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The Importance of Source and Origin

Autumn in the UK often means unpredictable weather and we know that rain is inevitable, despite this we decided to treat ourselves to a weekend by the sea.


Each day we walked along the beautiful shoreline. Sadly we didn’t find any treasures, but we did find plenty of man-made debris that had come in with the tide. Plastic in our oceans is real and this experience really emphasised the importance of knowing the origin of the foods we eat; to quote philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach “we are what we eat” – this certainly rang true!


Micro-plastics were found in sea salt several years ago, but how extensively plastic pieces are spread through our most commonly used seasonings remains unclear. 


New research shows that micro-plastics were in 90 percent of the table salt brands that were sampled worldwide. It was suggested that the salt be filtered, but that would be somewhat difficult because to filter the salt they would need to dissolve it again, then re-crystallise it.   


One alternative is to source salt from areas that have not been contaminated. Lake Deborah in Western Australia is the origin of our Ancient Lakes Magnesium and Salt products. Lake Deborah is 450km inland and 500m above sea level and was formed over millions of years from winds blowing across the Indian Ocean and carrying sea minerals far inland.


These winds carried tiny amounts of sea spray (mineral salts) and deposited them over vast areas of the catchment. These salts eventually found their way into the paleo-channel of the Avon River where the Lister family have been harvesting them for over 75 years.


Situated within a Salt Harvest Sanctuary, the beautiful Lake Deborah is the source of Ancient Lakes’ unique magnesium solution. 


The sanctuary ensures that Lake Deborah’s fragile ecosystem is protected, and that our pristine magnesium bitterns and salt are free from modern pollutants, thus emphasising the importance of source and origin.


Do you know the source of your magnesium and salt products? 

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Do you put importance on how the foods we eat are grown, produced and harvested? 


Growing up as farmers daughter, I knew the exact origin of the foods we as a family.  


The first image is of my Grandfather and my Father as a young boy, suited and booted for a hard day of toil! 


I knew the patch of earth that the veg grew on, (the veg patch can be seen behind my Dad in the second image) and even the exact cow that our milk came from! From the feed that the animals ate, what it took to care for the livestock (chickens, pigs and cows) and the land upon which our crops were grown (which also fed the animals), to the necessities of protecting the hedgerows and fields in which the wildlife lived in (and keeping the livestock safe). My childhood was a simple, harmonious way of living, centred around our farm environment. At the time it was not appreciated, it was just everyday life - natural organic living - I just remember clearly that our lives were governed by The Farm - 24/7 - no matter what!


This second image is of my Dad (with the cigarette in his mouth!) and his friend and farm hand Lenny who lived nearby (as an aside the house in which Lenny and his family lived is now our home which we have lived in for the past 30 years or so and where our children grew up). The view over my Dad's shoulder hasn’t changed much as the last two images shows, but this is not only our home but also the headquarters of Treat Me Nice UK Ltd! 


As a young girl I was envious of my friends families ‘modern’ eating habits, anything that was not home reared or home cooked - basically anything that was shop bought such as pies, cakes, a packet of biscuits, even milk in a bottle....the list was long! Nowadays I can appreciate and actively seek out the everyday foods I grew up on. 


I am thankful and appreciative that my early years were as informative as they were on how to thrive on a day to day living way of life. I am also thankful that during the very many months of searching, researching and eventually finding the very best magnesium, I found Ancient Lakes and the Lister family (third generation) which happened to be on the other side of the world. I can fully relate to and appreciate their family business and family values.


In the Western Australian desert lies pristine Lake Deborah, protected within a Salt Harvest Sanctuary. This ancient salt lake provides a sustainable source of our ionic magnesium products: 100% natural, organic, additive-free and vegan. 


The Lister family work in harmony with nature to ensure that Lake Deborah’s unique ecosystem is protected, leaving our naturally occurring (food grade) superior magnesium bitterns, their culinary salt and blends are entirely free from modern pollutants.

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"Don’t just count your blessings. Be the blessing other people count on.” 

- Anonymous  

True story: Pernicious Anaemia and how Ancient Lakes Magnesium addressed pain from Small Fibre Neuropathy

The above diagnosis can come as a huge shock, especially if you've not had any of the ‘typical’ symptoms of Pernicious Anaemia and the only problems you’ve experienced are excruciating burning, tingling and itching sensations in your feet! 

After receiving this diagnosis, I looked on the NHS website at the Pernicious Anaemia symptoms and treatments.


However, after having been offered the orthodox pharmaceutical remedies, that may or may not help some people - the neurological pains I was still experiencing were a bummer!

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This is when researching scientific evidence for a ‘natural’ treatment or therapy for pain management, particularly neuropathic pain, became paramount, so having a background in anatomy and physiology was a real bonus!

Thus my search for a high ppm (parts per million) liquid magnesium began in earnest.


Why a liquid and not a pill or tablet?  It was simply because magnesium in a liquid form is more bio-available, meaning it has the best absorption into our blood stream. Therefore it’s effects are more immediate after ingestion, thus pain relief is faster - and that was top of my agenda.  


After many months of testing and trialling various brands, none of which ‘cut the mustard’, I eventually found Ancient Lakes Magnesium - the purest liquid magnesium on the planet with a huge 98,000ppm, surpassing my every expectation!

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Finding Ancient Lakes Magnesium was definitely my Eureka moment, although at that point I did not appreciate how close my relationship with Ancient Lakes would become.


Neuropathic pain is very difficult to treat (which you may already know if you are a sufferer), it is caused by damage to or by a dysfunctioning component of the peripheral or central nervous system.


Common symptoms usually manifest in our extremities, with sensations akin to burning, coldness or itching. Pain can be shooting, spasmodic or continuous.

To determine how much Mg an individual may require, start by slowly and gradually increasing the number of drops a day. Using biofeedback (bowel threshold) you can work out how much you need. You can then reach your unique optimal intake by using biofeedback and the Bowel Tolerance test, utilising your bodies feedback to know when you have reached your “Optimal Intake”.  


Our highly concentrated ionic magnesium liquid makes it easy for us to fine tune our daily magnesium intake one 7mg (Mg) drop at a time.


How you take it is up to you. Some people take 4-5 ml in separate doses every day, though many put it in their water bottles and sip throughout the day, but taking magnesium consistently throughout the day is the key!

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As the famous English poet William Blake once said: "Hindsight is a wonderful thing but foresight is better, especially when it comes to saving life or some pain".

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