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It’s Time to Relax: Magnesium Could be the Key

Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body, regulating many of the biochemical processes needed for the body to run efficiently. It controls blood pressure regulation, blood glucose, heart, and protein synthesis to name a few and is a vital mineral for every cell in our bodies.

The unfortunate reality is that many of us are deficient, even though magnesium can be found in foods we enjoy regularly such as nuts, leafy greens, whole grains and a variety of vegetables. The problem with having a deficiency is that we are not able to function optimally and missing out on some very important benefits.

One of the benefits you may not be aware of is magnesium’s ability to promote relaxation, something our fast-paced society is missing out on these days. Life is moving faster than ever before and if you’re like me, you may find that you feel as though you are in a state of constant anxiety.

Despite feeling burnt out and completely exhausted, you can’t seem to relax or get the rest you need to get through your day and getting a good night sleep seems like a distant memory.

The good news is that Magnesium can change that. Chemically, magnesium is responsible for activating the parasympathetic nervous system and regulating the neurotransmitters which tell your brain and body to relax. The problem is that if you have low levels of magnesium, your brain may not get the message, which is why you can’t seem to shut down, despite feeling depleted and exhausted.

According to Dr. Raj Dasgupta, professor of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at the University of Southern California, “magnesium deficiency has been associated with higher levels of stress, anxiety, and difficulty relaxing, which are key ingredients to getting a good sleep at night.” 

What can you do?

Although getting more magnesium may be as simple as getting more magnesium-rich foods into your diet, others may find that adding a supplement is a better option.

The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter how you get more magnesium, as long as you’re getting enough. You may just find that the ability to relax and finally get some must needed sleep can change your outlook on life for the better!

Please be sure to consult with your nutritionally informed physician, prior to starting or stopping any new health regimen.


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https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201106/magnesium-and-the-brain-the-original-chill-pill
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Maria Pease 

Health & Wellness Writer Bio

Maria Pease is a freelance health & wellness content writer based in Southport, North Carolina. She has written about health & wellness for more than twenty-five years and has partnered with a variety of companies doing the most amazing work. She loves being able to write about health topics that can change lives for the better.