I would like to start off by saying that my purpose is to share MY experience and information as I seek to improve my health through a holistic approach. I did go to a holistic doctor to oversee the supplements I added or subtracted. I’m not a doctor nor claim to be. Now that we have that out of the way lets get to it.
If you read my previous post about my anxiety and depression struggle then you will know that I’ve suffered with it since the age of 12. I’ve had my fair share dealing with Zoloft, Xanax, and other medications. At times they worked and other times I didn’t feel normal and even had worse episodes while taking them. After trail and error, I knew I wanted to find answers elsewhere.
Typically, we go to our doctor to get answers but mostly we’re looking for a “fast fix” and when they tell us to take something that will fix us in two weeks we take it without looking into the side effects or long-term effects. Just like I did when I first started antidepressant medication. When I started seeing my CBT therapist she told me that not only is there a way to control my anxious thoughts but that there’s natural supplements that can help as much as prescription medicine. She had an entire bookcase dedicated to scientific research on vitamins and herbs that help with ADHD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, OCD, and much more. Not only books but research studies done with suffering patients that ended up published in medical journals. That’s the real deal! Not only will I share what she went over with me but also what I’ve learned though my holistic doctor and an amazing author Kelly Brogan, MD. Her book was a life changer for me. I’ll link it here (http://amzn.to/2yHvW5S ). I believe it has the best information in one book. She studied neuroscience at MIT and then realized what money hungry asses the prescription companies are and how they truly effect people longterm. She found other alternatives which are safer and they work for most patients. Let me clarify because as I mentioned before most of us are looking for a quick fix but when dealing with natural supplements you have to give yourself more than two weeks time. It can take up to a couple of months to feel a noticeable change. But once you do you’ll see what a difference it makes with your mind and body, as it did with me. Learn to TRUST your body and give yourself some real time to change.
First and foremost,
Eating a Clean and Well-Balanced Diet
Technically not a supplement but this is just as important if not more than supplements. Eating anti-inflammatory foods can be a natural remedy for anxiety because they are important for neurotransmitters synthesizing and balancing your mood and stress response. It’s also important to eat healthy fats, unrefined carbohydrates and lean protein. I personally like having a high fat diet but I will go over that in future post. To improve anxiety symptoms, make sure to add vitamin B foods, magnesium rich foods, foods high in calcium and omega-3 foods to your diet too. Consuming too many or too little calories can increase anxiety symptoms and other psychological or emotional disorders. Poor diet can lead to many anxiety symptoms, including moodiness, fatigue and abnormal blood sugar levels that cause nervousness and the jitters. Believe me when I say this used to happened to me all the time, even my husband could tell when I didn’t have food in my system! You got to eat good to feel good.
The studies on magnesium is extremely favorably when it comes to helping with anxiety, majority of adults are deficient. And at times when were deficient it can mimic anxiety symptoms. It’s hard to get the adequate amount of magnesium through food due to our soil being depleted of magnesium and because our body uses magnesium when we are stressed. And most of us have some sort of stress, shoot if not a lot of damn stress. Magnesium helps to relax your muscles and calm the nervous system. Also, it’s vital for GABA function and for regulating certain hormones that are crucial for calming the brain and promoting relaxation. Magnesium is commonly used to combat anxiety, poor digestion, muscles aches and spasms and trouble sleeping. Magnesium is my first choice on supplements, without it I don’t sleep well and my stress is on another level.
The form of magnesium you take is important. Not every form is easily absorbed. Again, it depends on the person needs. Generally, the first choice is glycinate which is absorbed best orally. (http://amzn.to/2x9qNPZ ) I take this one orally 3x a day.
Another form I like is citrate but that’s mostly due to my favorite drink contains it. Not only is the citrate absorbed well but it can help with keeping you regular if you catch my drift 😉 The drink taste so good that I enjoy drinking my magnesium like this at night. (http://amzn.to/2zlj4Pq )
Overall, the best way to get magnesium is topically. I use this spray at night. (http://amzn.to/2xRhPpX) I spray 2-3x on each foot then rub it in and then cover my feet with socks so I don’t get it all over my sheets. I personally don’t do all of my magnesium things in the same day. Sometimes I take my pills and use the spray at night while other days I just get my need though my NATURAL CALM drink at night. Do what works for you or what your doctor suggest.
Some will be surprised that zinc is on my list it’s an essential mineral that plays a part in controlling the brain and body response to stress. Our body requires zinc to conduct functions like protein synthesis and cell division. The highest amount of zinc in the body is in our brains. Which is reason why zinc deficiency has been shown to lead to symptoms of depression, ADHD, aggression, and violence. Sadly, it took numerous tests for me to find out I was way below the normal range of zinc. I experienced all those all symptoms. Getting on zinc supplement was very important for me. I take this one ( http://amzn.to/2yA8kio ) once a day. I try to take it in the morning but if I forget I take it whenever I can. I like this combo because it also includes Cooper which is an essential complementary nutrient.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fatty acids are essential to the structure and functions of cell membranes. Basically without them, our cells would fall apart. So you can say they are pretty damn important. Fish and cod liver oil contain the two best of the best Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Those fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and boost brain regeneration. They also are needed for proper neurological function, cell membrane maintenance, mood regulation and hormone production. For that reason I take a cod liver oil supplement. Please use a trust worthy company as some of the fish used in supplements can have high levels of mercury, metals, dioxins, and other bad sh*t. I trust Green Pasture and are known to be use the best source as well as extracted properly. ( http://amzn.to/2x99E8J)
Sorry for making this into two blog post but as you can see this is something I’m passionate about and I wanted to make sure I got everything I had to say without writing a novel. Anxiety supplements (part two) will be up asap. I’m currently working on the editing. Please leave a comment if you found this helpful as well as any questions you may have. Subscribe in the right hand side if you want to keep up with all the blog post 🙂
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