Getting insufficient magnesium raises the risk of anxiety, tension and poor quality sleep. Studies have shown that taking a magnesium supplement helps people fall asleep more quickly, and makes them feel calmer.

Magnesium is quite an amazing mineral. It is required by your body for more than 300 metabolic processes. You probably know that insufficient magnesium intake can raise your risk of suffering with muscle cramps. Magnesium also helps to strengthen your bones. It works along with calcium to help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

When you feel stressed or anxious, the stress hormone cortisol causes higher amounts of magnesium to get excreted from your body in your urine. That means chronic stress can leave you magnesium depleted. Once you are magnesium deficient, your reserve for being able to handle stress is greatly reduced. Therefore you are more likely to feel overwhelmed and anxious, and like you won’t be able to cope.

Alcohol also increases urinary magnesium loss, as does type 2 diabetes. People with digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth usually do not absorb magnesium very well from food, therefore benefit from a supplement. Getting good quality, sufficient sleep is so important in the treatment of every health problem.

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