Suffering from symptoms of anxiety? A simple over the counter supplement might be the easiest natural anxiety treatment!
I’ve suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember. I think it started when I was 3 or 4 so (unfortunately), therefore I am quite experienced in this field. Today, I would like to share some of my acquired knowledge about natural anxiety treatment with you.
Many factors can cause anxiety. That includes emotional, genetic, environmental, etc. While prescription drugs are often the first resort, it turns out that a completely safe over-the-counter mineral could actually be the more effective anxiety treatment.
There is one calming mineral that some reports say 90% of the population is deficient in – magnesium.
Our ancestors had an abundance of magnesium from organ meats, seafood, swimming in the ocean, and rich soil. But it isn’t uncommon to be depleted today. The modern diet is sufficiently lacking in magnesium and our soil is no longer as healthy as it once was.
Stress is also a factor – not only does it worsen anxiety and depression symptoms, it rapidly depletes magnesium from the body. In a time when most people eat poorly, work long hours and stress is commonplace – it’s no wonder why most people are magnesium deficient.
But could this also be the reason why so many people experience anxiety?
Magnesium plays a hugely important role in the body.
Magnesium supports cell growth and development, normal blood pressure, enables thousands of biochemical processes, contributes to the proper functioning of muscles and nerves, and releases the appropriate amount of serotonin in the brain. Without adequate magnesium, the brain will not properly release serotonin.
Magnesium naturally calms the muscular and nervous systems.
People often experience muscle cramps when they are magnesium deficient – it’s the same with anxiety. When a person experiences an anxiety attack, it is likely that they are magnesium deficient – and the stress of an anxiety attack will further deplete the body of this beneficial mineral.
In Psychology Today, Dr. Emily Deans discusses case studies on the effects of magnesium,
A 40 year-old “irritable, anxious, extremely talkative, moderately depressed” smoking, alchohol-drinking, cocaine using male took 125mg magnesium taurinate at each meal and bedtime, and found his symptoms were gone within a week, and his cravings for tobacco, cocaine, and alcohol disappeared. His “ravenous appetite was supressed, and … beneficial weight loss ensued.”
A 59 y/o “hypomanic-depressive male”, with a long history of treatable mild depression, developed anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and insomnia after a year of extreme personal stress and bad diet (“fast food”). Lithium and a number of antidepressants did nothing for him… His sleep was immediately restored, and his anxiety and depression were greatly reduced, though he sometimes needed to wake up in the middle of the night to take a magnesium pill to keep his “feeling of wellness.” A 500mg calcium pill would cause depression within one hour, extinguished by the ingestion of 400mg magnesium.
Since introducing magnesium supplements as an anxiety treatment, I have experienced a HUGE reduction in anxiety.
I had severe panic attacks until I was about 22 when I drastically changed my diet by eliminating processed foods, most grains, and sugar while introducing organ meats, healthy fats and fermented foods (if you would like to overhaul your diet, I suggest checking out my 21-day program).
After that my anxiety was more like a nagging annoyance. Since introducing magnesium supplements, I have been anxiety-free.
What type of magnesium is best for anxiety?
I take regular magnesium baths and use this magnesium supplement. I prefer magnesium glycinate, at it has shown to be most effective for anxiety, stress and sleep. I also recommend magnesium lotion. I highly recommend both. Magnesium lotion before bed improves my sleep. I fall asleep faster without waking up throughout the night.
Are You Magnesium Deficient?
Unfortunately, magnesium tests are often inaccurate. The tests measure magnesium in the blood, while the majority of magnesium found in the body does not reside in the blood. The best way to determine magnesium deficiency is to evaluate the symptoms:
- muscle cramps/spasms
- irregular heartbeat
- trouble falling asleep/staying asleep
- hormonal imbalances