Your Monthlies and the role of Magnesium (part one)

Lee Harold

In this post we're going to get into premenstrual cramps and spasms, but first a primer on the whole thing. We will refer to this article in subsequent posts on the different symptoms in the near future.

The Basics

PMS / PMT is a highly personal experience, the symptoms are varied and inconsistent and how each person is affected by them is also unique. However we're no longer in the dark ages where GP's used to write people off as being neurotic and that's progress ... right?
The physical process leading to PMS and PMT is very well understood and yes it IS your hormones.
Simply put, a specific area of the brain called the hypothalamus sends out signals to check if the egg in the ovaries has been fertilized, if it hasn't, it releases a hormone to instigate the menstrual cycle, breaking down the wall of the ovaries and expelling the egg, this is what we know as menstruation.

A busy bit of brain
The hypothalamus is busier than a mother of triplets. It controls your appetite, your body clock and temperature and many daily bodily functions. It's like the orchestral conductor of our bodies.
Many people believe that it's part of our brain that has not had time to adapt to our modern lives, where many of the natural cues it used to take from the environment and nature do not exist any more. (The electric light for example means it feels like daytime, all the time), thus the hypothalamus gets overwhelmed.

This seems to be borne out when we know that many of the symptoms of PMS/PMT such as sugar cravings, restlessness, flushes and irritability can be traced directly to the hypothalamus doing it's job.  As previously mentioned, we'll go into each of these of these symptoms and the role of magnesium in more depth in more articles, this post is specifically about menstrual cramps.

Menstrual cramps are a product of the physical process of menstruation. If the uterus contracts too strongly, it can press against nearby blood vessels, cutting off the supply of oxygen to the muscle tissue of the uterus. 

Magnesium stimulates calcium to be released into the muscles causing them to relax. If magnesium is deficient this does not happen. It is thought that the muscle cells try to hang onto the calcium that is in short supply and that this contributes to the cramping.

The best way to understand the cause of painful cramps, then, is to realize that when either calcium or magnesium is in short supply, or when the two minerals are not in the correct proportion, cramps occur. This is an oversimplification but enough for what we need to know, and that is; magnesium deficiency is a bad thing if you suffer from menstrual cramps. Supplementation of magnesium is beneficial in treating cramps when they occur and defending against them recurring.

Application of Amazing Oils topical magnesium to the lower abdomen can provide quick relief.

If you're taking magnesium orally, then this won't help as much because oral magnesium supplements lose up 95% of what you require. Our Amazing Oils Roll On can be applied directly to the affected area, soothing and releasing the muscle. A bath with Amazing Oils bath flakes is also a wonderful way to relieve all other aches and pains at the same time whiles getting clean too, bonus!

This is the first in series on Magnesium and PMS/PMT, also coming soon is a series about the menopause so make sure you check back often.

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