How To Reduce Stress & Lose Weight At The Same Time!

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How To Reduce Stress & Lose Weight At The Same Time!

06th Dec 2013

Sleep Better, Feel Better and Slim Down!

Well it’s hardly as simple as that but let’s help you out a bit. The first thing to remember about human beings is that we survived for millions of years without supplements, pills or medicine. We survived, stayed fit and stayed lean by our diets and instincts alone. Based on this, the first place we should look for help with things such as insomnia is our dietary habits.

One of the most problems that we encounter nowadays is a lack of magnesium in our diets. The biggest challenge we face is that we become so obsessed with weight loss, we forget that we need certain vitamins and minerals to well, survive!!

Why is Magnesium so Important?

Magnesium has various functions including the formation of bones and teeth. It also helps in the transmitting of nerve signals and muscle contractions. This is all well I hear you cry but I need sleep and I need to lose weight!!! Okay, hang on a minute.....

Magnesium and Weight Loss

First and foremost, along with calcium, sodium and potassium, magnesium is involved in a lot of chemical reactions in the body. The mobilization of fat as an energy source is one of those reactions. Magnesium plays two roles here. Firstly, it triggers certain enzymes that help digestion and the absorption of fats and proteins. If we digest nutrients properly, we can alleviate cravings for sweet foods. The second way magnesium helps control help is the way it acts with the cells to increase insulin sensitivity. The more glucose that gets burned for fuel in the cells means the less that gets stored as fat! (I will keep this simple for now)

Magnesium, Stress & Sleep

Magnesium is also a common stress reliever. Cortisol and adrenaline, the two human “fight or flight” stress hormones are known to be suppressed with adequate levels of magnesium. Magnesium is vital for the GABA receptors. GABA is a neurotransmitter that helps you to switch off when you need to. Ever noticed that looking at a lap top or reading late at night can affect your sleep? This is because your brain is ‘engaged’ and in order to sleep you need a calm mind. Magnesium will help to do this as well as help with muscle relaxation which in turn helps you to nod off.

Magnesium Sources

Here are some good sources of magnesium:

  • Brazil Nuts
  • Spinach
  • Red meat
  • Cashew Nuts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Tofu

If you really struggle with sleep, I would recommend supplementation, click here for more information

Conclusion

Weight loss is never as simple as some people make out. If you want to maintain a healthy weight and also actually be healthy, you need to consider all bases. Minerals and vitamins are essential to a healthy and long term approach to losing weight. I am assuming it would also be nice not to get stressed all the time as well!