The Dao Does… Magnesium Supplementation
Known as the ‘magical mineral’, magnesium is important for over 365 mechanisms within our bodies. This includes supporting muscle recovery, supporting mood, stabilising blood sugar levels, calming the central nervous system for stress management, and is also the key nutrient for regulating your HPA axis (think hormone regulation).
Unfortunately, most of us are deficient in magnesium as our soils are deficient in magnesium and we are therefore unable to obtain enough of it from food. In the fast-paced world we live in, our bodies will, unfortunately, “dump” magnesium as a response to stress. This seems counterproductive, as we need this mineral for its calming qualities throughout stressful periods. However, the body’s aim to excrete magnesium will support your Sympathetic Nervous System (Fight or Flight) to deal with the stressful situation or task presented. In prehistoric times, we would experience momentary stressful situations which meant our bodies had the ability to restore depleted reserves over a period of time through food and nutrition. In the current world, we live in, unfortunately, this is not possible, and supplementation is required alongside foods rich in nutrient sources including nuts, seeds, and leafy green vegetables.
Magnesium is my go-to supplementation for myself and also most of my patients to support overall general wellbeing. Research shows magnesium benefits are linked to central nervous system support, aiding in sleep, improving the function of both insulin and thyroid hormone as well as being an anti-inflammatory.
Magnesium chelate is the gentler form of magnesium supplementation and usually won’t cause digestive upset. I recommend chatting to your health care provider about starting on a good quality practitioner-only range magnesium supplement today.
I can guarantee you will begin to feel the benefits almost immediately.
By Georgia Fong