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Page 18 | Abby's Magazine | Magnesium is a mineral that is essential for human health. Among its many roles in the body, magnesium helps to support a healthy response to stress. • Stress is normal, but there's plenty we can do to keep it in check. • Magnesium is the second most abundant essential mineral in the body. • Magnesium is found in food, but many people aren't consuming enough. • It promotes a soothing slumber, allowing for more effective rest. • Magnesium also balances the body's natural stress response to maintain calm and ease. • Not all forms are the same – the body simply can't "unlock" some supplements." • Patented ATA Mg® is magnesium formulated for 24% faster absorption. • New Magnesium Mind and Magnesium Motion offer this "feel better faster" form. When we are under stress, our bodies produce adrenaline and cortisol. Magnesium can help keep these hormones in balance, which can help reduce the negative impact of stress on our everyday lives. In this blog post, we will discuss the role of magnesium in stress management, and how you can make sure you are getting enough magnesium to stay healthy! Plus, you'll learn why not all magnesium has the same impact – and how to pick the best form if you're taking a supplement (since even healthy diets might not provide enough). What is the Purpose of Stress? While stress can feel like a huge hassle, there's a biological purpose to it. We are actually hard-wired to experience stress, as a way to help ourselves get out of dangerous situations safely. Ideally, our healthy stress response evolved to work like this: Danger happened (such as encountering an animal in the wild). Our bodies released a flood of hormones to give us the energy to hightail it to safety. Once we had escaped, our bodies returned to their normal state of calm and balance. We stayed there until the next time danger crossed our path. This normal response means the brain shifts into "fight-or-flight" mode (by firing up the sympathetic nervous system) to deal with stress, then goes back to "rest-and-digest" mode (by letting the parasympathetic nervous system take the reins). But life doesn't always go according to plan, does it? Instead, in today's busy modern world, those dangers may not be real – but our body responds to "perceived" stress the same way it does actual stress. And sometimes those stressors come at you faster than nature intended (like being in a batting cage versus playing in a real baseball game). Stress is always going to be part of the human experience, and everyday stressors are normal. The trick is to learn to keep yours in balance – and understand the normal, healthy stress response. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep your cool and not let stress get the best of you. 7 Ways to Deal with Daily Stress Think of stress management as you would any other task on your self-care checklist, from brushing your teeth and wearing sunscreen to drinking water and eating your vegetables. As with so many things in life, we can't always control the stress we encounter, but we can control our response. Here are some tips for dealing with daily stress. • Move your body. Exercise is a great way to boost your overall health – and release hormones that make you feel good and manage stress. You don't have to run marathons or lift heavy weights, either. Even a brisk walk around the block can help! • Take a deep breath. When you exhale, you can turn on your parasympathetic nervous system, which is in control of your relaxation, rest, and digestion. When you feel stress rising, focus on slowing down your breath, with an emphasis on the exhale part. Researchers suggest that the optimal amount is eight breaths a minute. Try to make your exhales twice as long as your inhales. • Laugh about it. Have you ever laughed at a weird time, like when you felt upset or nervous? It's not inappropriate – it's a way to calm down! Studies support laughing as a way to buffer daily stressors. • Go outside. Breathing fresh air and feeling the sunshine on your face can help you feel calmer and less stressed, according to research. If you're stuck inside, you can still reap the benefits, look at photos of nature to elicit a similar effect. • Make time for rest. Sleep is a great way to "fill your cup," to better prepare you for what life throws at you. If you feel overwhelmed during the day, take a nap! (Hey, if it works for cranky toddlers…) Naps can boost feelings of calm and focus, and even astronauts use naps to help manage feelings of overwhelm. • Dance or sing. There's a reason why singing, and dancing makes us feel good, even if we're not "good" at them. Taking a dance class is actually a studied form of dealing with occasional anxiety. Singing also offers perceived emotional and spiritual benefits, even if your pitch isn't perfect! • Reach for magnesium. This mineral is the second most * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. How Magnesium Can Support a Healthy Response to Stress How Magnesium Can Support a Healthy Response to Stress By the Enzymedica Team

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