Chronic Stress Depletes Magnesium
There is no escaping the pressures of modern life! You may be familiar with common stressors experienced by the majority of people, such as financial strain, relationships, pressures at work or school, toxins, diets high in processed foods, and constant Wi-Fi and screen exposure. The main problem is that these assaults to your system are constant. Extended periods of stress can result in a loss of the important mineral, magnesium, at the time your body needs it most. Ensuring you have good magnesium levels helps make you a warrior during stressful times.
Are You Low in Magnesium?
Fatigue, muscle cramps, headaches and difficulty sleeping are common signs of magnesium deficiency in both adults and children. Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and mood disorders including anxiety, depression, and constant stress are all associated with poor body stores of magnesium. Talk to your Practitioner today about whether you have an increased need for magnesium.
Running on Empty – What Causes Low Magnesium?
There are many different factors that contribute to magnesium deficiency. These include:
- Inadequate intake from foods.
- Continual stress. As increased levels of stress hormones diminish precious magnesium stores, this can lead to a vicious cycle of magnesium depletion, making it even harder to cope.
- Caffeine, alcohol and certain medications. These increase the loss of magnesium through urination.
The Many Benefits of Magnesium
Being the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, magnesium plays many roles in supporting your health. It helps dampen the effects of stress hormones to promote calming sleep, as well as relaxing muscles and reducing cramping. Magnesium protects your brain from memory loss, improves mood, concentration and learning, and lowers anxiety helping keep you stay calm during stressful times. However, that’s not all this mighty mineral helps with! Magnesium also improves blood sugar control, which can positively impact weight, reduce sugar cravings and support energy levels.
Magnesium Fuels Your Energy
When you become stressed, it affects you right down to your core, even causing damage at the cellular level by allowing energy molecules to leak from the cell. These energy molecules are needed for every function in the body; without energy your body’s ability to cope with stress is hindered, resulting in fatigue and other symptoms. But thanks to your cells’ instinctive ability to adapt to perceived stressors, the body uses magnesium to boost energy production, supporting good health and increasing your energy levels.
Daily Protection Against Stress
Utilise the following tips to shield your mind and body from stress and conserve your magnesium:
- Reduce caffeine to a maximum of 1 cup per day.
- Increase your consumption of magnesium rich foods e.g. spinach, dark chocolate, avocado, almonds, pumpkin seeds and black beans.
- Minimise your intake of high sugar and processed foods low in nutrients.
- Get a good night’s sleep. This will assist your body in repairing tissues and reducing inflammation caused by stress. To improve sleep quality, ensure your bedroom is cool, dark and quiet; and unplug from electronic devices (e.g. mobile phones, tablets, computer, and TV) 1-2 hours prior to bedtime.
- Exercise regularly to reduce the negative effects of emotional and physical stressors on health.
Choosing the Right Type of Ammunition
Your Practitioner can help recommend an appropriate magnesium for you if stress is weighing you down.
Brenda Rogers is a natural medicine practitioner in the Hills District of Sydney. Her business, Quintessence Women’s Health, supports women in taking charge of their health and their lives.