Stress is a response to circumstances which force a person to act quickly, change, or make some adjustment to keep things in balance. The circumstance which forces a person to act is called a stressor. Stress is also defined as intense feelings created by the stimulus of certain events. When a person is stressed, his/her body automatically jumps into an action which is called a fight or flight response. Stress is further defined as an emotional and physical provocation caused by pressure from a given situation. The good news is that everybody faces stress to a certain degree and it is normal to be stressed some as we are living in a world full of challenges and provocations. Stress causes our bodies to respond quickly and jump into a defensive mode. It is quite normal to fight the stressor, or just ignore it and simply walk away.
When we are stressed, our bodies immediately respond to the stressors by telling our nervous systems and stress hormones that it is time to act. When we face a threatening situation, our hypothalamus informs the adrenal glands to produce more hormones, adrenaline and as well as cortisol, and release them into the bloodstream. Experiments where adrenaline is given intravenously shows it decreases magnesium as well as calcium, potassium, and sodium. This proves that when you are in a revved-up state and burning adrenaline, you are also burning off magnesium.
There are more than a dozen major metabolic processes that are affected by bursts of adrenaline, including heart rate, blood pressure, blood vessel constriction, and contraction of all muscles, including the heart. Thus, we feel palpitation, shortness of breath, and we may experience high blood pressure. All these symptoms are the body’s defense to the stress. Our blood vessels open wide, thus allowing more blood to flow to the muscles. Stored glucose from the liver pours into the blood stream to create much needed energy. And, guess, what? Each of these functions requires magnesium to bring them back into balance.
Prolonged stress can create magnesium deficient anxiety. Anxiety can also be created when fear is present – fears stemming from predictable or unpredictable situations, which may be real or imaginary. Although anxiety is a terrifying experience it is, unless taken to the extreme, not dangerous at all. It is a common human emotion. Anxiety is part and parcel of our everyday life. Anxiety is about worries, concerns, nervousness, and stress. In fact, to feel anxious occasionally is fine because it prepares us to be ready for actual challenges. But persistent and prolonged stress that keeps the body off balance may be related to magnesium and mineral deficiency.
Millions of people try unsuccessfully to cope with stress and anxiety by taking pharmaceuticals or through behaviors that put even more stress on the body such as overeating, cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse, or use of street drugs. We are a nation suffering a 32 percent incidence of stress-related 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 your stress, anxiety, or panic is rooted in a magnesium deficiency, good news is coming your way. Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle [2017 Edition] believes that magnesium supplementation is a safe, effective solution to the fight or flight response to stress and anxiety. Her confidence and knowledge is backed up by credible medical and scientific references and anecdotal data gather from years of clinical experience. Consistent, daily use of a highly absorbed liquid magnesium clinically shown to improve magnesium levels with just one dose…well, your depleted body may experience immediate relief. When stacked against its ‘competitors’ magnesium is inexpensive, easy to use, and does not promote side effects like pharmaceutical products or other psychological soothers like nicotine, alcohol, sugar, etc.
Tonight on Dr. Carolyn Dean LIVE we’re going to talk with our listeners about stress – panic – and anxiety – all the forms and ways it finds you and what strategies you can employ to smooth out your experience and live a lighter, brighter experience. You will love hearing the beneficial interactions with callers and hosts alike including the body/mind connection, identifying the ‘conflict’ in the ‘conflict basis’ of disease and much more!!
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