Let’s talk anxiety.
I have it, you have it, your dog probably has it.
For whatever reason it’s being caused, there are plenty of ways to deal. Taking magnesium supplements is one way I’ve gone about dealing.
Magnesium is naturally found in our bodies and helps with overall health. It’s actually involved in over 300 biochemical functions in the body, such as regulating heartbeat rhythms and helping neurotransmitter functions. (Dr. Axe)
Magnesium deficiencies are common in the US and people often don’t realize this can cause muscle cramps, anxiety, trouble sleeping and poor digestion. I started taking magnesium oxide supplements on nights when I know I’m too rattled to fall asleep. I live in New York City, the loudest city in the country, I swear, and am also getting my Masters. So, some nights I have trouble relaxing.
Before I get too deep into my personal reasons, lets talk benefits.
- Helps Calm Your Nerves: One of the major benefits of taking magnesium is that it helps your body produce “happy hormones” like serotonin. Magnesium regulated hormones are crucial for the brain to be able to calm your nerves, which promotes relaxation.
- Treats Insomnia and Helps You Fall Asleep: This is my favorite benefit. Magnesium does a lot of great things for your body. It helps relax your muscles, quiet racing minds, and helps your heart rate so that you’re more likely to get a better nights sleep.
- Prevents Migraine Headaches: To put it simply- Magnesium is able to help control migraine pain by releasing pain-reducing hormones, and by reducing constriction of blood vessels, which is what causes migraines and headaches in general.
There are TONS of other benefits, but these are the three that made me want to post about the supplement. Pain and anxiety are tough to deal with sometimes. I mean, I get it, I’ve been there.
I’ve also grown up with migraines since I was seven and only over the last year and a half did I stop getting them. There’s a lot of people out there who get migraines and have no help in controlling the pain. Magnesium is a newer find which helps with this. Make sure to check with your doctor or neurologist before you start taking the supplement regularly, of course.
After becoming the Google-Self-Doctor-Hypochondriac that I am, I found that Magnesium Oxide is most easily absorbed of all the different kinds. For women, it’s also typical to take about 300mg a day, including the food you eat that already has magnesium in it! i.e. dark leafy greens, nuts, whole grains. It is possible to overdose on magnesium so it’s important not to take more than the recommended daily amount.
Again, make sure you’re checking with a doctor before self diagnosing and taking supplements of any kind, and also research around to see how many Mg to take and what kind of supplements would best suit your body!
Hope this helps you all relax a little better each night.
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