Updated: Aug 2, 2019
Did you know that 18% of the U.S. population suffers from some sort of anxiety? Anxiety can result from of a combination of genetics, brain chemistry and stressful life events. (1)
If you struggle with anxious thoughts and overwhelming stress, it could be connected to a magnesium deficiency. People who are chronically deficient in magnesium experience a wide range of symptoms including anxiety, panic attacks, nervousness and insomnia. (2) In fact, the connection between magnesium and anxiety is so strong that researchers are able to induce anxiety in lab animals by depriving them of magnesium. (3)
Magnesium helps calm anxiety and stress in a variety of ways.
1) Calms your mind. It does this by stimulating GABA production. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter that helps your brain turn “off” and relax.
2) Relieves stress. When you’re feeling stressed out, your body releases stress hormones that consume magnesium and leave you feeling tense. Magnesium helps replenish your levels when you’ve been stressed, and it also works to prevent the release of stress hormones from the onset.
3) Reduces inflammation. Inflammation can take place anywhere in your body, and when it occurs in your brain, anxiety can be a symptom. By using magnesium to reduce overall inflammation levels in the body, you can also reduce your anxious response. (4)
4) Increases brain plasticity. Your brain has the ability to heal and rewire its hardware (known as neuroplasticity). Magnesium is one of the few available minerals that can help support this rewiring, and it can even help boost results derived from cognitive behavioral therapy. (3)
We all have different stressors in our life, and sometimes we can handle them with no problem. But if you’re suffering from more than just occasional stress, magnesium may make all the difference in your body’s ability to keep anxiety at bay.
Magnesium oil will work topically on your body to increase your magnesium levels, but if you need to be more zen RIGHT NOW, try pouring our magnesium bath flakes into a warm bath and soaking for about 20 minutes. The combination of the magnesium and the relaxing warmth can help you feel calmer right away.
We hope this helps!