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Magnesium and Stress

If you've ever been to see a Naturopathic Doctor you have probably been asked "How are your stress levels?" Now why would your Doctor ask you about your stress? Well stress has a massive impact on your health and plays a direct role in how your body functions. It doesn't matter what the stress is, whether it is emotional, financial, physical our body's response is the same. Stress causes the release of cortisol and epinephrine from the adrenal glands resulting in the activation of our sympathetic nervous system. This is often called our fight or flight response. Our body's stress response was designed for short term use only, think caveman being chased by a sabertooth tiger. Unfortunately in our modern multitasking hectic lifestyles we now spend most of our time in a sympathetic state instead of our natural parasympathetic "rest and digest state". This can have a dramatic effect on our how our body functions. Chronic stress can lead to hormone imbalances and if left unchecked can result in Adrenal fatigue. Stress also causes magnesium to be released from our cells and increased magnesium wasting, translation Stress Depletes Magnesium. This is of importance because magnesium is required for over 300 metabolic reactions in the body, including the metabolisms of nutrients, production of neurotransmitters, energy production and storage and cell growth. Common symptoms of magnesium deficiency include: Anxiety, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, intestinal problems, lightheadedness, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, and memory loss. Magnesium is essential for health and while we can't avoid stress there are ways to help support your body and ensure that you are able to cope with all the demands life puts on you. To learn more about how stress effects our bodies and what treatments are available, make an appointment to see Dr. Falk today.