It’s a frightening time. Everyone we know has been affected by the coronovirus pandemic in one way or another. For many, the uncertainty surrounding these dynamic, fluid changes may be more threatening than the virus itself. Yet, life has a way of demanding adaptation from us all so responding positively to these changes is important.
One powerful, positive response to protecting your heart and mind from excessive and overwhelming stress from may be appropriate nutritional support. Researchers have found that several parts of the brain, as well as biological processes, play a key role in fear and anxiety. The longer the body is required to to respond to excessive stressors, chemical imbalances are certain to occur. A simple strategy for relief: keep your body properly saturated with magnesium.
Dr. Dean has written about the biochemical cause of anxiety as it relates to magnesium deficiency and the adrenal glands in The Magnesium Miracle. The following excerpt is from Chapter One:
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 release. Magnesium calms the nervous system and relaxes muscle tension, helping reduce anxiety and panic attacks.
In Chapter Three of The Magnesium Miracle, “Anxiety, Depression, Sleep”, Dr. Dean poses the following question:
How do we graduate from being a calm person in control of our nervous system to an anxious, fearful individual? I think it’s due to a gradual, but chronic, decrease in magnesium reserves. When the body is stressed – and it can be for a dozen different reasons, our magnesium reserves dump this crucial mineral into our blood stream and we immediately become one of those people blessed with the ability to cope. We are both calm and alert. Our friends and relatives think it’s just who we are but it’s really how much magnesium we have in reserve.
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 a stressor, the stress hormones (adrenalin and cortisol) do not elicit a magnesium response with its calming effect. In its place, 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 themselves with overeating, cigarettes, alcohol, street drugs, and other addictive behavior 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.
The most important aspect in magnesium saturation for anxiety is to use a form of magnesium that is non-laxative so you can take enough to make a difference in your health. That form of magnesium that we recommend is ReMag – a picometer, stabilized ionic magnesium at the highest concentration available – 60,000ppm.
Another crucial aspect of successful magnesium saturation is to be committed to the process and stick with it long enough to achieve your desired results. Magnesium is not a drug that will suppress your symptoms; it is a necessary cofactor that makes the body function properly. You need enough magnesium to make all your enzyme processes perform smoothly, and to have sufficient magnesium tucked away in reserve. That does not happen overnight. However, within days or weeks most people start to sleep more deeply, relax and breathe more deeply and show improvement over time.