We’ve all been there. Anxious at one point or another. It’s a real pain in the butt. Panic attacks, short of breath, stomach problems, heart palpitations, anxiety has a way of showing its ugly face in many ways.
Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States – affecting as much as 40 MILLION people (18 & older). Anxiety doesn’t stop at adults though – statistics are showing that 1 in 8 of kids will develop an anxiety issue. Anti-anxiety medication prescription is at an all time high right now. What is going on?!
Side Note: Medication can help severe cases on anxiety, so you can actually get to a point of handling symptoms and getting yourself mentally ready for finding natural anxiety-relief remedies. Anti-anxiety medicine does not cure anything, so you still need to dig and find the reasons why you are having anxiety and what you can do to fix it with your lifestyle. No one wants to be on medicine their whole life. But it can be a useful stepping stone for severe cases. Neurotransmitter levels can heavily influence how we deal with anxiety. Next week, an episode is coming out on the Thrival Nutrition Podcast where I’m teaching you the basics about neurotransmitters and what you can do. Stay tuned!
Today I want to tell you about some research-based natural ways to relieve anxiety. I’ve personally dealt with anxiety before and I’ve found a handful of things that have helped my body handle stress and anxiety in a healthy way. Are you ready?
–Lavender and Bergamot essential oil! These essential oils have chemical compounds that can help reduce anxiety and be helpful during panic attacks. I love these oils because they are calming and uplifting. Many of the citrus essential oils can help with mood and anxiety as well, like orange, lemon, and lime.
–Meditation! Studies are showing that getting into this deep state of rest and practiced on a regular basis can reduce anxiety and boost self-actualization.
–Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and any food allergens. Dr. Murray talks about the biochemistry of anxiety and saw that people with anxiety were sensitive to extra lactate (final breakdown of blood sugar when there isn’t any oxygen) versus normal people. He recommends that reducing the levels of lactate can help with anxiety and panic attacks. Taking away the foods that I just mentioned can reduce the lactate levels in the body, since these foods can be responsible for the elevated lactate levels.
–GABA is a neurotransmitter that is associated with anxiety. When levels of GABA are low, the body cant’t handle anxiety and stress. Yoga has been studied to help increase your GABA levels naturally.
–Intake more omega-3! People that suffer from anxiety can be low in omega-3 fatty acids. A study showed that 75% of the people in the study had improved symptoms of agoraphobia within 2-3 months after taking flaxseed oil of 2-6 tablespoons daily. Another study backing up the improvement of depression, anxiety, and psychotic symptoms by the use of omega-3 supplementation.
–Kava Kava. A studied herb that has shown the benefits of helping with anxiety. A study with placebo-controlled and randomized showed the success of this herb with treating non-psychosis anxiety.
–Acupuncture is also studied to be beneficial for people with anxiety disorders that may have already tried everything and nothing worked. The Trait Anxiety test showed improvement with the people that took the acupuncture versus the ones that didn’t.
– Vitamin C Supplement! A double blind, controlled, randomized study of high school students showed that students that took 500 mg of vitamin C had reduced anxiety compared to the placebo group. The average heart rates of the students that took the vitamin C were also very different from the placebo group. Vitamin C is also antioxidant rich and has many other health benefits associated with it.
These are some great ideas to help reduce your anxiety naturally. Have you tried any of things before? What works for one person may not work for another, but there are tons of things that you can try and fit into lifestyle to help your days become anxiety free. Which we’d all love right?!
Remember to show this blog to someone you know that may be suffering from anxiety! I’ve been there and some of this habits have changed my life! Cheers!