The Benefits of Magnesium for Hormonal Balance
While every woman with a hormonal imbalance has her own unique biochemistry and symptoms, there’s one little powerful nutrient that I consider a surefire supplement for everyone, across the board: magnesium. This important mineral is a critical treatment tool for the full spectrum of endocrine imbalances including PMS, PCOS, thyroid conditions, perimenopause, anxiety, and adrenal fatigue. Believe it or not, I’ve never met a woman who didn’t need a boost to her magnesium levels.
Consider this mineral magic for your hormones; it’s the foundational support for all endocrine functions in your body. Without it, you wouldn’t have the ability to produce adequate amounts of any hormones, and your ovulation would become irregular. That means if you know you have some kind of endocrine disruption but you don’t know what to do or where to start, magnesium is your first step toward restored health and balance.
The Benefits of Magnesium
Whether you know it or not, this mighty mineral does a whole lot for your whole body including:
- Cortisol regulation: Magnesium calms your nervous system and prevents the creation of excess cortisol, the stress hormone. When your stress hormonal system is in balance your levels of progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, FSH and LH will be too.
- Blood sugar balance: Magnesium helps to control insulin production and reduces sugar cravings, as such preventing blood sugar spikes. This is vital when it comes to healing hormonal issues like PCOS.
- Thyroid support: Magnesium helps the production of the thyroid hormone and, as an anti-inflammatory, prevents thyroid disease.
- Sleep aid: Magnesium will make sure you get to sleep and stay asleep through the night. It also prevents the chronic urination that can be a sleep interruptor.
- Hormone creation: Magnesium actually makes your hormones progesterone, estrogen and testosterone, so if you’re getting into peri-menopause or just off the Pill and your levels are low, it’s a great help to your body.
Why So Many Women are Magnesium Deficient
It’s important to remember that among all of its many functions, magnesium is a stress-preventer. It’s a relaxing, chill-out sleep aid that helps you feel at ease, and when you’re stressed (who isn’t?), your body literally purges it. Evolutionarily, this makes sense: if you were stressed as a cave woman, it was usually because of an immediate threat to your life. Your body wouldn’t have wanted you feeling warm, fuzzy vibes.
It’s no secret that we’re all chronically overstressed. We all have overbooked schedules, nonstop demands, real problems, and the ones we make up in our heads (which can sometimes be worse than anything reality deals us). If you’re a regular woman leading a pretty regular life – meaning you worry about work, finances, relationships, kids, etc. – then I don’t need to analyze a blood sample to tell you you do not have enough magnesium, plain and simple.
Aside from stress, there are other reasons you’re likely magnesium deficient aside. How much sugar are you eating these days? Sugar requires magnesium to be processed in the body, so every time you eat sugar, your body wastes magnesium. And what about caffeine - how much coffee and soda are you drinking? Studies have shown that caffeinated drinks force your body to excrete the mineral too. Basically, a lot of the things so many of us do every single day – get stressed out, skimp on sleep, chug triple lattes to perk up, stress-eat junk food, and then stress some more – cause us to have a deficiency in magnesium.
How to Boost Your Magnesium
There are many foods that contain magnesium, including good-quality dark chocolate and sunflower seeds (which is why I have a bit of both every single day). But I do suggest supplementing as a more direct approach to make sure you’re getting the levels of magnesium you need. You can do this by using either:
- Epsom salts: Add two cups of epsom salts to a bath a couple of times a week and you’ll receive sufficient magnesium (and a nice relaxing bath, preventing magnesium-zapping stress!).
- Topical oil: I recommend Ancient Minerals that you apply directly to your skin. If your gut health isn’t great, it can compromise the absorption of oral supplements, so this topical approach works for just about everyone.
Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this – the science of your body is on your side!
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