It is handy to use, can be sprayed on, rubbed in as a cream, or swallowed as a cap. Most people are magnesium deficient. What we didn’t know is that magnesium is part of what regulates and manages women’s hormones. Lara Briden, a naturopathic doctor with nearly 20 years experience in women’s health and author of Period Repair Manual, shared her insights on magnesium and hormones.
1) Magnesium regulates cortisol. Magnesium calms your nervous system and prevents excessive cortisol. Your stress hormonal system, also called your hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, is your central hormonal system. When it functions well, then your other hormonal axes—thyroid and sex hormones—will function well too.
2) Magnesium lowers blood sugar. Magnesium is so effective at sensitizing the insulin receptor that I refer to it as our ‘natural metformin’. Better insulin control means fewer sugar cravings. Healthy insulin sensitivity is important for weight loss, PCOS, and it also prevents osteoporosis.
3) Magnesium supports thyroid. Magnesium is essential for the production of thyroid hormone. It is also anti-inflammatory, which helps to quiet the autoimmune inflammation that underlies most cases of thyroid disease. Other ways to address thyroid autoimmunity include gluten-elimination and a selenium supplement.
Sound like you need some? Be sure to use magnesium bisglycinate if you are taking it orally. It is best absorbed transdermally. That means through the skin so using a spray on magnesium such as Aim Magnificence or a magnesium cream that you rub on is actually best.
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