Stress and Magnesium:
Stress is one of greatest health risk factors of the twenty first century. It wreaks havoc with every aspect of our lives and specifically will affect our adrenals and greatly reduce magnesium levels. When we go through long periods of stress, whether it is caused by emotional, physical or environmental factors, our adrenal glands increase their production of adrenaline and cortisol which can lead to adrenal fatigue, anxiety, depression, inflammation and increased muscle tension. One of magnesiums most important functions in the body is to balance the endrocine system and to relax and calm the muscles and nerves. When we are overly stressed magnesium is further depleted and it is a vicious circle of hormone imbalance that leads to an increase in severe magnesium deficiency causing more chronic health issues. Dr Carolyn Dean in her book, The Magnesium Miracle states that 80% of North Americans are magnesium deficient and have an unhealthy imbalance of ten calcium to one magnesium in our 70 trillion cells.
A healthy ratio should be one calcium to one magnesium so you can see why so many people have chronic stress and irritability. Because one of calciums functions in the body is to tense and excite muscle and nerves, you can understand why people with a ratio of ten calcium to one magnesium in their body might be experiencing tension, anxiety, stress and anger. Magnesium activates vitamins D and K to help our body assimilate calcium to prevent calcification which can lead to muscle pain.
I found Natural Calm magnesium over ten years ago when it dramatically helped my sister for chronic migraines and my own health for insomnia and misdiagnosed fibromyalgia. I had worked for years as a nurse so I understood that magnesium was an important mineral that Medical Doctors would prescribe intravenously for patients who came to hospital with heart attacks, strokes, seizures, high blood pressure and migraines but I had no idea the part this amazing mineral played in our daily health. Because magnesium is not produced by the body we must get our magnesium through our diet or through supplementation. Magnesium is naturally found in unrefined nuts, grains, seeds and leafy greens but because of poor remineralization of soils and processing it is impossible to get enough magnesium in our diet to offset that amount of calcium that we consume.
The beauty of Natural Calm’s Magnesium powder is its absorbability and effectiveness. Natural Calm is the top selling magnesium powder in North America. This proprietary formula of Magnesium Citrate when dissolved in hot water, becomes highly absorbable as it does not require hydrochloric acid to break it down. It goes to work instantly to help alleviate symptoms of magnesium deficiency including sleeplessness, muscle pain, restless legs syndrome and stress. According to Dr Danial Crisafi, ND., MH, PhD, author of the book about stress called, “Syndrome S, states, “The difference between citrate and glycinate absorption in favor of magnesium citrate is due to the fact that many individuals lack sufficient hydrochloric to absorb magnesium efficiently and magnesium citrate does not require HCl.” Dr Crisafi provided this chart for us that indicates that magnesium citrate is more bioavailable than other magnesiums.
Written by Linda Bolton, RN, CEO of Natural Calm Canada