Magnesium is critically necessary to treat all hormonal imbalance issues – including PMS, PCOS, thyroid conditions, perimenopause, anxiety, and adrenal fatigue. It is the one sure-fire supplement I will always recommend to every single client that works with me here at FLO Living. There is not one woman I have met who has not needed a boost to her magnesium levels, and not one woman who is likely deficient in this mineral.
Magnesium is magic for your hormones. It is a foundational support to all hormone functions in the body – without it you will not produce hormones at levels you need, and ovulation will become irregular. If you’ve just arrived at this website and you know you have a hormonal imbalance (even if you don’t yet know), and you want someplace to start, I suggest you start with magnesium. I cannot sing its praises enough!
Why you are definitely magnesium deficient
Our bodies literally get rid of magnesium when we are stressed because magnesium is a stress-preventer (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 doesn’t want you chilled out in those moments so it gets rid of this chill-out, relaxing, sleep-aiding mineral).
As I’m sure you know very well, we are all too stressed, too much of the time these days. With busy schedules, demands, perceived and real concerns – we live in a state of chronic stress. If you’re a regular woman leading a pretty regular life – that is, you work, you juggle jobs, you worry about your finances, you worry about your kids, and you have trouble sleeping – then you do not have enough magnesium, plain and simple.
There are other reasons you’re likely magnesium deficient – aside from stress – including your intake of sugar (sugar requires magnesium to be processed in the body, so every time you eat sugar, your body is wasting magnesium), and how much coffee you drink (studies have shown that caffeinated drinks force your body to excrete magnesium). Basically a lot of the things many of us do every single day – get stressed out, drink coffee, eat sugar, stress some more, sleep little – cause us to have a deficiency in magnesium.
The benefits of magnesium
These are some of the ways in which magnesium is vital for your hormonal balance and overall health and why it is critical to supplement when dealing with PMS, PCOS, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, thyroid disorder, perimenopause symptoms, and really any issue relating to your hormone cycle.
- 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.
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 with 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 will 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. Applying magnesium to the skin helps with absorption as you avoid the gut, which can compromise absorption if your gut health isn’t great.
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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