Keep air tight. Magnesium flakes will draw moisture if exposed to air for too long. If they draw too much moisture over a long time you can just liquefy the rest and use as a magnesium oil the same way as the flakes were used. The magnesium chloride does the same job whether as magnesium flakes or liquefied. But it is recommended to them up faster to get your daily dose of magnesium!
Magnesium Flakes soaking allows your body to absorb magnesium via skin, effectively bypassing the digestive system and gaining faster access to cells. It is wonderfully relaxing – especially after a really hard day of physical or mental exertion. Soak or bathe all your cares away, relieve tight or sore muscles and joints, relax the nervous system, promote better sleep and recover from stress.
Magnesium soaking is a superior method of absorbing magnesium to tissue cells in the case of magnesium deficiency compared to taking tablets and powders, which аrе inefficiently digested and mostly expelled into the toilet. The gut wall can only cope with dilute amounts of magnesium – otherwise the stool liquefies and you lose the magnesium too quickly. Your internal tissue cells in muscle and bone may be starving for more magnesium, but the only way to absorb very large amounts of magnesium ions naturally is to let the skin do all the work via magnesium water soaking, or to apply Magnesium Cream or Magnesium Charge Lotion.
The other great benefit of magnesium flakes foot soaking or bathing is the therapeutic effect of the heat of the water itself. Magnesium flakes soaking is very soothing and relaxing and helps to prepare for a sound sleep if done half an hour before bed time.
Soaking with magnesium chloride flakes (food grade) is very gentle and moisturising for skin compared to soaking in magnesium sulphate (epsom salts), which can leave skin feeling dry and itchy. Magnesium chloride soaking leaves your skin feel silky soft and hydrated. More information about the differences between these two kinds of magnesium salts are in this article blog…
Whether you soak in a full bath or via a footsoak, over half an hour of soaking, magnesium absorption slows down and then stops as the skin reservoir reaches saturation. In this way the body is self-regulating. It doesn’t matter from where on the body you absorb magnesium ions. This means that over half an hour the body can take up about the same amount from the footsoak as it can from the bath. However, the bath can deliver faster results all over the body due to the immersion and heat. This is a bonus for those recovering from surgery, injury, inflammation or other painful conditions. For these conditions use 2-3 cups magnesium flakes. The benefits of the footsoak is that it is often more convenient and uses less water and magnesium flakes.