Can magnesium reduce your anxiety?

It may not be some magical cure-all, but it is certainly a good idea to do the things that we can to put our body in a more calm state so that we are less likely to feel an excessive amount of physical sensations that will in turn trigger our anxiety.

Many people want to look at this sort of thing as a cause or a cure for what they are experiencing, but I look at it as just one piece of the puzzle...this may point to a few different things.

It is sort of like the 'chicken or the egg' discussion. Which came first? Our body uses up quite a bit of magnesium when we are stressed, so that alone may lead to a lower level of magnesium than we previously would have seen in the same person!

Magnesium and foods high in magnesium are known to be calming and to help your body fight stress, and get more rest!

Remember, the body uses up magnesium when under stress...which is pretty frequent in modern life, and darn near all the time for us anxiety sufferers!

 

Magnesium's potential benefits:

  • promotes restful sleep
  • helps control blood pressure
  • prevents muscle tension and cramping
  • enhances circulation
  • reduces migraines and headaches
  • aids in proper vitamin D absorption
  • enhances circulation
  • and many more!

 

Possible Signs of Magnesium deficiency:

  • lack of sleep/insomnia
  • irritability
  • sensitive to noise
  • anxiety and depression
  • increased stress
  • muscle soreness and tension
  • headaches
  • carbohydrate cravings
  • poor dental health
  • palpitations
  • fatigue
  • and many more!

Magnesium rich foods:

  • sea veg

  • almond

  • cashews

  • pumpkin (seeds)
  • root vegetables (if your carb tolerance will allow them)
  • organ meat
  • wheat grass
  • alfalfa
  • even some in real sea salt!

 

Quick but important facts to remember:

  • Balancing magnesium can reduce physical feelings of anxiety and make stress more manageable.
  • Calcium activates the sympathetic nervous system - magnesiums job is to control calcium.
  • It is said that we need at least 1:1 (calcium:magnesium) but we eat closer to 10:1 AND cheese is more than 20:1