When it comes to trauma recovery of any kind (complex PTSD, PTSD, Attachment Trauma, Shock Trauma) - there is no magic pill💥💥.
However, when we use the RIGHT components together, in the right order, consistently, we can speed up our recovery.
Remember that trauma represents a lack of resources whether those resources be energy, attachment, nutrients, or essential minerals and nutrients. When we are dealing with trauma we are dealing with a body that has suffered under the weight of too much, too soon, too fast with too little resources, for too long.
So let's talk about one powerful, game-changing resource when it comes to trauma healing: Magnesium!
What is magnesium?
Magnesium is a mineral - an essential nutrient for the health of the human body
It is required for nerve function, blood pressure regulation, blood pressure, making protein, bone & DNA (National Institute of Health). Most importantly, It is a primary mineral that is utilized during the stress response. And it is a primary mineral when it comes to brain homeostasis (the healthful balance of the brain)
Magnesium Deficiency in Stress & Trauma
In the 1990s Galland & Seelig introduced the Vicious Circle concept in looking at the relationship between magnesium & stress.
What they found was that when stressed, the body uses more magnesium than it can efficiently replace. And this magnesium deficiency then creates more stress.
We know that stored trauma decreases stress resiliency. Magnesium deficiency can be a major part of that decreased capacity for stress!
Factors and behaviors associated with the western lifestyle, including intense sport and physical activity poor sleep quality and quantity, and psychological stress, can also induce magnesium loss.
Those who deal with depression that is resistant to therapy have lower levels of magnesium in the central nervous system.
One Russian study demonstrated that "at baseline the majority of women were suffering from symptoms like irritability, fatigue, and sleep disorders, and 60% presented magnesium deficiency"
Magnesium L-Threonate exhibited a neuroprotective effect against oxidative stress damage
Aged animals given magnesium L-threonate showed
improvement in spatial memory (orienting response) (memory in relation to
environment) and spatial orientation; these improvements declined with discontinuation of magnesium L-threonate.
Magnesium deficiency has a detrimental effect on sleep quality - both falling and staying asleep!
Sleep is one the body's foremost restorative processes that can protect the brain from inflammation and the nervous system from dysregulation.
Remember - Inflammation is a major component of the freeze response!
In addition to emotional, psychological and nervous system practices for restoring a healthy nervous system - magnesium is a powerful mineral that when used as part of a holistic recovery program from trauma (PTSD, CPTSD, Chronic Stress, Attachment Trauma) can provide great support to the whole-body system and speed up recovery!