Magnesium may be the answer for anxiety sufferers
Your mind becomes overwhelmed with intense anxiety, terror, a sense of depersonalization similar to out of body experiences, feeling as if you’re losing your mind, and dread. These are the first signs of a panic attack. People often feel physical symptoms as well, such as sweating, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, trembling, chest pain, abdominal cramping and hyperventilation.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders, affecting at least 40 million adults in the United States. These individuals with anxiety are paying about $42 billion a year to help treat their disorder through psychological treatment and medications. Did you know that you can improve your symptoms of your panic attacks with getting more magnesium in your system?
A 2012 study suggests that at least 48 percent of United States population doesn’t receive enough magnesium from their standard diet. The University of Maryland Medical Center explains that you need magnesium in order for your kidneys to function properly, to help regulate your calcium levels, keeping your cardiovascular functioning, as well as keeping your energy levels stable. The study also suggested that individuals who aren’t meeting their magnesium needs also suffer from other mental disorders such as insomnia, nausea, abnormal heart rhythms, and even hyperventilation.
Dr. S.A. Rogers wrote a 1996 article in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine claiming that symptoms of a magnesium-deficiency often included increased anxiety and panic attacks.
Magnesium can be depleted by your fight-or-flight response; this occurs when catecholamines or more commonly known as hormonal neurotransmitters are released into your system that speeds up the heart rate, increases the blood pressure, and puts the body in a state of readiness for physical action. Cortisol is a stress hormone that is released or used up in your body, which can also use up your magnesium, putting you into dangerously low levels.
Keep in mind that taking Magnesium isn’t going to cure your panic attacks. However, if you have a magnesium deficiency, you could start helping yourself by taking supplements to increase your levels.
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