The Link Between Stress and Magnesium Deficiency

October 27, 2017; By Briana McDonald, Staff Writer, Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine ( Magnesium is one of the most commonly used nutrients in our bodies. This nutrient alone is essential for over 300 biochemical processes and a deficiency in this nutrient could/will bring about serious health consequences. With the U.S. Department of Agriculture saying that around 60% of adults in the U.S. do not consume the average requirement of magnesium (which is already set to a low standard) it’s no wonder why so many of us are disease ridden, malnourished and don’t understand why we feel so exhausted and depleted all of the time. Our cells need calcium to contract and magnesium to relax, a deficiency in magnesium means our cells, tissues, organs, nervous system are in a constant state of tension. It’s no wonder so many of us are stressed to the max! Our bodies are screaming for more magnesium we just don’t know how to read the symptoms for ourselves. The link between stress and magnesium deficiency is obvious and here’s how we can remedy the negative effects of not getting enough of this precious nutrient.

What Causes Magnesium Deficiency? 
Several things have led to this 60% (which could now be much higher) rate of adults deficient in magnesium. To name a few:
  1. soil depletion, genetically modified foods and the chemicals in our food have created a recipe for disaster. As minerals are stripped away and no longer available in the soil, the percentage available in food has dramatically decreased
  2. digestive diseases like leaky gut causes malabsorption of minerals including magnesium.
  3. chronic disease and medication use is sky rocketing and medication damage the gut which is responsible for absorbing magnesium from our food. (1)
Signs of Magnesium Deficiency 
  • leg cramps
  • insomnia
  • muscle pain/ fibromyalgia
  • anxiety
  • high blood pressure
  • heart arrythmia
  • angina
  • type II diabetes
  • fatigue
  • migraine headaches
  • osteoporosis
The normal accepted recommended daily dietary amount of magnesium is only 300-400 mg which many professionals feel to be a bare minimum. Some would say that 1000 mg is more in the range of what most people need due to stress which is measured by cortisol levels causing magnesium to be dumped into the sweat in increasing quantities. (2)
There are several things that can cause magnesium to be stripped from the body such as chemical stress loads from radiation, chemicals and heavy metals that put a strain on the organs, tissues and cells. Magnesium mediates a large part of our body’s ability to deal with and remove these toxic attacks. Toxicity will increase as magnesium levels fall which means we will see an appearance of more allergic reactions, are more susceptible to illness, suffer from diabetes and generally have more heart complications since magnesium is the ultimate heart medicine and a deficiency in this mineral will be seen in every case of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and neurological decline.
Dr. Leo Galland, MD states:
“Magnesium deficiency increases the susceptibility to the physiologic damage produced by stress. The adrenergic efects of psychological stress induce a shift of magnesium from the intracellular to the extracellular space, increasing urinary excretion and eventually depleting body stores.” 
The link between stress and magnesium deficiency cannot be ignored. Today’s stressful world put’s a toll on our bodies and our magnesium levels get driven further down. Not only does stress eat up our magnesium stores at such a high rate but how we are able to deal with our stress is also failing. Since most of us do not understand what the real problem is, we turn to booze and other substances to mask a problem that even our doctors won’t come forward about.(You can’t put a patent on a natural compound, only chemical compounds!) The truth is medicines will always be prescribed before nutrients.Worldwide, sales of anti-pychotics went from 263 million in 1986 to 11.2 billion in 2004. God only knows what these numbers have climbed to now that we are in 2017.
Paul Mason states:
“Magnesium deficiency causes serotonin deficiency with possible resultant aberrant behaviors, including depression suicide or irrational violence.” 
“The Department of Family Medicine, Pomeranian Medical Academy, states that dietetic factors can play a significant role in the origin of ADHD and that magnesium deficiency can result in disruptive behavior. Even a mild deficiency of magnesium can cause sensitiveness to noise, nervousness, irritability, mental depression, confusion, twitching, trembling, apprehension, and insomnia. A significant number of researchers have shown that as much as 60-90% of illnesses are directly caused or exacerbated by stress. (3) And in fact, numerous studies have shown that stress is related to major illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.”
It is clear that magnesium deficiency or imbalance plays a role in the symptoms of mood disorders. Observational and experimental studies have shown an association between magnesium and aggression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. 
How to Treat Magnesium Deficiency 
Oral supplementation is one way to treat this epidemic but you can also apply a magnesium chloride oil to the skin which will go directly into the bloodstream. This is especially beneficial to those suffering with malabsorption issues. 

1. Food and Supplement

Consume foods rich in magnesium like kelp, halibut, mackerel, cocoa, wheat germ, leafy greens, nuts and seeds. It can be difficult to eat enough of these foods to ensure you are getting adequate amounts of magnesium.Try adding vibrant greens to fruit smoothies to get more magnesium each day. 

Taking magnesium supplements like Membrane Complex can also help you consume more magnesium. Some supplements can have a laxative side effect. If you are sensitive to magnesium supplements it is best to take magnesium transdermally.

2. Magnesium Oil

Magnesium Oil can be rubbed or sprayed on your skin. Some people find that it leaves their skin feeling a little itchy and dry. If you don’t like the feeling of the magnesium oil you can spray in on your skin and leave it on for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you can shower off the oil. I personally like to spray it on the soles of my feet, rub them for about 5 minutes, then put socks over them. It helps me to feel so relaxed! 

3. Swim in the ocean

Ocean water is rich in magnesium! If you live near a beach, take a swim in the ocean and absorb the magnesium.

4. Epsom Salt Baths or Magnesium Chloride Baths

Take an epsom salt bath or magnesium flake bath 2-3 times a week or daily if you can. Dr.Carolyn Dean suggested 2 cups of epsom salts for baths and 1 cup of epsom salts in foot baths. 

Make sure to use a chlorine bath ball to filter chlorine from your bath. If you don’t have a chlorine filter you can add bentonite clay into your bath water. The bentonite clay will help to absorb a lot of the chlorine in the water. (4) 


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