Your heart starts pounding, the walls start closing in, you are sweating, worrying about EVERYTHING and its all too much.
A minimal amount of worry is normal, in fact it is necessary to motivate us to get things done!
Its when its excessive, uncontrollable, constant and interfering with our work, relationships and social lives that it is time to take a look at what is going on.
In a ‘no worries’ society, I feel like there are alot of people smiling and nodding and dying on the inside.
Anxiety is so common now, that people are accepting it as normal. Please don’t. Despite what many will like to have you believe, life wasn’t meant to be a struggle.
Treating anxiety naturopathically means looking at all aspects of your life – diet, sleep, work, social life, stressors, alcohol intake and then works out a plan of ‘attack’, personalised to you….hey, theres no point trying to implement a new regime that will add to your anxiety!
In the mean time, here are some foods that can help get you started:
Eating for Anxiety:
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids – lack of these acids can lead to mood instability.
* Supplementation omega 3 is a great way to ensure you are getting ‘therapeutic’ dosage of omega 3s….not just ‘maintenance” dosage. Please see a health professional to get them to correctly prescribe a dosage to suit you and your condition. There are many people incorrectly self-prescribing!
- Antioxidants (beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E) – helps improve mood
Eat: (think – ‘eat a rainbow’!)
Green leafy vegetables
Sweet red and green peppers
Red chili peppers
- Vitamin D – boost serotonin, a neurotransmitter, in deficiency, is associated with anxiety.
- Amino Acids (Protein) – used by the brain to make neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine that are related to mood.
- Melatonin – insomnia is one symptom of anxiety. Melatonin helps regulate sleep.
B6 – helps in the processing of serotonin, melatonin and dopamine – liver, red and green peppers, hazelnuts, peanuts, cashews, turkey, cod, whole grains, wheat germ, beef and pork
B12 – deficiencies can lead to mood swings – clams, oysters, liver, mackerel, herring, cheese, eggs, meat, veal)
B3 or niacin – helps avoid symptoms of anxiety – salmon, tuna , chicken, halibut, liver, beef, organ meats, peanuts, wheat, rice, oat, yeast, brewer’s, white fish, veal, mushrooms, brown rice, bulghur wheat, sesame, sunflower seeds, wholemeal pastas, buckwheat, dried peaches
Remember, if you are intolerant to some of these foods, please don’t eat them:)
If you would like a personalised treatment plan to get you feeling great, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
So for now… take a deep breath, exhale and be kind to yourself and others….