Eye twitching, medically known as myokymia, is frequently caused by chronic stress.
We’re so accustomed to our busy modern lifestyles, we’re sometimes slow to recognize the pieces of the puzzle: lack of sleep, too much caffeine, fatigue, anxiety, overwork, too much television and screen time, blowing off steam with a glass of wine, or two, or maybe even three.
All of these sources of stress deplete our body’s minerals just as quickly as they zap our energy. And to make matters worse, when we get stressed, we’re much more likely to go for that extra cup of coffee and fast food rather than taking the time to drink more water and eat really well.
While eye twitching is not life threatening, it is annoying. And, the good news is it's easy to fix.
Here are five easy tips to beat eye twitching in a day:
1. Hydrate with pure water. Your ideal daily intake in ounces is your weight in pounds divided by two. For example: 120 lbs. / 2 = 60 oz. If that’s way more than you currently get, take baby steps in the right direction everyday. It’s about building a successful trend. If you don’t like the taste of plain water feel free to add a squeeze of lemon or lime, or organic fresh fruit slices, but be careful not to add products containing high amounts of sugar or fake sugars (aspartame – I’m talking to you).
2. Let yourself catch up on needed sleep. Dim the lights and rest your eyes.
3. Take a 5-minute mini-vacation. Write down everything that’s weighing on your mind. That way, when it starts to loops like an endless tape, you can remind yourself you’ve already taken note of it so you can think about it later.
4. Deep breathing coupled with gentle self-massage. Whether you hold your tension in your jaw, feel it in your temples, or are a fan of ear reflexology, don’t be afraid to give yourself a mini-massage.
5. Restore your mineral reserves. My favorites to focus on are magnesium and potassium. These are readily found in spinach, salmon, and almonds - which combine to make a great salad. Snacks can include avocados or bananas for additional targeted mineral support.
In my practice I have great clinical success encouraging these foods in the diet and coupling that with targeted nutritional supplements for even faster results. My favorite product is CalmWithin Mineral Balance, an effervescent raspberry lemonade flavored electrolyte blend providing magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C.
If you’ve taken magnesium supplements before you may already know this, but you especially want to avoid products that contain magnesium carbonate. This form of the mineral is poorly absorbed and frequently leads to urgent bowel movements or diarrhea. The magic in CalmWithin Mineral Balance is its absorption: when the effervescent powder hits water, the magnesium and potassium react with the vitamin C to form all the naturally occurring Krebs cycle chelates. That translates into providing the most absorbable form of the minerals possible. That means true mineral absorption without the fear of urgent bowel movements.
Preventing eye twitching is easy as a snap if you keep your water intake up; add in great mineral support, and follow-through with a nutrient dense diet and restful sleep.
If you ever experience a similar fine rippling effect over the face rather than the eyelid itself, it may be a sign of something more serious, and you should consult your physician right away.
Eye twitching is just one symptom of stress, but there are many others. Get my FREE GUIDE to learn more about how to overcome stress no matter what the symptoms may be.