Magnificent Magnesium & Minimising Anxiety
Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body, it plays and important role in a number of bodily functions. It plays a crucial role in maintaining our central nervous system, including helping our cells produce and use energy.
The trouble is stress can increase the amount of magnesium we lose from our body and in turn that ‘deficiency’ enhances our response to stress – so we can get stuck in a cycle of feeling anxious, losing magnesium, reacting more to stress and then losing more magnesium and so on.
Research has found that magnesium may help with the brain functions that reduce stress and anxiety. It is believed to affect a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which helps regulate the pituitary and adrenal glands. These glands are responsible for the stress/anxiety response.
Magnesium is an essential nutrient with many functions in the human body:
· it helps maintain energy and combat fatigue
it helps build and maintain bones and teeth
it contributes to the health of nerve, muscle and cell membranes
it contributes to normal muscle function, including the heart
it helps with protein manufacture
it can help to keep some of the body's other mineral and hormone systems in balance
Magnesium is readily available in a normal balanced diet. But for some people it may not be possible to source or absorb all the magnesium they need. Correcting a magnesium deficiency could reduce tiredness and fatigue, help to restore nerve and muscle function, and support the health of bones and teeth. (High doses of magnesium can have a laxative effect).
Where can you find it?
Bathe in it!
As marvellous as Magnesium is it is only step one – it is an awesome baseline to start with turning the volume down on your response to challenges.
Should you feel that you would like to supplement your intake of Magnesium then please talk to me and we can work together to help your symptoms and challenges.