Does March Madness get you all worked up? The game ends and you just can’t seem to fall asleep as you run your own play-by-plays through your head. You need to relax and calm down. But it seems almost impossible. Let’s talk about the calming effects of calcium and magnesium.
Calcium is an essential nutrient for maintaining total body health. It’s necessary not just for keeping your bones and teeth strong, but also to ensure proper functioning of muscles and nerves. Calcium works in harmony with magnesium, but too much calcium can actually deplete your body’s supply of magnesium.
Calcium and magnesium work harmoniously together when the balance is correct. Calcium acts to excite nerves and is necessary for muscle contraction. Magnesium, on the other hand, calms nerves and is needed for muscle relaxation. Calcium makes bones stiff and hard, but magnesium is needed to avoid their becoming brittle.
You very tangibly experience the tensing (calcium) and relaxing (magnesium) interaction of these two elements each time your heart beats, when you feel your pulse, and every time you breathe.
When we are under stress or worked up, the balance of calcium and magnesium surrounding our cells gets out of whack. Calcium enters the cells and the calcium level temporarily becomes high. This is the tensing of muscles you feel as you’re getting worked up. Magnesium then saves the day by pushing the calcium out of the cell and the cell is again in its resting, relaxed state.
To maintain homeostasis – that is, the correct balance of calcium and magnesium – you need to ensure you aren’t magnesium deficient. Much emphasis has been placed on the importance of calcium, but not enough attention has been called to magnesium. Magnesium helps your muscles function properly; it keeps your heart rhythm steady and supports a healthy immune system. This essential mineral helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is required for producing and storing energy.
Unfortunately, many of us are magnesium deficient. According to population studies of average magnesium intake, less than 30 percent of US adults consume the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of magnesium and nearly 20 percent get only half the magnesium they need daily.
So, if you’re having a hard time settling down, chances are your calcium and magnesium levels are out of whack and not working together properly. You should consider a high-quality calcium magnesium supplement. CalMax from Dr. Newton’s Naturals offers the doctor recommended ratio of calcium to magnesium in a unique beverage powder. Simply add a teaspoon to a cup of hot tea and you’ll feel your muscles relax, allowing you to calm down and get the sleep you need.