The Relaxation Mineral
By Carolyn Dean MD ND
The last year and a half was an emotional roller-coaster. And, this ride shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Drama and stress can cause the body to burn up key nutrients, leading to anxiety and sleepless nights.
And if you’ve been blowing off steam on social media, you’re bound to be burning off magnesium! That volatility, irritability, and angst are only heightened by magnesium deficiency.
Plus, if you’ve been glued to your TV or computer for several days, you’re probably not eating properly, which means you're probably not getting enough magnesium.
Here are 3 reasons to keep up your magnesium levels
- Magnesium supports our adrenal glands, which are overworked by stress leading to combined magnesium deficiency symptoms and adrenal fatigue.
- Serotonin, the “feel-good” brain chemical depends on magnesium for its production and function.
- Magnesium plays a major role in brain function and mood both of which contribute to achieving restful sleep.
Adrenal fatigue follows after a time of chronic stress and anxiety. Adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol (elevated in chronic stress) deplete magnesium. Stress causes excess elimination of magnesium through the urine, further compounding magnesium deficiency. Stress is such an overworked word, but we all suffer physical, emotional, and mental stress every day, and every bit of it drains magnesium.
When the adrenals are no longer protected by sufficient magnesium, the fight-or-flight hormones, adrenaline and noradrenaline become more easily triggered. When they surge erratically, they cause a rapid pulse, high blood pressure, and heart palpitations. The more magnesium-deficient you are, the more exaggerated is the adrenaline response. Magnesium calms the nervous system, relaxes muscle tension, and lowers the pulse rate, helping to reduce anxiety and allowing you to take control of the situation.
If the stress continues and we don’t rest or replace our magnesium between episodes, our magnesium stores become depleted. Then, when you are faced with the next stressor, your stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) don’t activate your magnesium reserves with a calming effect. Instead, adrenalin revs up your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure, and tenses your muscles in a fight or flight reaction.
Millions of people try unsuccessfully to cope with their problems or medicate their stress with overeating, cigarettes, alcohol, street drugs, and other addictive behaviors to suppress their pain. We are a nation suffering a 32 percent incidence of anxiety, depression, and drug problems.
Instead of treating stress reactions properly with magnesium, each year millions of people are introduced to the merry-go-round of psychiatric drugs and psychological counseling for symptoms that may in fact be rooted in magnesium deficiency.
If you’re stressed out, not sleeping, tense, and irritable, simply taking a good magnesium supplement could pull you out of that downward spiral.
Try ReMag® ionic liquid magnesium. It’s the fastest path from magnesium deficient to magnesium sufficient.
ReMag® is the most fully absorbed magnesium on the market.
Dr. Carolyn Dean
Dr. Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor and naturopath, and the author of over 35 books including best seller The Magnesium Miracle along with IBS for Dummies, Hormone Balance, and Death by Modern Medicine. In 2011, she launched RnA ReSet and brought her 50 years of experience into the development of proprietary, unique formulations that give every individual at any stage of wellness or illness the building blocks for sustained health, vitality and well-being.