Our lives are filled with stressors—physical, mental and emotional. And no matter what kind of challenge you’re facing, your body responds by using magnesium to manage the stress and calm down. That’s why it is critical to make sure you’ve got ample magnesium stores at the ready.
The only way to break the cycle and restore a healthy state is to increase magnesium.
How Magnesium Eases Stress
When your body faces a stressful situation, there is an influx of calcium into cells, which allows muscles to flex and nerves to fire, giving you the protective fight-or-flight reaction. Then, when the stress or threat is over, magnesium shuttles the calcium back out, allowing your body and mind to relax. The problem is, if you don’t have enough magnesium, your body simply can’t relax. Over time, staying in this stressed state leads to symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, muscle cramps and sleeplessness.
What’s more, when stress and anxiety go up, magnesium levels naturally decrease, thus a vicious cycle begins. The only way to break the cycle and restore a healthy state is to increase magnesium.
Should You Supplement with Magnesium?
In an ideal world you’d get all the nutrients you need from the food you eat, including plenty of magnesium. Sadly, most crops are now grown in soil so depleted in minerals that food sources of magnesium are seldom adequate, especially because the stress-filled lives we lead increase our need for this mineral. There are also a number of factors that can impair your ability to use the magnesium you do eat. A compromised digestive system or even an excessive intake of carbonated beverages can interfere with absorption, while an excess of other minerals such as calcium can block magnesium from doing its work within the cells.
There is no risk in trying magnesium. Like vitamin C, the body will excrete any excess. Eating magnesium-rich foods such as nuts, seeds and beans is a good practice, along with supplementing with Natural Calm® to ensure you’re getting enough of this foundational mineral to keep stress in check.