While this is not exactly a post regarding weight loss, I fear many of us suffer from depression and resulting comfort eating which contributes to our weight gains. Once we get some pounds on we become more depressed and the vicious cycle continues SO I hope this helps some of you
I posted a comment about magnesium and how MUCH it had helped to reduce my depression from chronic to barely noticeable over a fairly short period.
I started taking magnesium when I found out it was fantastic for helping people with heart conditions, especially arrhythmia which is what I suffer from.
The dramatic change to my mood was simply a "side effect" of me treating my heart well!
I got quite a few responses so thought I would post a general update here.
WHAT DOES MAGNESIUM DO IN THE BODY
It's known by many as natures "chill pill".
I kind of think it like how your car needs oil to run well.
Magnesium is responsible for over 300 crucial biochemical processes in our bodies and helps with many things:
- It is essential in allowing cells to transport nutrients and energy between each other
- It calms the nervous system, promoting better sleep and reducing anxiety
- It help improve your memory by "greasing the cogs" in your brain so neurotransmitters fire more efficiently and more effectively
- Helps build muscle and stronger bones (calcium and magnesium work in tandem)
- Helps process and remove cortisol from your system, which is the result of stress and a big cause of fat collecting around our middles
- Anything in your body you can think of that can be relaxed, magnesium does this. Leg muscles to reduce cramps, heart muscle to eliminate arrhythmia (my original use for it), relaxes blood vessels for better blood flow, relaxes the neurons in your brain so serotonin is produced more easily and ... and ... and!
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE DEFICIENT
Tests show more than 80% of the population is deficient in magnesium and that it is extremely common for people whop suffer from depression to be low in magnesium.
Unfortunately standard blood tests do not produce reliable results. The body prioritises magnesium supply into the blood stream however testing this is misleading because only 1% of the body's magnesium is found in the blood (most of it is in your bones and organs). These do not reflect the true nature of your magnesium "bank". The article below explains this and is a REALLY interesting read on magnesium.
We can get magnesium from green leafy's, nuts and other foods. Problem is that modem farming techniques have leached the soil of magnesium and this along with our not so great eating habits means we do not get nearly enough each day.
It has been said that some people can take up to 9 months to rebuild their magnesium through taking supplements.
WHICH TYPE OF MAGNESIUM IS BEST?
By type I do not mean brands I means types of magnesium.
Just as there are lots of different varieties of apples the same goes for magnesium.
Primarily you want a magnesium that has a good bioavailability rate ( your body can absorb it easily) .
The BEST one is a spray on form of magnesium chloride which is absorbed through the skin. Because this goes straight into your blood stream you can avoid the stomach and its acids which can reduce its efficiency.
I tried this but it felt kind of "claggy" on my skin and I found it irritated me a little so I went for pills instead. That being said my skin tends to be sensitive to many thing sand most people don't gave the problem. I bought mine from a company called Ancient Minerals who make an excellent quality one - not sure if its available where you are.
In pill form I use MAGNESIUM TAURATE or GLYCINATE - both are easily absorbed and will not give you diahrrea or loose stools, unlike something like Magnesium Sulfate.
HOW MUCH TO TAKE
I use 800 mg a day based on what the label on the back says - always check the label to see the total milligrams per pill - ignore the front and look at the detailed label on the back.
I take 400 in the morning and 400 at night - magnesium is best spread through the day and when I was able to I even split it into 3 each day.
Start at 300 and see how you go and build up to 800 mg. I have never heard of a problem with magnesium just being hyper cautious
I have a PDF which is a great thorough explanation about all this, is an easy read and goes through many different conditions that magnesium can help with, which I am happy to email to you - just message me your real world email address.
BUT If you simply google "magnesium depression" you will find a wealth of info as well several interesting studies that have been carried out on this very topic.
**Please let me know if I have missed anything and I will update this post and bump it occasionally - maybe it could be pinned somewhere?**