Friday, February 12, 2010

Anxiety

Unfortunately, all that most doctors have to offer are medications such as Valium and antidepressants. These are often not only addictive and ineffective, but also rife with side effects.

Fortunately, natural therapies can be as or more effective. In addition, it is important to treat both the psychological and physical underlying causes.

Physical Causes

Overactive thyroid

Especially if you have weight loss, racing heart/palpitations or sweating.

Progesterone and estrogen are low

This can be seen in woman approaching menopause, and can occur 5-12 years before periods stop and tests for menopause become positive (called peri-menopause).

Low testosterone (men)

Especially beginning in, or after, one's late 40's.

Adrenal (stress handler) gland fatigue

Suspect this if you get irritable when hungry or sugar crave.

Nutritional deficiencies

Especially B Vitamins and magnesium.


PSYCHOLOGICAL CAUSES:

SUPPRESSING FEELINGS

When the anger/fear is buried, so you're not aware of it, it will often come out as hyperventilation. This is often associated with panic attacks with intermittent inability to take a deep enough breath, numbness and tingling around your lips and in your fingers, and feeling like you're going to die. Though scary, it is not dangerous.

TREATMENTS:

Diet and Exercise

Walk in sunshine

Increase your exercise (especially walking in the sunshine). This is a great stress reliever.

Avoid sugar and caffeine

Green tea is OK.

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTS:

A new mix of natural therapies has been dramatically effective in treating anxiety — and actually increases energy and mental clarity! These include the following nutrients. These are all found in combination in an anti-anxiety herbal mix called Calming Balance.

B Complex

Vitamin B1: Very high dose thiamine (vitamin B-1) at 500 mg 3 times a day.

Vitamin B3: Niacin (vitamin B3) is a natural tranquilizer — without being addictive. Some experts go so far as to call niacin "nature's valium."

Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) is critical in the production of two brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that prevent anxiety (GABA and serotonin). Low vitamin B-12 has also been shown to be associated with anxiety.

Vitamin B5: Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is another B vitamin that is critical for the treatment of adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is a very common trigger for low blood sugar induced anxiety.

Magnesium

Magnesium has been called the "anti-stress mineral." Magnesium relaxes muscles, helps sleep, and relieves tension. Dropping magnesium levels can trigger hyperventilation/panic attacks (and even seizures if very severe) and these are often relieved with magnesium therapy.

Theanine

Theanine, which comes from green tea, is another outstanding treatment for anxiety. Research has shown that theanine works by two mechanisms. The first is that it increases alpha brainwave activity, creating a state of deep relaxation and mental alertness similar to what is achieved through meditation. Second, L-theanine is involved in the formation of the calming neurotransmitter, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). It also naturally stimulates the release of the "happiness molecules" serotonin and dopamine. Only the "Sun Theanine" form is used by most reputable companies.

Passion flower extract

This is one of the best known herbs for the treatment of anxiety. In fact, in South America when people are anxious, their friends often tell them to "go get a passion flower drink."

Magnolia

Magnolia bark has a long history of use in traditional Chinese formulas that relieve both anxiety and depression without leaving you feeling like you've been drugged.

The good news is that by combining the above, you can be calm, energized, and have a clear mind — naturally!

Other Therapies & Advice

Express your anger

From a psychological perspective, anxiety usually represents (often repressed) anger toward someone else or fear about a situation. These feelings need to be expressed/acknowledged — and then released. You can tell when the anger is healthy because it will feel good to express it. When it stops feeling good, release it.

Treat adrenal fatigue

If irritable when hungry, see Adrenal Fatigue.

Happiness

See 3 Steps to Happiness.

More info. Online

Articles at EndFatigue.com

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