My personal experience of magnesium depletion was in hindsight a golden nugget as it showed me just how powerful this one mineral is to balancing our biochemistry. Nobody really thinks about energy until it’s gone and then life becomes a scramble for it. A lack of energy makes you want to take anything to get that feeling of energy back, but no matter how many stimulants you take that underlying depletion is there. Everything becomes such an effort. I took to the bed hoping that rest would restore me and when it didn’t I began to feel helpless, anxious and depressed. I knew there was something seriously wrong. I was only 18 and my 66-year-old grandmother had more energy than me!
The medical approach was drugs for epilepsy which I declined (I did not have epilepsy) and antidepressants which I took because I felt desperate. I wanted to get back to my own life, to feel like me again and to be able to return to college. The years I took anti-depressant medication were difficult as although I was coping with the way I was feeling I did not feel well. Any form of stress would make me panic and anxious and I had no real energy.
Once my studies in university were complete I was in the zone for seeking solutions to my predicament. I was led to Nutritional Therapist Barbara Wren, author of Cellular Awakening. Under her care and guidance, I was given a specific diet and one of the minerals I took was magnesium. My body responded positively and over three months my energy started to come back. The brain fog that had plagued me for years lifted and in 6 months I was back to a better version of the old me. Move over Granny.
I immersed myself in studying everything I could about magnesium and the first thing I wondered was how I had become so deficient? Magnesium deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in modern times and is caused by two main reasons. Soil depletion and stress. Soils have become depleted because of industrial agricultural practices that use chemical fertilisers. These chemicals prevent crops from taking up minerals such as magnesium from the soil. Widespread usage of pesticides and herbicides further reduce the uptake of magnesium. Is it little wonder that 80% of people are experiencing health problems due to a lack of magnesium in our diet?
Stress can cause a magnesium deficiency or a magnesium deficiency can trigger the stress reaction. Stress causes urinary losses of magnesium. You know how it is when the ringtone of the person next to you in a supermarket queue acts like a frenzied grater on your nerves. Then your boyfriend forgets to clean the apartment prior to your arrival and you have a total melt- down. Cortisol and adrenaline, the fight/ flight chemicals either unleash your inner psycho or make you want to run away in a grand dramatic gesture. Take your pick.
The good news is we can replete our magnesium stores. Lately I have been using a magnesium oil. Magnesium oil is recommended by Dr. Caroline Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle. I tend to use it in the morning after a shower when I spray 3-4 sprays of oil onto my skin. What is so great about the oil is that it bypasses the gastrointestinal tract and is absorbed transdermally by the skin where it goes directly to the tissues that need it most. How cool is that? I literally feel my skin drinking it in. The magnesium chloride in the oil stimulates DHEA (a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland) production on the skin. This makes you feel happy and balanced in your body.
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