The name “magnesium” stems from the Greek word Magnesia, so named as a reference to the geographic region where the substance was first discovered. This is where the term “milk of Magnesia” comes from, but this substance is actually magnesium hydroxide which is a type of saline laxative. Elemental magnesium, on the other hand, is the eighth most abundant item on the Periodic Table and the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body.
Dietary magnesium is obtained primarily from natural sources such as mineral springs, wells, and seas. Because of its healing properties, magnesium is marketed in many health supplements as a dietary antacid or sometimes as a laxative. The Scottish physicist Joseph Black first isolated magnesium in 1755.1
Types of Magnesium
Magnesium Hydroxide – Mg(OH)2
Magnesium hydroxide, as stated above, is the scientific term for milk of Magnesia which is often prescribed as a laxative. The hydroxyl compound really just pulls salts from the blood into the intestines. This saline fluid performs a flushing effect within the intestines so you can have a bowel movement, but in the process you are losing important salts from the body and this can lead to an electrolyte deficiency.
Magnesium Sulfate – MgSO4
Magnesium sulphate is otherwise known as Epsom salt and is commonly used as a “home remedy” laxative. Ingesting Epsom salts does not produce as many side effects as drinking milk of Magnesia but it also does little to rid the bowel of hard compacted fecal matter. Furthermore, Epsom salts do not provide monatomic oxygen to the bowel, which aids in your body’s natural healing process.
Magnesium Oxide – MgO
Oxy-Powder® contains a unique formulation of ozonated magnesium oxide, magnesium hydroxide, and ozonated magnesium peroxide, which are not dietary forms of magnesium per se’ but work as vectors to provide nascent oxygen to your body’s various internal systems and organs.
In our Analysis of Oxy-Powder® and Competitors’ Products, clinical tests demonstrated Oxy-Powder® can produce beneficial oxygen for breaking up fecal matter and also for oxygenating the entire intestinal tract at effective levels for over 18 hours.
This durability stems in part from the magnesium oxides’ ability to transport the oxygen being produced in your digestive system. Magnesium oxide is basic (meaning, non-acidic) and will have an antacid effect if consumed in amounts above 500 mg. Therefore, drinking organic goat’s milk (a more healthful substitute for dairy milk) to provide Vitamin D can also increase the bio-availability of MgO in the body.
In clinical tests utilizing iodometric titration, Oxy-Powder® produced a pH around 4.0 (slightly acidic) which results from the inclusion of citric acid to aid in the oxygenation process. The presence of various forms of magnesium oxides could be observed due to the “cloudiness” of the test solutions.
This phenomenon continued over the entire 18-hour test period, so one may easily infer Oxy-Powder® continued to produce measurable amounts of oxygen. Relating to the health benefit thereof, eighteen hours of continuous oxidative function means Oxy-Powder® will work very effectively at breaking down accumulated waste matter within the digestive tract for an extended period.
Factors Affecting Bowel Function
- Exercise and sleep patterns
- Poor diet (consuming fatty, salty, artificially preserved, and/or chemical-heavy junk foods)
- Neurogenic disorders (nerve function problems)
- Consumption of iron supplements
- Drug use (pain killers, anti-depressants, heart medications, antihistamines, and other prescription drugs)
- Habitual dehydration
- Low levels of thyroid hormone
- Kidney impairment or failure
- Other disorders (Diabetes, IBS, etc.)
Any of these individual factors or a combination of them can damage the nerve cells in the intestinal lining and this can lead to persistent or occasional constipation. This occurs because the nerve function can continue to degrade until you become virtually unable to have a bowel movement on your own.
Around this time, people start resorting to unscientific or even dangerous methods to relieve themselves, such as taking harmful herbal laxatives, subjecting themselves to constant enemas, consuming large amounts of prunes or prune juice, or even spending hard-earned money on water colonics and other invasive procedures.
Why Must I Constantly Replace Magnesium?
Magnesium is also lost naturally through the body’s eliminatory processes of sweating and having bowel movements. Obviously, any increase in physical activity will speed up this process with the additional demands placed on the body by engaging in strenuous exercise, working in the yard on a hot summer day, or stress from taking a difficult exam.
It is extremely difficult to obtain enough dietary magnesium through eating foods alone since it is lost through modern refinement methods. For example, the processing of flour to make white bread removes most of the dietary magnesium.
Replenishing this essential mineral is vital for maintaining the body’s physiological functions, so it must be obtained regularly by eating as much organic foods (such as raw vegetables, fresh fruits, and especially raw nuts and berries) or by taking a dietary supplement.
Furthermore, when the digestive process is already hindered by a digestive problem (such as IBS, chronic constipation, diarrhea, or Crohn’s Disease) magnesium absorption can fall to levels far below its RDA.
How Does Magnesium Work in Oxy-Powder®?
Although the different variations and compounds of magnesium act in different ways, the magnesium oxides in Oxy-Powder® is as a carrier of oxygen. Through the presence of a proprietary blend of magnesium oxides in, oxygen can be safely and continuously delivered throughout the entire intestinal tract for many hours.
Oxy-Powder® provides relief for constipation symptoms gradually and effectively rather than all at once such as you would experience with a stimulant laxative or chemical enema. Also, while the food you eat is being moved along the entire digestive system, the ingredients in Oxy-Powder® go along for the ride.
While your food is being carried along by bowel contractions, the magnesium oxides carry the monatomic oxygen being released by the citric acid. Oxygen is thereby available throughout the digestive tract to be absorbed and utilized. It has been demonstrated that reception of large amounts of oxygen supports good health.
Basically, oxygen is delivered by the ingredients of Oxy-Powder® in a steady and continuous manner so the whole of your intestines (including the colon) can be thoroughly purged of accumulated toxin-laden waste, undigested food, and other organic debris. Also, anything that aids oxygenation is beneficial for all your organs and metabolism to work their best!
by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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