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Feb 22, 2021

Today we are talking about Magnesium Phosphate (Mag Phos), which is tissue salt # 7. To learn about the first 6 tissue salts and why tissue salts are an incredible support to our bodies, head back to episode number 8 where we began this fascinating series. 


Every time we talk about magnesium, we tend to focus on it’s relaxation properties. This property is beneficial, especially when it comes to our muscles and the ability to sleep but let’s go a little more in-depth than this today because magnesium is a vital mineral that is required in almost every function of the body. In fact it is used to regulate more than 600 enzymes in the body.


What are enzymes?

When we talk about enzymes we are talking about catalysts that allow our cells to function better and allow life to continue. 

Usually when we speak about enzymes, we think about digestive enzymes which help to break down and metabolise food. However there are many other types of enzymes throughout the body. For example, liver enzymes that help break down toxins and enzymes that help with the production of energy in the mitochondria. 


The magnesium calcium balance

Micro and macro dosages are often a point of confusion for people. Most people take macro dosages which means they take in a great amount and forget that magnesium needs to be in a balance with calcium. Too much magnesium depletes calcium and too much calcium depletes magnesium. The balance between these two is essential. Normally there is a 2:1 ratio with 2 parts of magnesium required for every 1 part of calcium.  


Are you magnesium deficient?

Magnesium is a very common mineral for people to be deficient in. This is for a variety of factors but one of the big reasons is due to the consistent stress most adults experience in daily life. When we are stressed we use a lot of magnesium and thus it is easy to become depleted. 

It is also true that if you are a very busy person in day to day life that this constant action and movement of the body will deplete magnesium. 

Chocolate cravings: Not many people know this, but most chocolate cravings can be due to a deficiency in magnesium! So next time you are craving chocolate, instead of reaching for a block or two of your favourite chocolate, try taking tissue salt #7 to see if it helps to curb your craving.

Blushing: If you easily show patches of red on the cheeks (blushing) this too can be a sign of magnesium deficiency. This is not to be confused with the red and hot face described in a  previous episode for iron deficiency (tissue salt #3). Blushing is red but not hot. 

Quivering and swollen tongue: The tongue is a muscle and if you are magnesium deficient and then poke it out, you will notice a slight quiver or shake. This quiver may or may not be accompanied by some swelling of the tongue. 

Cramping pain: Again we are looking at the need for magnesium for good muscle functioning. Without enough magnesium your muscles will cramp.

Emotional Sensitivity: Magnesium has a strong emotional influence and if you are low in magnesium you will tend to be more sensitive and quite impulsive in your actions. 

Other signs: Dizziness, fatigue, sleep issues, sensory sensitivity, eyelid flickering


Organs and body system affected by magnesium

Involuntary Muscles: For example, the gut, heart and diaphragm. 

Nervous System: Calms the nervous system and thus is helpful for sleep, relaxing, hypersensitivity, attention problems, fatigue and so much more, including brain and memory function.

Enzymes: Magnesium is responsible for assisting in the production of over 600 enzymes in the body. One of which is the production of ATP which assists in energy production in the mitochondria.

Musculoskeletal System: Required for the functioning of the musculoskeletal system. This means it is both essential for muscles to stretch effectively (and without injury) as well as for bone rigidity and strength. Lack of magnesium can lead to temporary muscle paralysis. 

Cardiovascular System: It is often forgotten that the heart is a muscle and without adequate magnesium, it will not function properly and thus oxygen will not be pumped around the body effectively, for distribution to the tissues. In fact, magnesium is seen to be so important for the heart that it is said that if a person suffers a heart attack and is also deficient in magnesium that they will not survive. 

Teeth: Technically teeth are part of the musculoskeletal system, but this is often forgotten and so worth mentioning separately. (Bones and teeth require the same minerals for the composition of their structure)

Endocrine System: Endocrine glands rely on magnesium for functioning and thus all systems and organs of the body are affected. One to take note of is thyroid regulation considering approximately 14% of Australians suffer from thyroid dysfunction. Another is sugar regulation for those suffering from diabetes or who have concerns relating to the pancreas.  


How to take magnesium

Magnesium is one  of the tissue salts that, as discussed in earlier episodes, you can take a fair few of the tissue salts and often. For example, 10 tissue salts dissolved in a cup of warm water and drank over 20 to 30 minutes. You can repeat this as often as required. 

The time of day you take magnesium will depend on what you are using it for:

Exercise: If you are exercising you can put Ferrum Phos (tissue salt #3)  with 10 x Mag Phos in your water bottle and sip it throughout your workout. However you can also use it post workout by putting about 10 tablets in the bathtub if you don't have epsom salts. 

If you roll an ankle (or pull a muscle) you can mix Mag Phos with Ferrum Phos (tissue salt # 3) to aid the healing process. 

Prolonged Stress: For example when on night duty.

Combine 10 tablets of mag phos with 10 tablets of kali phos (tissue salt # 5) and drink throughout the night. 

Delivery/Birth: Tissue salt # 7 (Mag Phos) can be taken (1 tablet every 15 minutes) to aid in the contractions of the uterus, expansion of the cervix and to also aid in pain relief. 

Note: Don’t forget that if you are putting the tablets into water that you will need to stir (or shake) the glass/bottle prior to sipping to ensure the mineral is evenly dispersed. You also want to swish the water around your mouth before swallowing. This helps it to absorb into your bloodstream from the mouth (vs going through your digestive system which is not as efficient). 


What type of magnesium should you take?

There are many different forms of magnesium. For example, phosphate, sulphate, orotate, citrate, aspartate (to name just a few). 

Be aware that magnesium oxide is not a form of magnesium you want to take in large quantities as you will find yourself sitting on the toilet quite a lot (it increases bowel movements). 

Magnesium phosphate is the type of magnesium that the body uses the most and this is why tissue salt #7 is so helpful. 



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