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“What the hell just happened?” How a single supplement changed my life

This is not a post designed to sell you something. It is the story of a transformation, that actually happened. It started about two months ago, but let’s start at the beginning.

Anxiety

That’s not me. But it’s how I felt most of the time.

 

I write about sleep, supplements and generally anything that will help keep me feeling fit, happy to be alive and bursting with energy, in my fifties and hopefully for a few more decades to come. One of the perks of the job is doing lots of research into what it takes to get me to feel that way. I love research, of course. Comes with the job. And sometimes I come across an absolute gem.

Anxiety and Restlessness

For most of my life, I’ve been on the holy grail to banish my anxiety and restlessness. I was tired of feeling tired, but what was even worse was the dreaded wired but tired feeling. Too tired to muster the motivation to do anything about it, but too wired to do nothing and relax. If you’ve ever experienced that feeling, you know how much it drains the life and energy out of you.

Any little thing could set my temper and emotions into overdrive, and I nearly always felt on edge with a short fuse. Molehills turned into mountains. Sometimes life just seemed way too hard.

Supplements are good but …

I do take a variety of supplements and have done so for many years. They help, otherwise I wouldn’t bother. I don’t believe in putting anything into my body that is not necessary or helpful. Hence, my caution in taking too much of anything. Because it’s not that hard to do, and can cause a lot of problems.

I also eat a very good diet, if I say so myself. Hardly any processed food, lots of vegetables. Protein, not too much, not too little. Some fruit. Dark chocolate. Eating well makes me feel good. My body appreciates it.

So I never thought I had a nutritional deficiency. Why would I? I eat very well, I exercise, and I take a few select supplements to help keep me in good shape. What could possibly be missing?

Did you know these are all Magnesium deficiency symptoms?

Then I came upon an article listing the symptoms of magnesium deficiency. It described me perfectly. I couldn’t believe it. I had taken Magnesium before, usually one capsule a day. Don’t want to overdose, oh no. I am rather cautious, with a fair bit of skepticism thrown in for good measure.

I have also tried Magnesium Oil rubbed into my skin. It stings.

Just in case you’re wondering, these are all symptoms of Magnesium deficiency:

  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Muscle cramps or spasms
  • Palpitations or abnormal heart rhythms
  • Personality changes
  • Weakness
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Asthma
  • PMS
  • Nerve problems
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Chronic neck and back pain

And that’s not even all of them. There are others.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any of these symptoms. Unfortunately I recognized most of them from personal experience.

Anxiety

So how much Magnesium do I need to take?

It got me thinking. Maybe, just maybe, I haven’t been getting enough magnesium? I did more research into what would be an appropriate dosage to get my magnesium levels up to a level that would get rid of these symptoms.

Some experts, like well-known Olympic athletes trainer Charles Poliquin, recommends supplementing with up to 2,400mg of magnesium a DAY to address a deficiency in physically active people, tapering off when adequate levels are restored. At the other end of the scale is the recommended daily allowance of 350 – 400mg, including what’s obtained from food. However, most people only get half that amount, if that, in their daily diet.

How much Magnesium is in our food?

I looked up the magnesium content of various foods that I eat and did a quick calculation of my own daily intake. I was shocked to realize that it was between 120 – 200mg a day. Way, way below what’s needed to function properly.

That was a wake up call. Clearly I needed to increase my magnesium intake. It’s tempting to go all in with a huge dosage, but that’s not how it works.

The dose needs to be increased gradually, from 1 capsule a day, to two for the next few days, then three for a few days, and so on until your bowel movements become annoyingly loose. For some people that happens sooner rather than later, and if that’s you, it might be a good idea to change the type of magnesium you take. Transdermal magnesium oil is great if it doesn’t make you itchy, otherwise Dr. Dean’s Magnesium lotion works beautifully as a body lotion and supplement in one. If you need an easy to take oral version, try Dr. Dean’s ReMag. You’ll also find her blog extremely useful. As an aside, I do not receive any commission should you decide to buy any of the products I have recommended.

I started taking two, then three, then five Magnesium tablets a day, with no adverse effects to my bowel movements. That gives me a total of about 700mg of elemental magnesium a day. This is the dose I have been taking for nearly two months now.

Anxiety

And that’s what happened to my anxiety

About two weeks in it got interesting. My palpitations became both less frequent and less noticeable. Today, two months later, they are nearly completely gone. My anxiety has disappeared. I am far more even tempered, calm and less bothered by the little things that go wrong in life. It’s like I swallowed a chill pill.

The world has become a better place. Everything is far more pleasant. Life is good. There is so much joy in little things. I always thought only strong pharmaceutical drugs could have that much of an effect.

I have tried so many things to get rid of this anxious, restless feeling that has bothered me throughout my life. Nothing has had any truly noticeable effect.

This is different.

It’s been life changing.

It worked.

My only regret is that I didn’t find out about it sooner.

By the way, I have ordered the Magnesium lotion as Christmas presents for all my family.

 

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