What are your ways to reduce anxiety? I eat foods that help me reduce anxiety. I exercise to reduce anxiety. I do deep breathing to reduce anxiety. Many things help to reduce anxiety, but one important Mineral really reduces anxiety. Any guesses?? This Mineral is the popular Mineral Magnesium. Magnesium lotion, oil, powder, and bath salts really help reduce anxiety for me. The last few weeks have been a little rough for me. After my trip to the hospital I was super stressed out about my health. I am actually doing really well now thank goodness. My worries stem from all the negative effects of the medications that I took. They did their job for the short-term, but I have felt very uneasy about the long-term.
I know that I need to RELAX and not be so hard on myself. That is why this post is all about natural ways to reduce anxiety. What is a great way to reduce anxiety? Increasing my Magnesium intake. If I am already feeling stressed out (which I totally am right now) it usually means I am running low on Mg.
What are the signs of Magnesium deficiency?
Due to the fact that magnesium is so vital to so many bodily processes, deficiency can contribute to a wide variety of conditions, such as Source:
• Fatigue & Low Energy
• Inability to Sleep
• Muscle Tension, Spasms & Cramps
• Anxiousness and Nervousness
• PMS and Hormonal Imbalances
• Weakening Bones
• Abnormal Heart Rhythm
• Calcification of Organs
“A magnesium deficiency can cause or worsen symptoms of anxiety. Magnesium naturally calms the nervous system and the muscles; whereas, a deficiency can result in a tense body and an anxious mind.
Those with anxiety will often benefit from magnesium supplementation. Start with 200 mg per day and work your way up to the most effective dose. Too much magnesium may cause loose stools. If this occurs, either cut back on your dose or divide it into smaller doses throughout the day. Most people find that 400-800 mg taken in divided doses will ease their anxiety symptoms considerably.
Magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate and magnesium chloride are among the most absorbable forms of magnesium. Magnesium oil and epsom salts can also be used externally to boost magnesium levels.” Source
I have been focusing on increasing my Magnesium intake for the last few weeks. I know all the medications decreased my Magnesium levels.
“Most people don’t get enough magnesium, including many who already take magnesium. There are two reasons for this: the amount of magnesium required by the body is greater than people think and many magnesium capsules and tablets are not completely absorbed by the body.
Magnesium deficiency can be caused by a number of stresses on the body, including—but not limited to—lack of adequate dietary magnesium, emotional stress, some drugs (diuretics, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, insulin, cortisone), heavy exercise, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and too much calcium in the diet.” Source
I was on a strong antibiotic for 10 days, a strong steroid, advil/ tylenol, and even different strong pain medicines. My levels were definitely affected… negatively.
Here are the ways I increase my Mg levels.
1. Magnesium Calm.
I drank a full serving of magnesium each night that I was on medication. It helped to promote restful sleep and calm my nerves.
I applied Magnesium lotion to my hands and feet daily… and I am still doing this now.
Magnesium works within our cells — the powerhouses, factories and regulators of the body’s systems. Its crucial role in over 300 fundamental biochemical reactions affects the brain, the muscles, the heart and blood vessels, and ultimately our overall health and well-being.
Yet magnesium has been placed on the short list of nutrients of concern by the U.S. Department of Health due to widespread low intake. While many are aware of the importance of calcium, the parallel and in some ways even more crucial role of magnesium is less widely known.” Source
3. Epsom Salt Baths
“The wonders of Epsom salt have been well-known for hundreds of years and unlike other salts, Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body.
Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells. Experts believe that bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week helps you to look better, feel better and gain more energy. Magnesium ions also relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline. They lower blood pressure, create a relaxed feeling, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly.” Source
If you are feeling a little extra stressed out or anxious (like me). Think about increasing your Magnesium levels naturally. I know it has really helped me these last few weeks. I am going to keep it up until I feel like my Mg levels are back to normal. This may take a while.