which can trigger a response from our nerves, thus activating them unnecessarily which in turn causes us to feel pain.

In adults with healthy magnesium levels, our bodies are able to prevent these pain responses, in turn preventing pain felt – especially in the case of those suffering from fibromyalgia. Given the determining role that NMDA receptors play in how we experience pain, magnesium has been studied in connection with an array of pain conditions.

Treating conditions with magnesium not only reportedly helped to alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia, but also eased headaches and migraine attacks.

While it is clear that magnesium plays an important role in pain management, experts continue to work around the clock to more clearly comprehend just how it functions within the body while uncovering other  and further clinical studies are
needed to understand its role in pain management. (3)

Using topical magnesium for health concerns that affect specific areas of the body helps to provide faster, more efficient relief when applied locally directly to affected areas rather than ingesting something that travels through the
digestive tract and needs then, the be absorbed into the bloodstream.

How do we know that it’s truly being absorbed through our skin? A study that looked at both the blood level as well as the cellular magnesium content looked at participants before and after a 12 week period to of using topical magnesium chloride, which is what we offer in all of our products at Nourished Magnesium.

After a 12-week period of regular use, the study showed an average rise in cellular
magnesium levels; from 59.5% to 89% of the test subjects – a 30% raise in just 12 weeks. (4)

Using our magnesium creams and sprays for pain is as simple as applying to areas of concern, massaging until absorbed and waiting approx. 2-10 minutes for noticeable relief. Consistent application provides optimal results. For those suffering with intense, chronic pain – we recommend our Magnesium Cream with Arnica (Arnica is a perennial herb that has been used for years as a natural pain reliever).

Nourished Magnesium topical magnesium products are made right here in Canada using ethically sourced magnesium. Our line of magnesium-powered products is crafted with 100% natural, non-toxic ingredients and are sold in sustainable packaging. Our products offer relief without the common side effects of conventional pain medications.

References:
(1) mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354785
(2) pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26343101/
(3) pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32718032/
(4) Watkins K, Josling PD. A pilot study to determine the impact of transdermal magnesium treatment on serum levels and whole body CaMg ratios. European Journal of Nutraceutical Research April 2010

If you have questions about how magnesium can be introduced into your daily routine, feel free to email me: [email protected].

In health and happiness,
Amanda Rhyno,
CEO & Founder, Nourished Magnesium

Back-To-School During A Pandemic & How Introducing Topical Magnesium To Your Family’s Routine Can Help

We’re fast approaching the end of the first month of back-to-school. Some students are getting comfortable with the idea of being back to the classroom, while other families have decided focus on at-home learning.

With the unpredictability of COVID-19 and the possibility for a second wave, none of us really know what’s in store for the rest of the year.

This blog was inspired by those, like myself, who have been feeling the immense pressure to make the important decisions during this time. It’s dedicated to the parents, grandparents, singles and young professionals out there who are feeling the pressure that comes along with caring for and emotionally supporting both themselves and the little ones in their lives.

One thing we are sure of is that this back-to-school season has been unlike any pre-COVID-19 back-to-school season before it. While many were eager to send students back to the classroom, others felt (and continue to feel) torn on the issue; prompting a general sense and feeling of anxiety and hesitation that our children likely feel and experience as a result.

This year, 56% of parents wanted a traditional, in-school setting for their children, while 37% preferred a 50/50 mix of at-school/at-home online learning. (1)

Both options present their own set of deeper challenges that come packaged with risks that most parents haven’t previously been forced to face in their child’s early learning years.

“Whichever adventure or path you have been guided to choose, that feels right for your family, a few things remain clear. We are all making transitions. We are facing unexpected challenges. We are understanding the importance of adaptability.”

Does anyone else feel like we’re living in a ‘choose your own adventure’ story world? We can’t possibly know the outcome or repercussions as we are made to choose between: (a) sending our children back to public school, with real live teachers that can offer them guidance, an in-person connection and a sense of community. And (b) harnessing the ever-evolving selection of online offerings to keep our children engaged; to provide creative learning experiences from the comfort of our own homes.

Luckily, in small communities like the one we live in (here in the heart of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia), there are smaller private schools, homeschooling groups, and near-by forest school options that offer unique curriculums; programs that aim to keep school life from feeling less COVID-affected in the eyes of the students.

Whichever adventure or path you have been guided to choose, that feels right for your family, a few things remain clear. We are all making transitions. We are facing unexpected challenges. We are understanding the importance of adaptability.

Our children absorb and learn from the behaviours they see at home, in the halls of their schools, and on the streets of their communities. They take in and listen intently to conversations on the TV/news, when chatting with their peers and in their own living/learning spaces. They may not directly show us how it’s affecting them, in fact – they may not even know that they’re being affected.

As parents, we must remind ourselves and one another (in a loving way, of course) that our actions impact our children. These actions could very well be the reason for the shifts in behaviour and the uncertainty that they’re feeling inside. Heck, these actions can affect us and the other adults around us, as well.

“Connection is a necessity of life and whether our children are back to the classroom, being homeschooled or confined at home (if it comes to that again) – it’s crucial that we continue to facilitate connections.”

I’m far from having this all figured out, though. It’s tough to give perfect advice when I’m still working through everything myself. As a single parent to a 6-year old, the learning curve has been steep. What I believe will work this week, may not be the case next week.

Something I think we can all agree on, though, is that we’re all doing our very best to offer our children a sense of stability and connection. As parents, even with the best intentions, we need to remind ourselves of some of the most simple actions that we can take on the daily. Here are a few daily practices which I have deemed to be the most important in this current time and space:

1. Have a schedule. Extra-curricular activities, weekly breakfast dates, play groups or hikes in nature. I recently registered my daughter for gymnastics, and I must admit that it felt strange to commit to something that brings parents together in a small viewing room; and the children together in a space where they take turns touching the same surfaces repeatedly, one after another.

On the other hand, Monday night gymnastics provides her with a sense of direction for the week, and a feeling of responsibility and empowerment. She gets the opportunity to uncover her strengths and develops an appreciation for commitment. I don’t know if we’ll get through the 10-week term, but the intention is there… and that’s something!

2. Talk less and listen more. I’m asking my daughter open-ended questions about her day; allowing her responses to amble into other topics that interest her. I’m giving her room to lead conversations and to ask heaps of questions. Be ok with telling your child when you’re not sure of the answer. When you’re honest and open, it helps your child to feel safe to come to terms with how they’re feeling inside while dealing with everything happening during this time.

3. Resist the temptation to react in an inflammatory way. Children respond to change in a variety of ways, and chances are when they feel uncomfortable or stressed – strong, unfiltered displays of emotion will most likely be common.

We have deeply emotional people in our family (I’m raising my hand… timidly) and while it’s important to show our emotions, it’s important to discourage hurtful or aggressive reactions. It’s always my goal to encourage my daughter and my family members to be respectful and to react in the most productive, expressive way possible.

4. Continue to create connections and nurture relationships. Scientists found that social connections help relieve harmful levels of stress, which can adversely affect gut function, insulin regulation, and the immune system. Research also suggests that caring behaviours trigger the release of stress-reducing hormones. (2)

Whether it’s a friendship, family relationship or if it’s you that they choose to spend most of their time with, do what you can to allow that relationship between you and your child to blossom and grow. Connection is a necessity of life and whether our children are back to the classroom, being homeschooled or confined at home (if it comes to that again) – it’s crucial that we continue to facilitate connections. Skype dates, letter-writing with friends and even playtime at a distance.

For example, my daughter plays regularly with the child that lives next door to us; and they have been creative in finding ways to spend time together. They found trees that they could climb up, side by side. They also played separately in sun-tents that were facing each other.

So, now… onto the topic of topical magnesium. How can this magical mineral be of assistance in supporting both you and your child during this time?

Well, first off, it helps with sleep. As we know, sleep is extremely important in the process of helping your brain to power down; all while improving bodily functions. It also gives your immune system the chance to do the important work it needs to do, fighting off dangerous infections and diseases in the process.

This fact is an important one given need for a strong immune system. Reflexology, via nightly foot massages, can be a terrific way to induce a restful state for anyone. (3)

In the case of children, you may notice that many enter an almost hypnotic state while having their feet rubbed. Loving touch is something that, as a society, we are experiencing less of but we should be finding the time to be close with our children.

A foot rub, coupled with the addition of our topical magnesium cream will allow your child’s stress level to lower. The magnesium also allows the body’s muscles and heart rate to relax; promoting a restful night’s sleep.

This is something you should also offer to yourself. In the case of adults, though, we suggest application of the magnesium cream to the lower abdomen as it is ideal for superior absorption. An adult’s skin isn’t as delicate as a child’s (which is why we recommend application to the feet for them), but adults are able to tolerate application to most areas of the body. Magnesium is also known for its capacity to lower stress levels, which means you can consider application to your child’s feet in the morning as well, depending on the child’s needs.

If you have questions about how magnesium can be introduced to your family’s daily routine, leave them in the comments below or email me at [email protected].

Stay safe out there, friends. You’ve got this!

In health and happiness,
Amanda Rhyno,
CEO & Founder, Nourished Magnesium

Magnesium for Muscle Pain & Relaxation

Muscle pain is something we all experience from time to time, and it can range from mild to excruciating. While it stands as one of the most common discomforts, muscle pain is not something that should be ignored. It can result in a consistent loss of sleep, an inability to do one’s job and can even lead to more debilitating conditions such as anxiety and depression. Some muscle aches and pains will go away on their own within a short time, but some muscle pain can linger for months.

Muscle pain can develop pretty much anywhere in the body, including our neck, back, legs and even our hands. There are preventative measures that can play a part in keeping muscle pain at bay, such as: regular stretching and exercise, acknowledgement of our physical limits, and living a generally healthy lifestyle. However, that being said, a lack of sufficient magnesium in the body (known as magnesium deficiency) may be causing muscle tension, tightness, and even spasms.

When there isn’t enough magnesium in our cells, calcium can take over – causing painful and spontaneous twitching, cramping & tightening.”

Everything from muscle knots and cramping to painful contractions and spasms can be a sign that your cells do not have enough magnesium. Calcium and magnesium are in constant competition within our bodies, as they bind with the same proteins that are present within our muscles. When we have any significant build-up of calcium, it can cause our muscles to start over-contracting – which then leads to painful or uncomfortable spasms and twitches.

Simply put – when we have a lack of magnesium in our cells, the calcium starts to take control. That’s when we start to get fits of painful, spontaneous twitching; along with possible cramping and tightening. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, applying topical magnesium could be the fastest, most efficient solution.

“Customers who have discovered our products continue to report fast, long-lasting results that have earned the trust of topical magnesium to have a permanent place in their lives.”

While magnesium is available in a number of different forms, some may not provide the results you’re searching for – and others can even cause digestive discomfort (ie. nausea, stomach upset, loose bowels, etc.)

This is why we are so passionate about the power and potential of our topical magnesium line! We offer cream and spray options, both are easy to apply directly to areas of discomfort or general areas of the body (lower abdomen or feet) for optimal absorption. Topical magnesium is a welcome, convenient addition to your gym bag (for post-workout pain relief), briefcase (to deal with screen time-induced neck tension) or handbag (to tackle troublesome pain throughout the day). It can also be an absolute lifesaver when kept on your bedside table, as muscle and joint pain for most seems to be amplified at night.

Customers who have discovered our products continue to report fast, long-lasting results that have earned the trust of topical magnesium to have a permanent place in their lives.

Pro-tip: The addition of arnica to our standard Relive & Relax Magnesium Cream formula creates an extra strength offering for those who experience moderate to severe muscle and joint pain. Both versions of the cream contain the same amount of magnesium; the arnica is an added benefit for folks dealing with chronic or intense pain and inflammation.

Do you have any questions about how topical magnesium products can help you to find the relief you’ve been searching for? Reach out any time  – we’re always happy to help!

In health and happiness,
Team Nourished

An Open Letter: Restructuring & Finding Focus

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To our fans and friends; to everyone who has continued to support and believe in Nourished…

Nourished Magnesium is my 5 year-old passion project. It was born shortly after my now 6 year-old daughter was born. The fire to bring it to fruition sparked quite early on in my pregnancy when I became increasingly aware of how certain products that I used to soothe pain and discomfort had potential risks for my health and body.

I dealt with discomfort from the pregnancy and my family had their own laundry lists of aches and pains, as well. When I stumbled upon the idea to create a line of topical magnesium products, it honestly seemed too good to be true. Magnesium had the potential to benefit folks experiencing everything from muscle pain and inflammation, to restless legs and growing pains – and that’s just naming a few.

In most cases, topical magnesium provides results almost instantly. As powerful as these products are, though – it has been challenging to turn this into a business venture. My unconditional love and trust in these products is what makes it possible for me to push forward through constant challenges; challenges that have definitely forced me to reevaluate and reconsider the best direction to take on a number of occasions.

It’s a progressive product, one that hasn’t gotten much recognition or coverage in mainstream media. Topical magnesium is still finding its place in the market, so I work really hard to focus on product awareness and education to get folks to trust in its abilities.

Heidi Jirotka

“As a company, we have encountered a substantial roadblock on a path to success that we worked so hard to carefully map out.”

Fast forward to present day. Life has changed for most of us, in a number of unique and unexpected ways. We shop more carefully, our ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ have evolved, and the way we choose to direct our energy/spend our spare time is completely different. It’s no surprise that, as a company, we have encountered a substantial roadblock on a path to success that we worked so hard to carefully map out. The past few months have posed the most significant challenge yet for us. We somewhat lost our footing and that path seemed to vanish from right underneath our feet.

You see, we grew this company at trade shows, markets and fairs. We met customers face-to-face and established trusting relationships. Those customers then became the key to growth; helping us by organically spreading the word, sharing unbiased thoughts and impressions of our products, and providing feedback that helped to fuel our motivation to push forward.

With change in the air, we haven’t been able to connect with customers in the same way as a result of physical distancing. We also don’t have a traditional storefront. We’ve had to devise a new plan to move forward with.

We feel so strongly that our products have a purpose in this world and that they speak for themselves – proving their potential within minutes of the first application. Magnesium is known as a powerful pain reliever, and has been for years; countless studies have been done all around the world. We are exploring new paths, and new ways to better connect with you – our valued customers – and with those who continue to suffer in silence; those customers who have yet to discover the bountiful benefits of topical magnesium.

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“Despite any lingering fear or confusion, I still feel a sense of absolute trust and love for our products and our mission.”

In a world currently controlled by COVID, Nourished now runs almost completely online, with support from local retailers and health practitioners who help to spread the word about our line. We are exploring new, innovative ways to celebrate this shift to mostly online sales and we look forward to continue engaging and connecting virtually with you.

Since the very beginning, I have felt completely guided by and 100% trusted in the potential of Nourished. I started this company when we had very little income, and I was also navigating a separation – all while raising a toddler.

I never felt fear. My trust in the benefits of our products was strong enough to prevent that. However, restructuring and rebuilding the business in a whole new way while having a child at home has allowed for a bit of fear to creep in. These are times when very little feels normal or routine for any of us. We feel things on a deeper level and we’re more aware of the fragility of everything we have always relied on and trusted in.

The most daunting part of it all? The fear of wondering how we can continue to create connections online that feel as genuine as the ones we spent so much time focus on realizing in-person. Our team is hard at work creating honest content that we hope you all will love. Blogs just like this, along with social media content that celebrates your success stories and highlights the beautiful benefits that our products can provide.

Despite any lingering fear or confusion, I still feel a sense of absolute trust and love for our products and our mission. It has always been the same since the very beginning. You, our incredible customers, have lovingly carried our company to where it is today – and we can’t thank you enough for that. The astonishing feedback, along with stories of relief and the ability to engage in life’s activities again; well, they have always reminded us of the purpose and need for these products. You continue to inspire us to continue forward with our company’s new path.

With so much gratitude and love for those that have been any part in our growth and success,

Amanda Rhyno
Founder/CEO of Nourished Magnesium

Why should you reach for topical magnesium in times of uncertainty and stress?

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How can magnesium support us while we work tirelessly to find our footing in 2020?

Stress and burnout are inevitable if we push ahead into an uncertain future without finding the time to take care of ourselves along the way.

Let’s talk a bit more about that…

It’s safe to say that many of us are probably feeling heightened levels of tension, stress, and anxiety as a result of the unexpected shifts in society. 2020 has presented a relentless barrage of forced change and evolution, and on top of that, we’re in the middle the most important civil rights movement of our time. The start of a new decade has presented us important opportunities to take action for social change and ended up giving us the shock we needed to see so much of what was amiss with the world around us.

Let’s be real, though. Before all of this, stress had already been a regular part of our everyday lives. We had been dealing with unhealthy expectations and societal pressures that made us feel like the only way forward was to focus on propelling ourselves and our careers forward; to always focusing on want we needed to achieve and how we were going to end up there.

Fast forward to June 2020, and we’re all starting to feel a strong sense of burnout. Not that we can afford to lose momentum, as there’s a fight for human rights underway, but we’re losing sleep. We’re finding it difficult to nestle into a routine. We may not be eating as healthily as we could be.

The last thing you’re probably thinking to do is to maintain your magnesium levels… right? Well, if there’s one thing you could be doing to take better care of yourself, it would be to make magnesium a part of your everyday routine.

We have all been programmed to accept stress as a normal fact of life. As something we all deal with; something that comes and goes when things simply get ‘busy’. That stress lingers, though, and it can have a profoundly negative impact on both our physical and mental wellbeing.

Stress begets magnesium deficiency; magnesium deficiency begets stress

Research shows time and time again that stress is one of the leading contributors to a number of mental and physical illnesses(1). Stress is also one of the leading contributors to magnesium deficiency, which can lead to pain, discomfort and diseases that plague the human body. When you are magnesium deficient, you are more susceptible to anything from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) to something as debilitating as chronic depression(2).

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How can Magnesium help?

When we’re stressed, certain parts of our bodies tend to hold tension and become inflamed. This contributes to sensations of pain, stiffness, and overall escalation of stress. The NCBI studied the effects of magnesium supplementation on subjective anxiety and stress(3), noting that existing evidence (while limited) shows a clear connection in its ability to calm anxiety, anger, frustration and tension. It does this by assisting the entire body in achieving a relaxed state, including: the nervous system, muscle tension, cramping, spasms and even various types of inflammation. Imagine maintaining that stressed state while your entire body feels relaxed… it seems almost impossible, right? This is the power that Magnesium has over stress.

The magical mineral is trusted and recommended by conventional medical and natural practitioner communities alike. Not only for its ability to relax us in times of stress, but also for its ability to give us back the power to seek a much deeper sleep. For most of us, a lack of good quality rest is often the root cause for stress. That being said, by committing to giving ourselves the gift of sleep, we are then able to recognize and overcome many of the emotional/physical health challenges we face.

How does this all link back to Magnesium? Well, less sleep can cause stress, and that stress can cause a continued lack of sleep. Both of these issues work to quickly drain your Magnesium levels, preventing you from maintaining a sense of calm or ever reaching that relaxed state – meaning you likely won’t ever be well-rested or relaxed enough to slip into a restorative state of sleep.

We advocate for all types of Magnesium, both oral and topical. However, the truth is that when we take Magnesium orally, we lose much of it in the digestion process. Nutrients battle within our digestive tract for absorption and Magnesium is excreted via our urine. Therefore, we’re never able to fully absorb the entire amount of dosage we take orally. On the other hand, topical Magnesium is a wonderful compliment to oral Magnesium as there is no need for it to navigate the digestion process. Our customers report fast, effective, and noticeable results due to the superior absorption method. Furthermore, topical magnesium continues to be a favoured product amongst our customers for pain relief when applied directly over areas of discomfort.

So, you might be asking – how should I use Nourished Magnesium for stress management? It’s so easy – just apply the cream or body spray to the lower abdomen 1 to 3 times daily or apply locally to any areas of discomfort. Massage to absorb and you’re good to go!

References:
(1) STRESS AND HEALTH: Psychological, Behavioral, and Biological Determinants.
(2) Role of magnesium supplementation in the treatment of depression: A randomized clinical trial PDF.
(3) The Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on Subjective Anxiety and Stress-A Systematic Review.

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