Take con­trol of hol­i­day stress with mag­ne­sium-fu­eled foods.

To bet­ter cope with stress, most of us can benefi t from sup­ple­ment­ing with this es­sen­tial min­eral through­out the year, but per­haps es­pe­cially dur­ing the su­per­charged hol­i­day sea­son

Better Nutrition - - CONTENTS - BY MELISSA DIANE SMITH

a:If I had to pick one sup­ple­ment to help man­age stress, it would be mag­ne­sium. First of all, mag­ne­sium is an es­sen­tial di­etary min­eral that nearly half of all Amer­i­cans— and by some es­ti­mates up to 80 per­cent— don’t get enough of from their di­ets. And mag­ne­sium is so good at man­ag­ing anx­i­ety and stress that it’s some­times been called a nat­u­ral “chill pill.”

Fur­ther­more, mag­ne­sium is se­questered and wasted via the urine in times of stress. That means you need more dur­ing stress­ful times. Stress can cause mag­ne­sium de­ple­tion, and a lack of mag­ne­sium mag­nifi es stress. It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand that stress comes in many diff er­ent forms— from phys­i­cal to men­tal to emo­tional to en­vi­ron­men­tal. So, hav­ing an air­plane fl ight de­layed when you haven’t had much sleep, go­ing too long with­out food when you’re out hol­i­day shop­ping, be­ing ex­posed to en­vi­ron­men­tal tox­ins, or drink­ing al­co­hol and trudg­ing through a snow­storm all spell ex­tra stress that in­creases the need for more mag­ne­sium.

Mag­ne­sium seems to act on many lev­els to im­prove the body’s re­sponse to stress and help re­duce or elim­i­nate its ad­verse eff ects. The min­eral has been shown to con­trol the ac­tiv­ity of the

With par­ties, spe­cial events, shop­ping for gifts, buy­ing food, cook­ing, and trav­el­ing to visit fam­ily out of town, I tend to overdo it and be­come anx­i­ety- rid­den, ir­ri­ta­ble, stressed out, fa­tigued, and some­times down­right de­pressed dur­ing the hol­i­days. Is there a sup­ple­ment you could rec­om­mend to take the edge off and help me feel more re­laxed and bal­anced? — Ju­lianne S., Chicago

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