MSM is a naturally occurring sulfur that is naturally found in all living tissues, plants, and animals. MSM or methyl sulfonyl methane is produced from DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) and has similar beneficial properties, but without the unpleasant sulfur smell. MSM is a nontoxic, white crystalline that is packed with bioavailable sulfur.
So what’s the big deal about the mineral sulfur? It is unlikely that you are obtaining enough MSM through eating, and it is possible to become deficient in biological sulfur. Sulfur is an acid-forming mineral that makes up parts of amino acids, taurine, and glutathione. Biological sulfur plays an important role in the body by resisting bacteria, balancing the body’s pH, disinfecting blood, protecting against the effects of toxins and pollution, and synthesizing collagen. Being deficit in sulfur can come with low energy, weak hair and nails, skin conditions, constipation, and even fat allergies. Sulfur deficiency is also related with scurvy, stroke, heart attacks, varicose veins, and chronic bruising.
MSM gives your body the sulfur it needs to function properly. MSM helps the body to adapt to stress, allergic reactions, circulatory issues, eliminate parasites and ease inflammation that causes arthritis, muscle cramps. MSM aids in eliminating lactic acid build up in the muscles and helps relieve cell inflexibility. MSM helps improve permeability of cell walls, allowing oxygen and nutrients to be exchanged freely, improving cell help and increasing lung oxygen capacity. MSM can help moderate allergies, balance the bodies pH levels, and normalize menstruation problems and headaches.
MSM is very effective and comes in many forms including powder, capsules, liquid, nasal sprays, and more. MSM can be given to humans and animals of all ages and body size. That means MSM is even beneficial for your pet!
Dosage: minimum of 2 mg MSM : 1 kg body weight
It is recommended that adults take ½ teaspoon twice daily
Children adjust according to weight.
Pets can benefit from ½ teaspoon MSM : 8 oz drinking water, or can be put on food using dosage adjustment for weight.
I thought it would be appropriate to tell you the story of why I decided to become massage therapist for the first blog entry. After being called to live in the healing Yampa Valley, I started out as many Steamboaters do, working at ski Corp for a paycheck and a ski pass. After a few enjoyable, carefree seasons of mountain life, my partner and I became pregnant. Naturally we decided to create a more stable life for our future family. A few months into the pregnancy we were fortunate enough to meet Suzanne Tully, a wonderful midwife, nutritional herbalist, and owner of Aspen Botancal's Apothecary. We immediately fell in love with Suzanne and soon decided to use her as our midwife and have a home birth. A prenatal Maya massage program was included as part of the midwife services, so I recieved many prenatal massages as well as a postnatal after care massage. My pregnancy was not comfortable and I experienced many of the negative side effects most women endure during pregnancy. However, every two weeks there was a silver lining, a glorious 90 minutes where I could lay on my stomach and my body could be in tension relieving heaven. My bi-weekly and then weekly massage sessions towards the end of my pregnancy worked miracles for my body and mind, relieving nausea and helping my body adjust to the rapid changes occurring.
After a successful and beautiful delivery to my daughter and weeks of baby bliss, even though baby and my heart were happy and healthy, my body was not. I experienced digestional pain and discomfort and my sacrum just didn't quite feel right. After my body healed from labor, it was time for my post partum massage. Suzanne worked her magic and performed a technique
that helped repostion my colon and I felt immediate relief from the sometimes excruciating intestinal pains i had been dealing with. Then she did some deep work realigning my sacrum to its ideal shape. I left this massage session feeling like i had traded in my old worn out body for one that was brand new. That's when I could no longer ignore the wonderful effects of massage.
I began my massage training a few months later at Mountain Massage School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I have since added specialty prenatal training, cupping, and hot stones to my tool belt since becoming a licensed therapist. I have enjoyed being busy spreading wellness throughout our beautiful community one massage at a time.