NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY
Here are some of the natural remedies that can be used to treat anxiety, together with any necessary warnings of potential side-effects.
Magnesium and Calcium
Magnesium and calcium are two of the most important minerals in the body. They are also good natural remedies for anxiety.
To remove calcium ions our body needs enzymes and energy; central to both is the element magnesium. Think of it like a sea-saw, calcium tenses, magnesium relaxes.
When we are anxious our body tenses, calcium ions rush into our muscle cells, when we relax, calcium ions with the assistance of magnesium are removed from the muscle cells.
Look at the symptoms of magnesium deficiency: fatigue, insomnia, muscle twitching, irritability, rapid heartbeat, and numbness.
They are familiar symptoms for an anxious person. However, we must remember that magnesium always works in association with calcium.
Calcium works with magnesium in its functions in the blood, nerves, and muscles, particularly in regulating heart and muscle contraction and nerve conduction.
They work together but usually at either end of the sea-saw. Calcium is the tensing mineral, involved in muscle contraction whereas magnesium is the relaxant, assisting in muscle relaxation.
Depressed or anxious people often have excessive calcium levels. As calcium and magnesium always work in tandem, this means that anxious or depressed people will often have a deficiency of magnesium.
Add to this the fact that stress itself increases the need for magnesium and we have the picture of the "uptight", never able to relax, magnesium deficient, and anxious personality type.
An anxiety picture with a lot of muscle tension, particularly if there is also twitching, insomnia and headaches points to a magnesium deficiency.
Do you recognise yourself? If so, magnesium supplementation or a diet high in magnesium may be useful.
Magnesium is found in green leafy vegetables, in nuts and whole grains. Seeds, legumes (peas and beans) and leafy greens, especially spinach, are all good sources of magnesium. The recommended daily supplementation of magnesium is 250-350 mg.
If you are already taking calcium supplements and you suffer from anxiety it is essential that you also take magnesium.
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