Did you know that at least half of the population (and more for certain age groups) is magnesium deficient at a cellular level?
Deficiency can be caused by various stresses on the body including a lack of adequate dietary magnesium, emotional stress, certain drugs, heavy exercise, excess calcium in the diet, smoking, alcohol, caffeine and sweating.
Chronic stress shows up as our uncomfortable symptoms of Magnesium depletion. If not handled it starts showing up as illness and without remedy it can become disease.
8 Signs of Magnesium Deficiency:
Benefits of Magnesium...
Magnesium is found in many foods, but much of the mineral can be lost through food processing and refining so stick to whole organic foods when you can. Some good choices are:
You can take a supplement like Natural Calm. Natural Calm states that their product restores a healthy magnesium level and balances calcium intake. You can get a free sample here!
Magnesium Oil and Lotions can be rubbed or sprayed on your skin. Some people find that it leaves their skin feeling a little itchy and dry. If you don’t like the feeling of the magnesium oil you can spray in on your skin and leave it on for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you can shower off the oil. Here are some different applications of the Ancient Minerals brand:
Goodnight Magnesium Lotion
Magnesium Bath Flake
Magnesium Lotion Ultra
I hope this gave you some good basics and a plan of action to see if magnesium deficiency is an issue for you.
Remember, if you have been struggling with anxiety symptoms, sometimes it's not JUST in your head! The thought-mood connection is powerful, but you can change your thoughts all day long and still not feel good! Magnesium deficiency is just one thing to consider.
As always I encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider before beginning any supplement regime.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Peg Haust-Arliss, LCSW-R
Therapist, Author, Coach
Vegan Egg-less Salad
Enjoy my vegan recipe for delicious egg and olive salad. Eat on top of greens or in a sandwich. I especially enjoy this as a sandwich using Ezekiel Bread with greens and a tomato. YUM! I changed up this China Study Cookbook recipe and made it my own. Try my a version below and try the original from one of my fave cookbooks: The China Study Cookbook!
14 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained and very well patted dry to get as much water out as possible.
1/2 of a white onion, diced
1/4 cup Veganaise (use to your preferred consistency)
2 tsp dill relish
2 celery stalks, diced
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp black salt (black salt adds an "eggy" flavor)
1/4 cup green olives chopped
1. In a large salad bowl crumble the tofu. I like to use my hands to mash it up. Add the rest of ingredients and mix thoroughly.
2. Refrigerate or enjoy immediately over greens or in a sandwich with lettuce and tomato!
Let me know if you make this! Are you trying on a plant-based lifestyle? Let me hear from you!
Rise & Shine,
Peg Haust-Arliss, LCSW-R, CHHC
Therapist, Author, Coach