Magnesium: A Warrior of the 21st Century
Magnesium deficiency is on the rise due to increased chronic stress in our modern lifestyle. Find out how this mineral impacts muscle cramps, sleep, anxiety & more…
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.
What Causes Low Magnesium?
There are many different factors that contribute to
magnesium deficiency. These include:
– Inadequate intake from foods
– Continual stress: 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
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, figs, dark chocolate, bananas, avocado, almonds,
pumpkin seeds and black beans
– Minimise your intake of high sugar and processed foods.
– Get a good night’s sleep. This will assist your body in
repairing tissues and reducing inflammation caused
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.
Talk to your Practitioner today on how you can reduce stress using Magnesium!