Fear and Stress – Part 2
Jan 02, 2015
In my last post I discussed how fear generates stress and how that affects the nutrient reservoir of the body. Stress depletes vitamins and compromises minerals.
Vitamins are technically considered co-enzymes, so you can see the need for high amounts of the B complex vitamins, considering the importance of enzymes in the body.
Minerals are scientifically considered co-factors and catalysts. As catalysts, they allow the electrical impulses of thought to travel through the nerves and reach the cells for which the messages are intended. When there are not enough minerals in the system, there are reactions such as cramping, twitching, spasms, growing pains and tossing and turning during the sleep cycle (assuming the person can stay asleep). Minerals are also involved in some enzyme productions. Enzymes, along with proteins, facilitate the proper operations of the body.
In my previous post, I mentioned how stress compromises calcium, magnesium and zinc. Here we look at the essential minerals calcium and magnesium. Among the many functions of calcium are bone growth, blood clotting (along with vitamin K) and electrical communication (the nervous system).
Magnesium is essential in assisting the body to be able to use calcium. Magnesium is estimated to be involved in over 10,000 different enzyme processes. Once again, you can see the value of assuring your body a high intake of minerals.
With regard to a high amount of minerals, I would not exceed 1000 milligrams of calcium per day unless otherwise directed by a physician. As for magnesium, I would make sure I ingested at least 500 milligrams daily.
When I am working with a client during mind/body consultations, I often refer to the symbolic significance of a nutrient to demonstrate its role in the healing process. From a symbolic point of view, calcium represents strength and magnesium represents inspiration. You cannot use your strength if you are not inspired, and stress compromises both of these nutrients.
Many people feel overwhelmed and under-armed or under-prepared in the sense that they do not have the ability to deal with their perceived reality, which is not true. You are never placed in a situation that you cannot master.
- Michael Schwartz, N.M.D.