MAGNESIUM AND STRESS

Stress is a response to circumstances which forces 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 of the time. It is normal to be stressed out 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 run 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. 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. The body immediately starts sweating to cool itself down. All these happen to prepare the body for the fight or flight response. Again, it is good news that the body is performing its natural function of handling the situation. Once the stress is over, the body returns to its normal mode.

There is good stress as well as bad stress. Good stress prepares us for challenges and enables us to face any stressful situation. But there are stressful situations which have long lasting effects on the body. It forces the body to deplete all its stored energy. If the nervous system stays activated for a long time, it will gradually weaken the immune system and cause many problems. Stress also instigates both physical and mental agony.

 


MAGNESIUM AND DEPRESSION

According to Eby and Eby (2009) from the Eby Research Institute, Austin , Texas , depression is a mental illness related to severe neuronal magnesium deficiency.  The American Heritage Dictionary describes depression as a psychiatric disorder characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, loss of appetite, feelings of extreme sadness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness. A depressed person suddenly loses interest in life and has feelings of extreme sadness deep inside. Depression causes grave mental anguish not only to the sufferer but to his family and loved ones as well. Trauma, estranged relationships between family members can trigger depression. 

It is a common mental illness which attacks millions of people in the world.  Depression can attack a person at any age. Depression is caused by stressful personal situation such as underlying disease like hepatitis C, malfunction of brain chemistry, hormonal imbalances, low cholesterol, food allergy, heavy metal deposits in the body and reaction from drugs. It is very difficult to determine why a person becomes depressed since there are a variety of reasons for this.

 The good news about depression is that it is common to be depressed for a while. The best news about depression is that it is curable. Include magnesium in your diet. Nevertheless, it must be pointed out that depression may set in because of a combination of factors, including genes, brain chemistry and psychological and environmental factors. Depression also happens when the brain messengers cannot communicate with each other properly to pass on the intended messages.  

 


MAGNESIUM AND ANXIETY

 WHAT IS ANXIETY?

Anxiety can be defined as a condition which results in immense fear 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 if it interferes with our daily work and normal life, then it is disruptive. Anxiety disorder is very common and it affects millions all over the world.  The good news is that anxiety is not a sign of madness or insanity. Anxiety can attack any person regardless of age, status and social standing. It can become so severe that it can virtually interfere with sleep, appetite, concentration and deprives people of leading normal lives. 

MAGNESIUM AND ANXIETY TREATMENT

Anxiety is triggered by the body's response to exhaustion, mental stress or emotion. The body reacts to the fight or flight response. According to Dr. Carolyn Dean (2007), magnesium is a possible solution to treating anxiety or depression. Shower your depleted body with magnesium chloride and you may immediately feel the relief. It is cheap, easy to use and does not promote suicidal tendencies.

 Studies indicate that many of the disorders or health problems such as allergies, chemical sensitivities, anxiety and psychiatric disorders, aorta strength, asthma, Attention Deficit Disorder, calcification of soft tissues including heart valve and diabetes are all related to magnesium deficiencies (Yang, 1998). "Depression and anxiety are much related and I think magnesium helps reduce the same phenomena in the brain. I would always recommend that people use a nutritional approach to depression before actually using antidepressants because mostly they don't work well," says Dr. Carolyn Dean.

 Dr. Michael B. Schachter M.D., F.A.C.A.M. (1996) has this to say:"Magnesium deficiency can cause anxiety, insomnia, and other mental illness. Magnesium is an extremely important and valuable mineral, whose value for good health is just being recognized by conventional physicians. Virtually all biochemical reactions in the body are mediated through enzyme systems. An enzyme system generally consists of three parts. They are a specific protein molecule, another smaller organic compound, which is often a vitamin, such as pyridoxine or vitamin B6, and finally a charged mineral, such as zinc, copper, manganese or magnesium.

Magnesium is a critical co-factor in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body. Each mineral when dissolved in fluids has a characteristic electrical charge, called its valance. Minerals with a charge of plus 1, or univalent cations, include sodium and potassium. Minerals with a charge of plus 2, or divalent cations, include copper, zinc, manganese and magnesium. Potassium and magnesium are the most abundant cations found within the cells of the body with magnesium being the most abundant divalent cation." 

 According to Dr. Natasha Turner, N.D, (Naturopathic Doctor) "Magnesium eases anxiety, improves sleep and stabilizes mood. Individuals with anxiety have been found to have lower levels of magnesium. This may be linked to the fact that a magnesium deficiency causes the release of adrenalin. Also, other studies have found that magnesium supplements reduce the release and effect of stress hormones on the heart, which is an indirect measure of the mineral's effect on the brain."

 In his latest column, "Magnesium: The Stress Reliever”, Dr Leo Galland  called magnesium the "anti-stress mineral," that aids in relaxing nerves, relieving tension, assisting digestion, activating the metabolism of enzymes, protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Magnesium also modulates the electrical potential across all cell membranes. Magnesium is important in the production and transfer of energy, in muscle contraction, relaxation and in nerve functions. It also keeps vertebrae in their proper position, induces restful sleep, purifies and purges body tissues (combats acids, toxins, gases, impurities, and neutralizes poisons), and lowers fever. Magnesium is nature's Tranquilizer. It has a calming and wonderful effect on the nervous system. Essentially, the cure for anxiety disorder is simple.  Take magnesium, magnesium and magnesium. The wonderful news is that anxiety can be treated fully by consuming sufficient quantities of magnesium to relax all tensed muscles.

From the book  

Magnesium: The Health Restorer- The Missing Link to Recovery

By: Dr. Qais Faryadi     

 


SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY INCLUDE:

Anxiety, Hyper-emotionality (crying, grieving or other forms of depression)

Fatigue, Headaches, Insomnia , Light-headedness , Dizziness , Nervous fits ,Lump in throat

Breathing difficulties ,Cramps, strong tingling, pricking ,Creeping feeling on the skin having no real cause

Chest pain (either of a cardiac nature or not) ,Palpitations ,  Dysrhysthmias ,Aynaud's syndrome

Tetany, constipation , Myocardial infarction

Some of these symptoms occur as part of panic attacks, sometimes with feelings of imminent death.

From the book  

Magnesium: The Health Restorer- The Missing Link to Recovery

By: Dr. Qais Faryadi