My Top Product for Stress Relief

loganWhen I find a product I like and actually does what it says I want to shout it from the rooftops, and this product is 100% one of those that I want to share. I found it when I was going through a tiny bit of the postpartum blues, not full blown postpartum depression, but needing...something.

I was breastfeeding, and trying to eat as healthy as possible because of it, so when I stumbled on Natural Calm Magnesium Supplement I knew I had found something great. Magnesium wasn't something that I thought of, like, ever. But calm? I needed some of that.

As I did some research, I found out that magnesium used to be an abundant mineral found in numerous foods. But over time, food processing practices essentially stripped magnesium out of most diets, causing numerous people to be magnesium deficient.

The thing is, magnesium plays a role in over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, and many studies have shown that a deficiency in magnesium contributes to several mental health problems, including anxiety (which can commonly rear it's ugly head in those first postpartum weeks for some moms, myself included).

Several studies have also looked at how stress levels affect magnesium. They found that during periods of extreme stress, magnesium is often used up by the body, which means that there may be a high number of people that use up their magnesium reserves as a result of their anxiety, thus contributing to more anxiety and more stress.

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Rather than curing anxiety, taking a magnesium supplement like Natural Calm can help with feelings of anxiety or depression, or just general feelings of stress. A study in France of 264 patients with generalized anxiety disorder found that a statistically significant number of men and women reported improvements on a magnesium regimen. Furthermore, studies show that magnesium levels are lower in women who have had a premature labor (common sense disclaimer: as always, ask your doctor before taking any supplements if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, of course).

We all know there is a big connection between how the body feels and how the mind feels, and so sometimes just by taking magnesium supplements, you are no longer deficient, and any effects magnesium may have had on your health become less problematic. Sounds good, right?

A spoonful or two of the powder added to any drink, hot or cold, does the trick (if you are adding it to cold, just mix it with a tiny bit of hot water to dissolve it first). I usually add it to tea or to a seltzer with a splash of juice (it has a sweet lemony flavor) and I swear you can feel a difference. This is the first thing I recommend to fellow moms if they are having any "baby blues" or need some help with stress, and it has really worked for me.

Find it locally at Healthy Living Market and Cafe in Saratoga (go get it on a Thursday and it's also 20% off!). Aren't sure about committing to buying a whole container of it? They have little one serving packets for less than a buck to try it out (I love the one that includes calcium too). xoxo