Why should you reach for topical magnesium in times of uncertainty and stress?

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How can magnesium support us while we work tirelessly to find our footing in 2020?

Stress and burnout are inevitable if we push ahead into an uncertain future without finding the time to take care of ourselves along the way.

Let’s talk a bit more about that…

It’s safe to say that many of us are probably feeling heightened levels of tension, stress, and anxiety as a result of the unexpected shifts in society. 2020 has presented a relentless barrage of forced change and evolution, and on top of that, we’re in the middle the most important civil rights movement of our time. The start of a new decade has presented us important opportunities to take action for social change and ended up giving us the shock we needed to see so much of what was amiss with the world around us.

Let’s be real, though. Before all of this, stress had already been a regular part of our everyday lives. We had been dealing with unhealthy expectations and societal pressures that made us feel like the only way forward was to focus on propelling ourselves and our careers forward; to always focusing on want we needed to achieve and how we were going to end up there.

Fast forward to June 2020, and we’re all starting to feel a strong sense of burnout. Not that we can afford to lose momentum, as there’s a fight for human rights underway, but we’re losing sleep. We’re finding it difficult to nestle into a routine. We may not be eating as healthily as we could be.

The last thing you’re probably thinking to do is to maintain your magnesium levels… right? Well, if there’s one thing you could be doing to take better care of yourself, it would be to make magnesium a part of your everyday routine.

We have all been programmed to accept stress as a normal fact of life. As something we all deal with; something that comes and goes when things simply get ‘busy’. That stress lingers, though, and it can have a profoundly negative impact on both our physical and mental wellbeing.

Stress begets magnesium deficiency; magnesium deficiency begets stress

Research shows time and time again that stress is one of the leading contributors to a number of mental and physical illnesses(1). Stress is also one of the leading contributors to magnesium deficiency, which can lead to pain, discomfort and diseases that plague the human body. When you are magnesium deficient, you are more susceptible to anything from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) to something as debilitating as chronic depression(2).

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How can Magnesium help?

When we’re stressed, certain parts of our bodies tend to hold tension and become inflamed. This contributes to sensations of pain, stiffness, and overall escalation of stress. The NCBI studied the effects of magnesium supplementation on subjective anxiety and stress(3), noting that existing evidence (while limited) shows a clear connection in its ability to calm anxiety, anger, frustration and tension. It does this by assisting the entire body in achieving a relaxed state, including: the nervous system, muscle tension, cramping, spasms and even various types of inflammation. Imagine maintaining that stressed state while your entire body feels relaxed… it seems almost impossible, right? This is the power that Magnesium has over stress.

The magical mineral is trusted and recommended by conventional medical and natural practitioner communities alike. Not only for its ability to relax us in times of stress, but also for its ability to give us back the power to seek a much deeper sleep. For most of us, a lack of good quality rest is often the root cause for stress. That being said, by committing to giving ourselves the gift of sleep, we are then able to recognize and overcome many of the emotional/physical health challenges we face.

How does this all link back to Magnesium? Well, less sleep can cause stress, and that stress can cause a continued lack of sleep. Both of these issues work to quickly drain your Magnesium levels, preventing you from maintaining a sense of calm or ever reaching that relaxed state – meaning you likely won’t ever be well-rested or relaxed enough to slip into a restorative state of sleep.

We advocate for all types of Magnesium, both oral and topical. However, the truth is that when we take Magnesium orally, we lose much of it in the digestion process. Nutrients battle within our digestive tract for absorption and Magnesium is excreted via our urine. Therefore, we’re never able to fully absorb the entire amount of dosage we take orally. On the other hand, topical Magnesium is a wonderful compliment to oral Magnesium as there is no need for it to navigate the digestion process. Our customers report fast, effective, and noticeable results due to the superior absorption method. Furthermore, topical magnesium continues to be a favoured product amongst our customers for pain relief when applied directly over areas of discomfort.

So, you might be asking – how should I use Nourished Magnesium for stress management? It’s so easy – just apply the cream or body spray to the lower abdomen 1 to 3 times daily or apply locally to any areas of discomfort. Massage to absorb and you’re good to go!

(1) STRESS AND HEALTH: Psychological, Behavioral, and Biological Determinants.
(2) Role of magnesium supplementation in the treatment of depression: A randomized clinical trial PDF.
(3) The Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on Subjective Anxiety and Stress-A Systematic Review.

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