If you have ever had a panic attack you know it is one of the most terrible experiences you can have. This information may help you from having to experience the awful dread, fear of losing of control, racing thoughts, and overwhelming emotions associated with panic/anxiety attacks.
Anxiety attacks are intense moments of an extreme chemical imbalance in the body and mind that can cause physical symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, abdominal distress, shortness of breath and emotional symptoms such as panic, fear of dying, and dread.
This post is not about the psychological issues behind anxiety. Instead, it references the occurrence of anxiety as an effect of magnesium deficiency and/or an exacerbation of stress-induced anxiety because you don’t have enough magnesium to keep your body relaxed in the face of overwhelming stress.
Dr. Carolyn Dean has written about the biochemical cause of anxiety as it relates to magnesium deficiency and the adrenal glands in The Magnesium Miracle. The following excerpt is from Chapter One:
When the adrenals are no longer protected by sufficient magnesium, the fight-or-flight hormones, adrenaline and noradrenaline become more easily triggered. When they surge erratically, they cause a rapid pulse, high blood pressure, and heart palpitations. The more magnesium-deficient you are, the more exaggerated is the adrenaline release. Magnesium calms the nervous system and relaxes muscle tension, helping reduce anxiety and panic attacks.
When the body is stressed – and it can be for a dozen different reasons, our magnesium reserves dump this crucial mineral into our blood stream and we immediately become one of those people blessed with the ability to cope. We are both calm and alert.
If the stress continues and we don’t rest or replace our magnesium between episodes, our magnesium stores become depleted. Then, when you are faced with a stressor, the stress hormones (adrenalin and cortisol) do not elicit a magnesium response with its calming effect. In its place, adrenalin revs up your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and tenses your muscles in a fight or flight reaction.
You’re stressed out, not sleeping, tense and irritable and you don’t know that simply taking a good magnesium supplement could pull you out of that downward spiral.
Chances are you can alleviate your anxiety and panic related symptoms with therapeutic doses of magnesium.
The most important fact in magnesium therapy for anxiety is to use a form of magnesium that is non-laxative so you can take enough to make a difference in your health. That form of magnesium that we recommend is ReMag – a picometer, stabilized ionic magnesium at the highest concentration available – 60,000ppm.
The next most important fact is that you have to be committed to your protocol and stick with it long enough to achieve your desired results. Magnesium is not a drug that will suppress your symptoms; it is a necessary cofactor that makes the body function properly. You need enough magnesium to make all your enzyme processes perform smoothly, and to have sufficient magnesium tucked away in reserve. That does not happen overnight. However, within days or weeks most people start to feel somewhat better and that improvement builds over time.
Hope this information is helpful to you.
Have a good week,
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