Stress, magnesium and iron
Who among us has not been chronically stressed for the last year or so? Many of you have experienced major stressors related to the global pandemic, economic challenges, social isolation, and just getting through the day.
I applaud each and everyone of you for surviving and making it to today. Now that our daily lives are starting to resemble some form of normality it is time to reflect on how stress has impacted our health and what we can do about it.
Chronic stress either from physical or emotional concerns can create an environment where the body does not absorb enough of the nutrition or the body depletes stores of nutrients in trying to maintain balance.
The end result can impact mood by increasing depressive or anxiety symptoms. Some individuals may experience fatigue, sleep disturbances, and other symptoms creating a lessened quality of life.
Some nutrients that are impacted with long term stress include magnesium and iron.
Magnesium is a power horse of minerals. It is responsible as a cofactor in more than 300 enzymatic processes. Alcohol consumption also depletes magnesium over time. One excellent method to increase your magnesium is an Epsom salt bath. Therapeutic injections are another modality used to increase magnesium.
Iron is most commonly associated with its oxygen carrying status. Low blood iron levels decrease the amount of oxygen that we can utilize causing some brain fog, shortness of breath, and fatigue. The association between stress and iron is still being studied, however, at our clinic we have seen nearly everyone this year with low ferritin levels indicating iron deficiency. This can be treated with supplementation, however, this should only be completed under physician supervision as iron is pro-inflammatory and toxic in large doses.
If stress has you feeling fatigued, schedule an appointment and start feeling better!
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