During my 6 year struggle with generalized anxiety disorder I must have visited over 30 different doctors for my health anxiety and panic attack symptoms. I remember the day that things started turning around for me though, together with a number of factors such as getting to the point of ‘no return’ (deciding not to live another day the way I was), I remember hearing an interesting statistic, the statistic that stuck to me like glue was that less than 6% of doctors have any kind of training with nutrition! I thought to myself how could this be! This opened up a whole new world to me because I was conditioned to treat my symptoms of anxiety through liver toxic drugs being given to me, and to try and always lessen the FEELINGS when a panic attack arises, but for the first time I remember feeling like there was a world that I was unaware of that may have been contributing to my anxiety disorder, and that was the world of nutrition.
Taking Responsibility And Deciding To Live Longer and Save Money!
My faith and trust was put into these doctors I was seeing to help me find a cure for my mental health problems, so that I could once and for all move on with my life. But not one time do I clearly remember being told anything about what I was feeding my body, how my exercise routine was, or any other natural solution that would lessen my heightened levels of anxiety at the time.
People who suffer from stress and anxiety don’t really even know that this problem exists until it literally feels like it’s doing some serious physical and mental damage. So after taking more responsibility for my anxiety disorder and not relying solely on others to find a cure for me, I decided to investigate the connection between nutrition and anxiety, and here’s what I found out:
5 Deficiencies You May Have If You Suffer From Chronic Stress And Anxiety:
Magnesium – Stress hormones can deplete the bodies magnesium stores, magnesium is a critical mineral that helps battle anxiety.
Vitamin C – Fresh and uncooked vegetables and fruits contain large amounts of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to reduce not only the psychological effects of stress, but the physical effects as well.
Gaba – This naturally manufactured amino acid in the brain becomes depleted when people are constantly under the effects of stress and anxiety. This causes improper brain function and triggers more anxiety, panic attacks and can lead to insomnia.
Vitamin B Complex – An absolute necessity for people who are going through generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Deficiencies in Vitamin B can lead to symptoms like gastrointestinal disturbances, difficulty concentrating, tiredness, depression and more. One addition to this is be careful when shopping for a vitamin B complex supplement as many of the current retail brands FAIL to live up to their claims on the label, so do your research.
Whole Grain Foods: If you can tolerate gluten make sure you get enough whole grain foods in your diet. Whole grains will not only reduce your hunger but it will fill you with the energy you need for your day. Also the addition of tryptophan and magnesium (two things that have a calming effect on the neurotransmitters) will help fight daily stress and anxiety.
You Are The Best Doctor!
In my eyes there is a certain time that prescription drugs are useful and should be used, but suffering through an anxiety disorder is not that time, what you need to do is replace medication with education starting today. Simply put if you are at the point that your anxiety is causing you to become depressed, then you are simply malnourished and if that’s the case all I can say is look up this word on Google, TUMERIC (magic in a bottle). Nutrition alone won’t stop your anxiety and panic attacks completely, but it will give you that relief you may be searching for, which leads to confidence, which leads to momentum, soon you’ll believe the saying ‘you are what you eat’ a little more.
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