Anxiety and Stress Can Deplete Magnesium
Anxiety depletes magnesium in our bodies which can then further exacerbate the anxiety. If you have anxiety it is extremely important to make sure you are getting adequate amounts of magnesium. Most likely this will mean adding in a magnesium supplement or using Epsom salts. The amount of magnesium you get from your diet most likely will not be enough to replace the amount depleted due to anxiety.
It is estimated that 90% of the population is magnesium deficient. This is due to a lack of magnesium in the diet and the minimal amount found in our farming soil. Those with anxiety are getting even less due to the depletion it causes.
Anxiety causes immense stress on the body and results in the endocrine system releasing stress hormones including epinephrine, cortisol, and adrenaline. An increase in these stress hormones directly causes the magnesium levels to drop.
So could anxiety be caused by a magnesium deficiency? Absolutely, there are many that believe they are “cured” just from correcting their magnesium deficiency. This may not be the case for everyone with anxiety or it may just significantly help improve some symptoms.
The issue is how do you find out if you are magnesium deficient?
To test for it most places use the blood serum magnesium test. This test has been reported to not accurately measure the magnesium status. So do not rely on a blood test to determine if you need more magnesium.
It would be best to slowly add in magnesium and see how you feel, really listen to your body. A sign to watch out for that you are getting too much magnesium is the occurrence of diarrhea.I have found that Epsom salt baths are a really great way to increase magnesium levels. When I use Epsom salts I feel an immediate difference and relief from stress and anxiety.