June 23, 2016, by Briana McDonald (UtopiaSilver.com) “That time of the month” is a topic both sexes don’t want to talk about. It’s painful and exhausting for the woman and unfortunately, our male loved ones take the blunt of our emotions as well. PMS symptoms can be so harsh in some women that it affects our lives in serious ways, such as severe depression, irritability, and intense anxiety. Whenever I start feeling like I’m being over-dramatic about a situation, making a mountain out of a molehill, I usually go look at my calendar and sure enough, more times than not, it’s that time of the month again. Here recently was the worst it’s ever been and I figured out what I could do about it. Between nursing an eight month old child and chasing a 3 year old around, my magnesium levels were way too low. I realized I could get PMS relief using magnesium and not just a little, but a lot.
Hormones & Magnesium
Magnesium levels fluctuate during a menstrual cycle, the more estrogen or progesterone, the less magnesium. Ever wonder why you crave chocolate so much? Dark chocolate, ounce per ounce, has more magnesium than any other food. During the second half of a menstrual cycle when estrogen and progesterone are at a peak, magnesium levels will plummet. This can result in a variety of issues like increased pain with cramping and spasms in the brain arteries which lead to migraines.
Increase Your Intake
Increasing your dietary and supplementary intake of magnesium will help relieve PMS symptoms, from the crazy emotional highs to bloating, low blood sugar, dizziness, fluid retention, and sugar cravings. If you are pregnant or nursing you need to be taking in double or triple the amount of magnesium. Eat more dark leafy greens and supplement with membrane complex, which is potassium, calcium and magnesium, all three combined in an AEP (amino-ethyl phosphate) form improve the absorption of the vital mineral. An added tip: You can break open a capsule and hold the powder under your tongue for about 30 seconds to really feel the benefits right away as it goes directly into your bloodstream. Don’t just look at the daily recommended requirements, go beyond that. Your body uses magnesium for over 700 different biochemical processes, there’s really no such thing as “too much magnesium.”
An added tip: You can break open a capsule and hold the powder under your tongue for about 30 seconds to really feel the benefits right away as it goes directly into your bloodstream. Don’t just look at the daily recommended requirements, go beyond that. Your body uses magnesium for over 700 different biochemical processes, there’s really no such thing as “too much magnesium.”
PMS relief using magnesium is the best way to alleviate the symptoms of this monthly issue and also keep your weight in check, as magnesium activates enzymes that control digestion, absorption, and the use of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It’ll also keep you from dipping into the cookie jar one too many times. “That time of the month” doesn’t have to be as hard as it can be, implement this incredible mineral into your daily routine and experience it for yourself.
Editor’s Note: When choosing a magnesium supplement, consider Magnesium AEP as is formulated in membrane complex in combo with calcium and potassium. Amino-ethyl phosphate (AEP) is the most absorbable form of magnesium and is the closest to the natural fluids that most easily pass the body cell membranes from intra-cellular to extra-cellular. If there is an issue with magnesium retention, then Magnesium Orotate may be beneficial as it is a large molecule form of magnesium. The larger molecules go into the cells at a slower rate, but stays in the cells longer.