Magnesium influences the production of stress hormones – if the body doesn’t have enough magnesium, then this can lead to increased cortisol excretion, putting the body on high alert.
Magnesium and stress
Today, for many of us, stress is on the agenda every day. And this does not come without consequences for our health. Inner restlessness, fatigue, tension, headaches – stress places the body and mind under high pressure. Magnesium has relaxing and calming effects. Find out more about this tried and tested anti-stress mineral, known as the “mineral of inner peace” for good reason.
Stress? Magnesium as a counterbalance
Caution, increased magnesium excretion
Certain stressful situations (for example, severe job pressure, a lack of sleep, family problems) can bring about increased magnesium excretion – just at the exact moment when the body most urgently needs this “anti-stress mineral.” Therefore, a targeted magnesium intake is especially important!
Under stress, our body secretes certain messenger substances that prepare the organism for high exertion and mobilize all of our energy reserves. Stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline bring us into the highest state of alert. What has been beneficial to us over thousands of years – to gain full strength for fight or flight – has today bounced back on us: because fight or flight is no longer possible, we find ourselves caught in the hamster wheel. Our cortisol levels remain high and, as well as the continuous tension, this also causes increased excretion of magnesium through the kidneys. Magnesium can be used as a natural counterbalance to stress because it influences the production of stress hormones – if the body is sufficiently supplied with magnesium, then this can counteract an increased excretion of cortisol.
Fighting stress with magnesium
Anyone under stress should, in general, maintain a balanced and magnesium-rich diet. Bananas, whole-grain products, broccoli – there are many good sources of magnesium. However, when under time pressure, we often turn to fast food. To make sure you are covering your magnesium requirements and, in doing so, favorably influencing the excretion of stress hormones, a supplementary supply of magnesium from the pharmacy can be helpful.
Modern magnesium products such as Biolectra® Magnesium 300 mg Direct help you cover your daily magnesium requirement and can quite easily be taken without water. Ideal for the office or when you are out and about.
Further tips against stress
Even if sometimes it doesn’t seem easy to escape from the stress spiral, with a few simple tips you can achieve a lot. Here are some suggestions to actively counteract stress:
- Regular exercise
- Autogenic training
- Progressive muscle relaxation, following Jacobson’s technique
- Tai Chi
- Relaxation tea
- Evening walks
- Relaxing baths (e.g., with lavender)
Professional relaxation programs such as yoga or Tai Chi should initially be practiced under instruction – appropriate courses are offered in many fitness studios and adult education centers.