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Magnesium & PMT / PMS

Magnesium helps PMT / PMS on all levels.

PMS / PMT is a highly personal experience, the symptoms are varied and inconsistent and how each person is affected by them is also unique. However we are no longer in the dark ages where GP’s used to write people off as being neurotic.

The physical process leading to PMS and PMT is very well understood and yes it IS your hormones but not only your hormones.

Simply put a specific area of the brain called the hypothalamus (via the pituitary gland) releases a hormone to instigate ovulation, where one egg of many thrives and develops to be implanted in the ovarian walls and if the egg is not fertilised the menstrual cycle, breaking down the wall of the ovaries and expelling the egg, and starting the process again. This is what we know as the cycle of ovulation and menstruation.

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It’s like the chemical conductor of our bodies.

Many of the symptoms of PMS/PMT such as sugar cravings, restlessness, flushes and irritability can be traced directly to the
hypothalamus simply doing it’s job, playing the music of a hormonal dance between the Hypothalamus (master gland), the pituitary gland, ovaries and uterus.

Interesting
The hypothalamus is busier than a mum of triplets, it controls appetite, thirst, emotional reactions, the body clock and temperature and many daily bodily functions.
Many people believe that it’s part of our brain that has not had time to adapt to our modern lives, where many of the natural cues it used to take from the environment and nature do not exist any more. (A simple example of this theory is that the electric light means it can daytime, all the time, thus no natural cues)

The hypothalamus is highly influenced by our environment and our emotional state and acts as a major computer in our body analyzing signals from other areas of the brain as well as hormonal signals. Hence this overworked gland can be overwhelmed.
Your hypothalamus needs your magnesium levels to be optimal in order to perform it’s cellular functions properly, manufacturing the hormones and responding to changes in the hormones it monitors and responds to.

The calming effects of optimal magnesium levels also mean less stress load on the hypothalamus that is highly sensitive to and responds to moods.

Menstrual cramps are physiologically the same as other cramps and we know already from our experience and articles here how effective transdermal magnesium is for cramping, it works the same way and is equally effective applied to the area of cramping.

Magnesium & pregnancy

Transdermal Magnesium and pregnancy, an essential addition.

A baby will grow 10,000 times larger in the first month of a pregnancy and that level of growth puts a huge demand on the body’s resources.

Magnesium helps your body repair maintain and build tissue. It follows then that if you are building a brand new body inside yours, you’re going to need to keep your magnesium levels optimal. Studies have shown that a Magnesium supplement during pregnancy can provide significant benefits, from preventing preeclampsia to building strong bones and even preventing infant mortality.

There is also significant scientific evidence that adequate Magnesium levels PREVENTS premature contraction of the uterus.

Many people recommend Magnesium to help with morning sickness and overall well-being during pregnancy. Another of the latest fads is bone broth! Here is another link to a recipe for bone broth.

So obviously your baby needs Magnesium during the pregnancy…where do you think it will get it from?

Naturally, from the mother. So YOUR Magnesium levels need to be kept up as well during pregnancy.

Magnesium deficiency can manifest as fatigue, aches and pains or cramping, as well as insomnia and a cloudy mind. So if you are pregnant, or planning a pregnancy in the next twelve months, Dr Carolyn Dean recommends building your body’s Magnesium levels. We recommend using the Amazing Oils daily on your lower back and on the tops of your feet before sleep. In the third trimester we recommend only using on the feet at night.

So now you know about Transdermal Magnesium and pregnancy, we recommend the Amazing Oils brand as the source is pristine and the quality is excellent, we love these guys.

Magnesium helps stress

Magnesium for stress, what you need to know.

“A deficiency in this critical nutrient makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.(i) It also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient. In fact, in my practice, this nutrient is one of my secret weapons against illness. Yet up to half of Americans are deficient in this nutrient and don’t know it.

I’m talking about magnesium.

It is an antidote to stress, the most powerful relaxation mineral available, and it can help improve your sleep.”

So says Dr Mark Hyman in this excellent article in the Huffingtom Post

There are so many compelling arguments regarding why magnesium for stress is worth trying. Regular readers will know we recommend the Amazing Oils brand, it’s what we use daily.