Today’s post is all about magnesium and anxiety. We know that being deficient in a variety of different nutrients can actually cause or worsen anxiety but did you know that getting more of the right nutrients can actually increase your ability to properly manage stress? Anxiety itself can also deplete nutrient levels, so the more anxious you are, the faster your body will burn through its nutrients. And the lower your nutrient levels, the more anxiety you’ll have. A vicious cycle if ever I heard one.
However, making sure you get enough magnesium can make a profound difference.
Magnesium is a vital mineral that is involved in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body and sadly a lot of people are deficient in magnesium today. Magnesium is absolutely essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system and not getting enough of it can significantly increase your anxiety.
Research shows that low magnesium levels contribute to and worsen anxiety: in fact, one recent study found that a magnesium deficiency can increase anxiety by changing the composition of gut bacteria. How amazing is that? The good news is that there are loads of studies that conclude that magnesium supplementation can reduce anxiety in humans and improve anxiety-related disorders. Plenty of researchers have also found that magnesium has a calming effect by activating GABA (A) receptors. These are the same receptors activated by anti-anxiety medication.
So make sure you’re eating magnesium rich foods on a regular basis, including spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, almonds, avocado, dark chocolate and bananas. You can now buy magnesium flakes in many health food shops and they are great way to increase your body’s intake of magnesium – just add a couple of cups to your bath or a footbath and relax for 20 minutes.
And there you have it – a magnesium infused warm bath whilst munching dark chocolate to help you relax, relieve anxiety AND keep you warm and cosy in this snowy, wintery weather.
Take care everyone x