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Easing your anxiety

The current climate is an anxious one for many, with the uncertainty from the Coronavirus pandemic that we find ourselves in. And managing that anxiety is important to help you relax, to sleep well and to stay healthy.

The experts at BetterYou are reminding of the importance of magnesium, which is known to help decrease symptoms of anxiety, not to mention playing a crucial role in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, including regulating the nervous system and reducing tiredness and mood swings.

We also know that positive neurotransmitters in the brain (serotonin and melatonin) are regulated by magnesium and such neurotransmitters are essential to a stable mood.

BetterYou explains that there are many known reasons people suffer from anxiety, including stress, medication and illness and amidst the current Coronavirus outbreak and news surrounding climate change, it’s no surprise that many people may be feeling higher levels of anxiety than usual.

Keeley Berry, nutritional expert and product developer at BetterYou, explained: “Amongst others, poor sleep, exhaustion, feeling low and a weak immune system are all well-known symptoms of magnesium deficiency – symptoms that many people tend to attribute to lifestyle factors such as work pressures and hectic family lives. In reality, deficiency of this vital nutrient could be a contributing factor to why you feel anxious.”

Looking specifically at poor sleep, Keeley added: “It seems that sleep deprivation and anxiety create a vicious cycle. Research suggests that sleep deprivation can cause anxiety, yet experiencing anxiety can also cause sleeping problems – either one can come first. Some form of sleep disruption is present in nearly all psychiatric disorders and studies show that people with insomnia or sleep issues are at a higher risk of developing an anxiety disorder.”

Magnesium is found in everyday foods such as brown rice, leafy green vegetables, beans, avocados and even dark chocolate, yet a study of 8,000 participants, carried out by Mineral Check, found that a staggering 70 per cent of people are believed to have suboptimal levels.

You could try supplementing with magnesium, such as BetterYou Magnesium Sleep Lotion, which was tested on 87 healthy people who identified as ‘struggling to sleep’ and were profiled using the NHS Sleep Assessment Questionnaire over a period of five weeks. The results showed that 92 per cent found benefit from using the sleep lotion, with 70 per cent saying that their overall quality of sleep was better after using the lotion.