Magnesium, How I Love You
HOW MAGNESIUM SAVED MY LIFE
Anyone who knows me knows that “relaxed” is not a word ever used in defining me. Stressed out, nervous energy, emotionally whacked out at times, yes. Relaxed, never. A few years ago, however, it was getting really bad. I was even getting terrible chest pains and heart palpitations on top of the crazy. Finally, one day, my mom said, “Honey, I don't think you're getting enough Magnesium."
Really? I'm freaking out over something really huge....like my shoelace is broken... and my mom is telling me to take magnesium? (Crazy woman) Fine. I had nothing to lose. I felt like I was losing my mind anyway. What could a little magnesium hurt. Besides, it would make mom happy.
Turns out... it made me happy as well.
Lack of Magnesium Can Cause Depression
Now, it's not a miracle cure, and it doesn't work for everyone. But for those of us who are deficient in magnesium, taking magnesium supplements is like waving a magic wand.
I did some research to see if it was just a fluke. It wasn't. What I found out was amazing. According to drsircus.com “Even a mild deficiency of magnesium can cause increased sensitivity to noise, nervousness, irritability, mental depression, confusion, twitching, trembling, apprehension, and insomnia.”
I looked further. According to The book "The Miracle of Magnesium" written by Dr Carolyn Dean MD ND published by Ballantine 2003 New York, the following symptoms can be caused by magnesium deficiency:
tension (muscle & emotional)
tightness - inability to relax
hypersensitive - high strung - on edge
Magnesium was considered a sedative at the website: http://drlwilson.com/articles/emotions_and_behavior.htm
But, then, I found one of the most intriguing articles of all. Psychology Today published an article by Doctor Emily Deans entitled Magnesium and the Brain: The Original Chill Pill
In this article Dr. Deans discusses the neurological and physical effects of magnesium deficiency. Apparently not only can lacking in magnesium leave you stressed out and emotional, being stressed out can burn up your magnesium leaving you with a deficiency. This vicious cycle can not only lead to emotional and mental disorders, but also to heart attacks, and ultimately, death.
Calcium is the Bad Guy?
Oddly enough, stress and poor eating habits are not the only culprits causing magnesium deficiencies. Along with the aforementioned, the other culprit is Calcium. Yes. Calcium. We've become obsessed with making sure we get enough calcium, so it's been added to most of the foods we consume, and many older women even take supplements to ensure they don't develop osteoporosis. While making sure we get enough calcium is not a bad thing there is a subtle undercurrent at work here that can be hurting us... to the point of severe depression and death. From what I have read, it seems that calcium can keep your body from getting the magnesium it needs. For more information on the Calcium connection, check out Dr. Oz at the following link:
Magnesium.. "The Original Chill Pill..."
Dr. Deans also states in her article that “magnesium seems to act on many levels in the hormonal axis and regulation of the stress response. Magnesium can suppress the ability of the hippocampus to stimulate the ultimate release of stress hormone, it can reduce the release of ACTH (the hormone that tells your adrenal glands to get in gear and pump out that cortisol and adrenaline), and it can reduce the responsiveness of the adrenal glands to ACTH. In addition, magnesium can act at the blood brain barrier to prevent the entrance of stress hormones into the brain.” This is why she nicknames magnesium the “Original Chill Pill”.
I've noticed, since taking magnesium supplements on a regular basis, that I'm more calm, and less likely to cry. My chest pains are almost completely gone, and I rarely get heart palpitations. I'm still crazy, but I'm a more relaxed, happy crazy. Thank you, mom