It took about two weeks for my face to heal from my anchovy experiment, but now I’m ready to continue my fluoride detox effort.
Next on the list: magnesium supplements.
The most persistent detox symptom I’ve experienced throughout this whole process has been water retention around my stomach. It was at its worst during this last round. I started to suspect that my detox efforts could be causing a mineral deficiency of some sort, and magnesium was the prime suspect.
In The Magnesium Miracle, Dr. Carolyn Dean tells us that:
Fluoride seeks out minerals such as magnesium and binds with it, making magnesium unavailable to the body and unable to do its work. The magnesium-fluoride mineral produced is called sellaite; it is almost insoluble and ends up taking the place of magnesium in hard tissues like bone and cartilage… The reduction in available magnesium causes a decrease in enzymatic action in the body.
Could all that displaced fluoride in my body be contributing to a mineral deficiency by making it unavailable for its normal functions? Dean also writes that “magnesium inhibits the absorption of sodium fluoride.” Could it be an important ingredient in a fluoride detox program?
I decided to add a magnesium supplement to my detox plan. At the very least, I figure it would help boost my magnesium levels. According to Dr. Dean, most Americans are deficient in magnesium.
The first supplement I tried was Ionic Magnesium from Trace Minerals as mentioned in “Magnificent Magnesium,” an article by Katherine Czapp on the Weston Price Foundation website. I liked that it came in liquid form and therefore you could easily start with a small dose and divide them throughout the day, a technique Czapp refers to as “micro-dosing.”
The recommended dose is .8 teaspoons. I started with approximately .25 teaspoons. (I wish I was more precise about noting exactly how much magnesium I took. I didn’t realize what a significant reaction it would cause at the time!).
Within the hour, I felt an overwhelming urge to take a nap. For the next two hours, I might as well have been sleeping on the moon. When I awoke, it took a while to reorient myself. Silly me wondered if my deep sleep could have been related to the magnesium. After reading Dean’s book, I now know the connection is well established.
A few hours after my nap, I experienced another established side effect of magnesium supplementation—the runs. That’s when I decided I better read Dr. Dean’s book before I continue taking any type of magnesium supplement.
Dr. Dean recommends a few different types of magnesium supplements in her book. She says magnesium citrate is best for general use. I considered taking the popular Magnesium Calm from Peter Gillham, but decided to go with magnesium taurate instead even though it’s more difficult to find.
Magnesium taurate is magnesium bound with taurine, an amino acid. I had just read about taurine in The Mood Cure by Julia Ross where she talks about its importance in handling stress. It was one of the aminos I thought I might be deficient in. According to Dr. Dean, chelated magnesium is best because it is less likely to cause digestive issues, however it’s more expensive than other forms of magnesium supplements.
I was hesitant to take that first pill, but I did so without incident. I didn’t experience any side effects other than a good night’s sleep. Still, I’m starting slow with my dosage. Dr. Dean suggests 600 mg of magnesium per day, but I still haven’t worked my way past one pill (125 mg) and even then I don’t take it every day.
I’m also supplementing with magnesium oil. This is another way to replenish a magnesium deficiency without risking digestive upset. It’s not actually “oil,” but a high saturation of magnesium chloride in water. I am using the Ancient Minerals brand and I like it so far. It absorbs quickly without stinging (although I don’t recommend applying it right after you shave. Trust me!).
It’s amazing how soundly I’ve been sleeping since I began supplementing with magnesium. I hope addressing this deficiency will help restore my overall mineral balance, which I suspect plays a major role in my fluoride detox efforts.
Have you tried any of the magnesium supplements I mentioned? How do you ensure your body is getting the minerals it needs?
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