Around a year a go I started to get the most horrific surges of anxiety and panic. I’d had anxiety before, but was always able to control it and breathe through it pretty easily. But this time felt different, I was starting to feel more and more out of control every single day. Not only that, I was having crazy head rushes where my vision would go blurry, and I was constantly short of breath – even just sitting around the house I would feel as though I couldn’t take in enough air and fill my lungs properly. I was crying a lot, feeling pretty low in general and most days I felt so tired that I could barely get off the sofa. I had NO idea what was wrong with me, I tried everything from meditation to EFT (tapping), changing my diet, exercising more – nothing worked.
One day when It got really bad, I resorted to asking my best pal (and worst enemy) Google, to find out if I was dying. I stumbled across an article on about page 6 of my search, it was about a guy that had experienced a magnesium deficiency and I literally couldn’t believe how many of his symptoms had matched my own.
Here’s a lovely list of symptoms you might be experiencing if you’re magnesium deficient (and about 80% of people are)
- Inability to sleep or insomnia
- Sensitivity to noise
- Mental disturbances
- Anxiety, depression or restlessness
- Muscle soreness or spasms
- Infertility or PMS
- High levels of stress
- Heart “flutters” or palpitations
- Fatigue or unusual tiredness
- Coldness in extremities
- Fuzzy brain or difficulty concentrating
- Allergies and sensitivities
- Lack of appetite
- Back pain
- Body odor
- Bad short term memory
- Poor coordination
- Insulin resistance
- Carbohydrate cravings
- Frequent cavities or poor dental health
- Gut disorders
- Kidney stones
- Thyroid problems
Magnesium is the eighth most abundant mineral on earth, and the third most abundant in sea water. More importantly, it is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and it’s necessary in over 300 reactions within the body. Wowza. It’s pretty god damn important.
“Every single cell in the human body demands adequate magnesium to function, or it will perish. Strong bones and teeth, balanced hormones, a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system, well functioning detoxification pathways and much more depend upon cellular magnesium sufficiency. Soft tissue containing the highest concentrations of magnesium in the body include the brain and the heart—two organs that produce a large amount of electrical activity, and which can be especially vulnerable to magnesium insufficiency.”
Truth. My brain was all over the place. I didn’t feel like myself. I was strongly considering going on anti-depressants to deal with all the stress and anxiety I was feeling, and I honestly felt like I was unravelling.
Unfortunately, the reason why so many of us are deficient is because magnesium is often not well absorbed by the digestive track, and is even more difficult to absorb if you are deficient or are low in vitamin D, have poor gut bacteria or suffer from a number of other conditions. And on top of all that, most foods are depleted of their natural magnesium levels and the water supply is also lacking. Which basically means you gotta take a supplement of some kind if you want to feel like a fully functioning and happy human again.
When I first saw the article I was actually sitting outside a cafe, fighting off a panic attack, and I ran to the nearest Holland and Barrett and bought some magnesium straight away. I read that some types are not well absorbed, so you may as well be taking nothing. There are certain magnesium tablets that have high absorbency, and there are also oils that you can spray on to your skin and they absorb straight in to your blood stream – so these are considered the most effective options. (Personally, the oil makes my itch like I’m covered in ants and I can’t stand it! So I prefer to take the tablets which I find work perfectly for me.) These are the ones I take, and you can buy them from the link below, or from Amazon, H&B etc.
After around 48 hours, I felt like a new person. I actually lay in bed trying to feel anxious, and I couldn’t do it. The feeling had gone. I was so relaxed, so calm, so chilled. I slept like a baby, I could breathe properly, my heart wasn’t beating out of my chest and I wasn’t on verge of a panic attack. It was the most free and happy I’ve ever felt. And to think I almost went on anti-depressants and diagnosed myself with a mental health disorder. When all I really needed was a little more magnesium, and a few healthier lifestyle choices.
For those of you that are struggling, magnesium may not be the cure or answer to all of your problems, but for hundreds of people I’ve shared this with – It’s changed their life too. So all I’m saying is, give it a go. You never know what it could do for you 🙂