Prepping for back to school with magnesium

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You’ve seen it slowly start to trickle into the stores for the past few weeks…
The backpacks, the folders, the un-sharpened, number two pencils. You can practically smell the untouched, brightly colored wax crayons wrapped in paper just BEGGING to be used on some construction paper. You can see the waves of homework coming in and proud evidence of finished projects that will soon adorn your refrigerator. Back to School season is upon us!
Some of you may have prepared for this day a long time ago, and some of you may feel the calm before the great storm of panic, stress, and your child’s most wanted/needed items selling out right before your eyes! Maybe there’s a great sense of relief, thinking, FINALLY! A house that will stay clean longer than an hour! Some of you may be in denial that the summer has already flown by, you’re not ready for your littles to head back to school all day. One thing that all mamas have in common is the love that they have for their babies! You want them to feel prepared, ready for a brand new year. Ready to make new friends, handle new schedules and regimens, and expand their genius little minds.
The clothes, the new shoes, all the supplies, the lunchboxes, backpacks, and even more supplies that you’ll inevitably pick up after the syllabus comes home is a great deal to tackle and help them feel at ease the night before school starts.. But what if I told you there was something else to help them prepare and perform at their best that you could be doing long before the school bells ring?

Did you know that magnesium is a VITAL nutrient to our bodies but deficient in our modern day diets? It’s true! Have you ever heard someone utter a phrase like, ‘that just didn’t happen back then’, or ‘back in the olden days, we didn’t have problems like that’. Well unfortunately, that’s also pretty true. Long ago, our ancestors didn’t have to worry about magnesium deficiency. They maintained good levels of magnesium just by what they ate! Meats, mineral water, seafood, fruits and vegetables all proved to be great sources of magnesium. Even taking a dip in the ocean once upon a time boosted your RDA (recommended daily allowance).

In this day and age the magnesium rich soil and waters are just not there anymore. Which in turn, means that the magnesium levels aren’t even traceable in the fruits and vegetables that are grown. If they are, they’re usually extracted by various forms of treatment.

Right now I want to talk to you about how your child could be affected by magnesium deficiency. Signs are very similar if not the same in adults with low levels of magnesium but some may be trickier to spot in young ones depending on their age, ability to communicate, or what stage of development they may be in.

Here are some things to look for:

Difficulty sleeping
Constipation
Muscle spasms and/or twitches
Irritability (this one can be the hardest to decipher if dealing with a teen, haha).

 

Magnesium not only helps your child with the ailments above but it can also help prevent and aide in coping with disorders such as ADD, ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Long-term deficiency in magnesium is linked to high blood pressure, Parkinson’s Disease, Restless Leg Syndrome, kidney stones, and diabetes.

Magnesium so SO important, that magnesium deficiency is responsible for more disease than lack of any other nutrient. It’s the most critical mineral required for electric stability in every single cell in our bodies. Wow!! Because magnesium affects our cells, including the cells in our brain, which are very, VERY MANY, and that’s where the MOST electrical activity takes place, it makes perfect sense that a brain that has healthy levels of magnesium can perform much better than one with low levels.
Here’s just a handful of ways that magnesium affects the brain:
Strengthens the pre-frontal cortex, aka short term memory
Boost’s the brain’s recall function, ensuring it the ability to pull up memories/knowledge
Strengthens the hippocampus! The hippowhatis?? That’s the part of our brain where long term memory and where objects and locations are stored. (Fun fact: Every time you’re on your way home and you don’t even have to think where you’re going.. You can thank your hippocampus for that).
Strengthens the synoptic nerves. The stronger your synapse is, the less impulsive you are. Less impulsivity leads to better made choices. It also aids in jogging memories fast and correctly.
Nourishes your entire nervous system

Let me kick you a hypothetical scenario.
Max starts school, his diet is fair. Buckling down, back into stricter schedules proves to be a bit of a challenge for him. He is very bright but sometimes has trouble concentrating. Max feels overwhelmed. Fellow students and possibly even teachers tease him for mentally wandering off all the time. Max again feels another wave of frustration, driving his cortisol up and losing any remnants of magnesium he had to begin with. He starts down the path of self doubt and negative self talk. Thoughts like ‘I’m stupid’, ‘I’m a bad student’, ‘I’m going nowhere’ begin an even further downward spiral and the snowball effect begins and now he’s an adult with scarily low self esteem and a detrimental mental block that he can’t do anything worthwhile. Like Kristen Bowen says, ‘If you play a pattern anywhere, you play a pattern everywhere’. Many of the patterns we play and may be unaware of we actually pick up in our childhood and early adult years.

This scenario is obviously is fake and very dramatized. Also, this article in NO WAY is saying that magnesium is the sole determining factor in your child succeeding in school. This could be a typical day for any student no matter what level of learning they are at and even if your child is soaking in magnesium, these days can happen. This article is meant to inform and perhaps inspire parents who might see signs of deficiency to get their children soaking NOW. Plus, there’s a bonus! People who soak during the summer months where there is plenty of vitamin D to be stored actually retain healthy levels into the winter months when they’re extra crucial to the body.

Why not try it? See if you notice positive changes in your child! If they are babies, the magnesium lotion is such a calming and mild form. It helps baby’s digestion, sleep cycles, and is great to aid with acid reflux. If they are 2 years or older, pour ⅛ c. of the soak into the bathtub while they’re playing. You can even try to have them soak their feet while watching their favorite T.V. show for 30-40 minutes in a glass or stainless steel bowl. Once they are over 4 feet they are able to soak in ¼ c. Deeper sleep, heightened memory recall, corrective thinking, memory/knowledge retention, the list could really go on and on!! Also, if you are interested in trying any of our magnesium products they’re all going on sale in August! We will be featuring a different magnesium product every week during August and since there’s a fifth week we will be featuring our best selling Magnesium Soak twice this month! Back to school means back to magnesium! Let’s get soaking!

Bonus!! Our magnesium products are on SALE the ENTIRE month of August!! Right now, our Magnesium soak is on the all-time lowest sale price!!

 

Here at LTGLN, we import magnesium from the Zechstein Sea, near The Netherlands. It’s never diluted and it goes through a very clean salt mining process to get the best source, free of impurities. It’s used in all of our magnesium products! You can read more about the mining process as well as more benefits of soaking in magnesium in our other post found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting adrenals for higher level of recovery

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THE LEVEL OF RECOVERY IS IN THE STRENGTH OF YOUR ADRENALS

Angie here following up to another blog post The Benefits of Magnesium While Pregnant and the role it plays in the process. Read it, you love it! Birth is fascinating to me, not in a weird I want to watch live youtube surgeries but in a “whoa, like, look what you just did!” kinda way. I choose to look at birth in awe then in ouch. I’m amazed and intrigued in the process and what a powerful opportunity it is for a woman to realize just how feminine yet strong she is. It is beautiful that the female body was designed to do such a thing and come back from it. Pregnancy and birth is so physically and mentally demanding but obviously so rewarding, hello little human! All these wonderful moments are followed up with the recovery.

healthy adrenals better recoveryLets talk recovery, if you haven’t experienced postnatal recovery on a personal level you defiantly have seen it in all its many ranges. On one end you’ve got the bouncing-back-from-birth-like-a-rubber-band mama who you’ve just run into at the grocery store, days, DAYS after the little peanut was born! This is the type of encounter that I walk away wide eyed looking to take refuge in the freezer aisle so that I can pull Facebook up on my phone just to double check the dates she posted those hospital pictures! My heart goes out to the opposite end of the recovery spectrum with the mama who is trying her hardest not to nod off and fall asleep in her hospital bed while chatting with her relatives that came from out of town to visit her and the new baby. Heres a shout out to all the inbetweeners, we know you’re out there! Now give me the secret to that rubber band mom! If we are look at the range of births that generally are the same without any complications, how can one mama drive herself home from the hospital while the other has to be wheeled out a week later? Adrenals, the level of your recovery in any situation is held within the strength of your adrenals. 

SIGNS OF ADRENAL FATIGUE

  • waking up tired 
  • brain fog
  • hormone imbalance
  • low energy
  • craving salt

You have two of these little adrenal glands, they sit on top of your kidneys and secrete essential hormones, control blood sugar, regulate blood pressure and burn protein and fat. The main purpose of your adrenals is to help you manage stress. They help determine and appropriately balance your body’s responses to all types of stress internally, externally and environmentally. How? Using cortisol. Cortisol, an adrenal hormone regulates those responses to stress. Prolonged levels of high or low cortisol affects sleep, brain, hormones balance and energy. The toll stress takes on our body is a destructive one, it etches into our foundation and keeps us from rest and renew where healing happens. Adrenals need to have a strong foundation. When adrenals are stressed we walk away from our big dreams getting caught up surviving and not connecting and creating! So if our adrenals aren’t sitting pretty then neither are their functions to help us recover. Now, how do we support these lil glands who might be fatigued? 

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  • HEALTHY FAT    Healthy cell walls are created from fat. When a new cell wall is created and doesn’t have new fat to build from it uses older adrenal cells. Coconut oil, omega 3s, fish oils, high fat foods.
  • SALT   Minerals, minerals, minerals! Switching out your bleck table salt with a high mineralized salt will give you minerals you are missing.
  • ACEROLA CHERRY POWDER    Acerola Cherry Powder is a building block to help build collagen. We source ours because of the way its grown, processed and the copper ions found in it.
  • GELATIN      Adrenals sit in gelatin and collagen comes from gelatin. Think of how skin looks as you age, this shows your collagen level. Taut vs Saggy
  • MAGNESIUM    Magnesium gives your adrenals voltage and keeps them relaxed, when those little glands are tight they cant do what they need.

The benefits of magnesium while pregnant

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Hey guys! Whitney here! In the last week I’ve had four different friends spill the beans about a little bun growing in their oven.. Call it inspiration, fate, or just plain ironic that that is the very subject I’ve been back and forth on blogging about.  

Pregnancy has to be one of the most fascinating, weird, precious, miraculous things to happen to the body. Growing a tiny human in your body that you will also pass through your body 9 months down the road.. could sound a little science fiction-y if that wasn’t the way it’s been since the dawn of time.

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 3.37.08 PMI won’t lie, the day my own loving mother broke the news to me that in fact, the stork did not drop me off on the front porch or that babies don’t mysteriously go from your tummy to the crib made the images of my future self holding my own babies quickly fly out the window. Ignorance is bliss has never been a more perfect phrase.

 

 

Thankfully, I grew past the ‘grossed out’ and a ‘terrified’ stage to “just little anxious’.(insert nervous laugh emoji here). Working alongside Kristen and the rest of the team here at LTGLN has changed my perspective immensely. (Thank you guys).

So, without further ado, let me share with you the benefits that are just waiting to be reaped by soaking in magnesium while pregnant.
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The magnesium chloride hales from the Zechstein Sea in The Netherlands. It’s obtained by salt mining and undergoes numerous processes  including water injection, pressure, dissolution, and precipitation. All of this work naturally removes nearly all impurities.  Thus resulting in pure magnesium oil, also known as magnesium chloride.

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If you’ve ever been into the shop or have been to a workshop hosted by Kristen, you know that magnesium is one of our favorite products and top sellers. Magnesium is a cornerstone in the foundation of your health, pregnant women included. Its many benefits include:

  • better sleep cycles
  • balancing hormones
  • aids in decreasing inflammation
  • rebuilds body tissue
  • it regulates blood sugar
  • and is great for muscle aches and restless leg syndrome (RSL).

Without magnesium, muscles don’t relax properly, which is where cramps happen. Kristen has talked to numerous mamas who had completely different birthing and labor experiences when they compared delivery experiences before they were introduced to magnesium versus after. Night and day difference. Can you imagine the simple act of soaking your feet or chilling in the tub with a splash of magnesium is actually putting you on the fast track to a smoother delivery for both you and your sweet baby?

Leveling up in magnesium can also avert baby from having acid reflux and other digestive issues. Magnesium helps the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) to close, preventing stomach acid from coming back up, causing vomit or spit up. It’s also the natural relaxant mineral, so a baby with healthy levels of magnesium will sleep better, too!

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Many of you are familiar with taking Magnesium supplements orally, it’s also found in antacids and laxatives. While taking Magnesium supplements have short-term perks, it’s really just acting as a temporary bandaid. It fixes the problem on the surface but the problem still lies underneath and can be quite detrimental to your health long-term. The part where taking magnesium orally starts to be detrimental is where it’s continually passing through the digestive tract. It prevents your body from absorbing all the good nutrients you’re feeding your body and baby. This puts you in the fast lane to becoming not only magnesium deficient but you’ll lose all of your crucial vitamins and minerals that feed your mind and body as well as house your sweet little bun in the oven.

 

Our Magnesium Soak is a great option to get your magnesium levels up. Most do it by just soaking their feet in a glass or stainless bowl with some nice warm water for 20-30 minutes. Others, such as myself, like to just pour that ¼ cup into my bathtub and level up while relaxing and washing my hair. Multitasking for the win! LTGLN also carries a very gentle Magnesium Lotion. It was formulated with babies and small children in mind so they too could feel the benefits of magnesium but in a gentle way that won’t upset their delicate, extra sensitive skin. Rubbing this on their tummies or used all over as a baby lotion is a great way to ensure they’re continuously getting magnesium.

So, once you’ve soaked or have been soaking a few times a week you’re good to go, right? Wrong! Magnesium is not something that our bodies naturally produce. We are, however, experts at draining our body of it. How you ask? Let me list below some of the biggest offenders that kick magnesium out of our body the fastest:

  • stress
  • sugar intake
  • processed foods
  • lack of sleep
  • smoking
  • anxiety
  • auto-immune diseases
  • alcohol
  • and prescription medications

Don’t let the list above further stress you out! You need to hang onto all the magnesium your body has got! Plus, there are a few factors above that I think everyone is guilty of.. If you have never felt stress in your life, I would love to know your secrets and also ask you a big, fat, giant, HOW?! These are just good things to be aware of so you can gauge how fast you are burning through your magnesium. This in no way is meant to be an added stress to your day. Instead, make it party of your daily routine! I suggest when you are begging to soak, do it at night. Make it part of your winding down regimen. I implore those of you who feel you don’t have to time to simply MAKE time for it. Who can’t find a good 20-30 minutes in their day? There are literally SO many options:Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 4.37.27 PM

  • soak while you eat dinner
  • soak in the tub
  • soak while you read the newspaper
  • soak during your quiet time after the house is calmed down + everyone’s in bed
  • soak while you pin your dream life on Pinterest
  • soak while working at the computer (carefully! Keep away from cords, outlets, etc).
  • soak while you binge-watch something on Netflix
  • you can even soak while you mindlessly scroll through Instagram & Facebook 😉

I sure hope I have given you a few little pieces of good advice or piqued your interest and laid a clear foundation on such an amazing product that we are so grateful to be able to carry.

All magnesium products can be purchased online, here, or in our shop.

Now go #getsoaked!!

-Whitney, LTGLN team member