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Got Stress? Try Magnesium

Got Stress? Try Magnesium

April is Stress Awareness Month

Our lives are filled with stressors—physical, mental and emotional. And no matter what kind of challenge you’re facing, your body responds by using magnesium to manage the stress and calm down. That’s why it is critical to make sure you’ve got ample magnesium stores at the ready.

The only way to break the cycle and restore a healthy state is to increase magnesium.


How Magnesium Eases Stress

When your body faces a stressful situation, there is an influx of calcium into cells, which allows muscles to flex and nerves to fire, giving you the protective fight-or-flight reaction. Then, when the stress or threat is over, magnesium shuttles the calcium back out, allowing your body and mind to relax. The problem is, if you don’t have enough magnesium, your body simply can’t relax. Over time, staying in this stressed state leads to symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, muscle cramps and sleeplessness.

What’s more, when stress and anxiety go up, magnesium levels naturally decrease, thus a vicious cycle begins. The only way to break the cycle and restore a healthy state is to increase magnesium.

Should You Supplement with Magnesium?

In an ideal world you’d get all the nutrients you need from the food you eat, including plenty of magnesium. Sadly, most crops are now grown in soil so depleted in minerals that food sources of magnesium are seldom adequate, especially because the stress-filled lives we lead increase our need for this mineral. There are also a number of factors that can impair your ability to use the magnesium you do eat. A compromised digestive system or even an excessive intake of carbonated beverages can interfere with absorption, while an excess of other minerals such as calcium can block magnesium from doing its work within the cells.
Eating magnesium-rich foods such as nuts, seeds and beans is a good practice, along with supplementing with Natural Calm® to ensure you’re getting enough of this foundational mineral to keep stress in check. Multi-award-winning Natural Calm powdered drink mix is the best-selling magnesium supplement in the natural market for over 11 years. It features magnesium to reduce stress symptoms, promote better sleep, provide sustainable energy, soothe nerves, relieve muscle cramping, support heart and bone health and hundreds of other activities in the human body. The variety of delicious organic flavors are naturally sweetened, vegan, gluten-free and certified non GMO.

 

Refreshing Raspberry Stress-Less Smoothie


This Raspberry Stress-less Smoothie packs a nutritional punch, as it is brimming with antioxidants, healthy fats, magnesium and probiotics! It’s a great snack for between meals, and also makes a quick breakfast that you can take on the go. This recipe uses coconut-milk yogurt for the base, which is perfect for those who are sensitive to dairy or have digestive issues, but you can also substitute any yogurt of your choice.



Serves 1
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes

Ingredients
1 cup organic raspberries, frozen
6 ounces vanilla-flavored coconut-milk yogurt with probiotics
1 teaspoon Raspberry-Lemon Flavor Natural Calm
1 cup ice

Directions
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Enjoy immediately.

 

 
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