The Mineral for Election Stress
By Carolyn Dean MD ND
No matter how you look at this election, no matter who you voted for, or didn’t vote for, nearly half the people in the country are not happy. But before you run for a prescription, read this.
If you’ve been blowing off steam on social media or marching in the streets, you’re bound to be burning off magnesium! That volatility, irritability, and angst are only heightened by magnesium deficiency.
And, if you’ve been glued to your TV or computer for several days, you’re probably not eating properly. Or you may be elated about the results and can experience the same magnesium burn out and the same distraction from your daily routine. Above all, don’t get stuck in post-election emotions – either up or down – because of the magnesium drain they cause.
Here are 3 interesting facts about magnesium, anxiety and depression:
1. Magnesium supports our adrenal glands, which are overworked by stress leading to combined magnesium deficiency symptoms and adrenal exhaustion symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia, confusion, and anger.
2. Serotonin, the “feel-good” brain chemical that is artificially boosted by antidepressant medications, depends on magnesium for its production and function.
3. Magnesium deficiency has been strongly linked to sleep disorders, which can either cause or increase anxiety.
Adrenal fatigue follows after a time of chronic stress, anxiety, and panic attacks. Adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol (elevated in chronic stress) deplete magnesium. Stress causes excess elimination of magnesium through the urine, further compounding magnesium deficiency. Stress is such an overworked word, but we all suffer physical, emotional, and mental stress every day, and every bit of it drains magnesium.
Anxiety and panic attacks
When the adrenals are no longer protected by sufficient magnesium, the fight-or-flight hormones, adrenaline and noradrenaline become more easily triggered. When they surge erratically, they cause a rapid pulse, high blood pressure, and heart palpitations. The more magnesium-deficient you are, the more exaggerated is the adrenaline response. Magnesium calms the nervous system, relaxes muscle tension, and lowers the pulse rate, helping to reduce anxiety and panic attacks.
If the stress continues and we don’t rest or replace our magnesium between episodes, our magnesium stores become depleted. Then, when you are faced with the next stressor, your stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) don’t activate your magnesium reserves with a calming effect. Instead, adrenalin revs up your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure, and tenses your muscles in a fight or flight reaction.
Millions of people try unsuccessfully to cope with their problems or medicate their stress with overeating, cigarettes, alcohol, street drugs, and other addictive behaviors to suppress their pain. We are a nation suffering a 32 percent incidence of anxiety, depression, and drug problems. Instead of treating stress reactions properly with magnesium, each year millions of people are introduced to the merry-go-round of psychiatric drugs and psychological counseling for symptoms that may in fact be rooted in magnesium deficiency.
If you’re stressed out, not sleeping, tense, and irritable, simply taking a good magnesium supplement could pull you out of that downward spiral.
Try ReMag® ionic liquid magnesium. It’s the fastest path from magnesium deficient to magnesium sufficient.
Dr. Carolyn Dean
Dr. Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor and naturopath, and the author of over 35 books including best seller The Magnesium Miracle along with IBS for Dummies, Hormone Balance, and Death by Modern Medicine. In 2011, she launched RnA ReSet and brought her 50 years of experience into the development of proprietary, unique formulations that give every individual at any stage of wellness or illness the building blocks for sustained health, vitality and well-being.