Did you know that magnesium is required for more than 300 of the biochemical reactions that take place within our bodies?
We can source it from many foods and it’s rare to be truly deficient, however there are certain conditions that I see women experiencing that can disrupt the body’s magnesium balance. When there is ongoing stress (from emotional reasons, but also physically), as magnesium is required by the body to produce our stress hormone adrenalin, our requirements for Magnesium can become much greater when we are producing excessive amounts of stress hormones, as your body’s priority is to keep you safe and away from any danger it perceives you to be in, so rather than saving magnesium for it’s crucial role in keeping our bones strong (among others) it will be used to produce adrenalin.
Some symptoms you may experience without adequate magnesium:
• mood changes like anxiety
• trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep
• changes in bowel movements to constipation
• signs your detoxification systems need support such as breast tenderness, fibroids, heavy periods, endometriosis, menstrual cramping and migraines
Magnesium is found in nourishing foods such as dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, and dark chocolate.
While it can be beneficial to supplement at times, making self care a priority is important for reducing your bodies perceived stress and maintaining your balance of magnesium.