By: Katie Skinner
What causes stress in your life? Maybe the better question is what doesn’t cause stress in your life? Work, school, raising a family, and money can all be sources of stress that can effect our mental, physical, and emotional well-being. For many people, combating stress involves unhealthy habits like smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, binging on sugary or fatty foods and lashing out others. These unhealthy habits might temporarily relieve some tension but will most likely create much larger problems if done in excess. Taking magnesium, known as the relaxation mineral, has shown to be a simple solution for fighting stress for many people. Adding magnesium to the diet has been shown to not only fight stress after it has started, but also prepare the body to better adapt to stressful situations in the future.
Magnesium is a major mineral and is needed by the body in larger quantities. Magnesium is found in food sources like kelp, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, millet, tofu, brown rice, figs, collard greens, parsley, beans and garlic. Magnesium levels can be depleted by excess alcohol, salt, coffee and soda intake, profuse sweating, stress and some prescription drugs. An improper balance of calcium and magnesium can also deplete magnesium levels (too much calcium can deplete magnesium levels). Calcium and magnesium are like opposite sides of a coin. Calcium excites nerves, while magnesium calms them down. Calcium makes muscles contract. Magnesium is necessary for muscles to relax.
Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D likes to think of Magnesium as the relaxation mineral. According to Dr. Hyman, anything that is tight, achy and stiff, whether it’s a body-part or a mood – is a sign of a magnesium deficiency. Other symptoms that could be a sign of a magnesium deficiency include insomnia, anxiety, irritability, constipation, headaches, migraines, chronic fatigue and PMS. Dr. Hyman also believes magnesium is an essential element needed for heart and bone health.
The top-selling magnesium supplement at The Mustard Seed Natural and Organic Food store is called Natural Calm. Natural Calm has been the best-selling magnesium supplement on the market for over five years in a row. It features a proprietary formula developed by nutritional researcher Peter Gillham, which provides highly absorbable, water-soluble magnesium in ionic form (having molecular charge that allows the element to easily bond with water), so it is ready to go to work right away. Drink stress away naturally with The Anti-Stress Drink,Natural Calm!
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*Disclaimer: Nothing in this article is intended as, or should be construed as, medical advice. This article is for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration. The products mentioned in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.