I’m sure by now that you have heard of the term ‘anxiety’ and are aware of its ability to make individuals feel uneasy, on-edge, fearful and even physically pained. What you may not know is that anxiety isn’t always tied back to a common-knowledge trigger. This meaning, someone may not be anxious because of an upcoming test, stressful work environment, a break-up or divorce, or because of imminent danger. In fact, what if I told you that anxiety is not even just the brain “making things up”, but that there is an actual, real underlying cause, that affects brain chemistry?
For some people, understanding that may have just given you a sense of relief. If that person is you, then yes- I’m telling you you’re not crazy!! Anxiety is something that I struggled with for years. It was only after treating various underlying ailments and nutritional deficiencies that I’ve experienced relief. And OMG does it feel good to be free of anxiety and the inability to manage stress.
Anxiety affects more than 3 million people each year, just in the United States. And while anxiety doesn’t manifest in the same ways with everyone, it will inevitably (and sometimes very slowly), interfere with their quality of life. So, what can you do?
Here are my top Anxiety Busting recommendations for long term relief!
- Avoiding stimulants as much as possible. These include caffeine, energy drinks and refined sugar.
- Check for hormonal or mineral imbalances. Low thyroid conditions & adrenal fatigue, along with low levels of zinc, copper and B vitamins, can induce anxiety. I recommend getting a full hormone panel run as well as a SpectraCell Micronutrient Test done to identify existing vitamin & mineral deficiencies.
- Find an exercise you enjoy. Not everyone can be a marathon runner or a powerlifter, but make sure you find something that you are willing to keep up with! For low impact exercise, I recommend Pilates, yoga or even walking around the block after dinner to help clear your mind and elevate stress.
- As much as possible, avoid processed foods full of trans fat or an excess of dairy products (if you need help with a diet plan, I’d love to help you!)
- Supplement long term with Magnesium and eat foods rich in magnesium such as nuts, black beans, green vegetables and dark chocolate… yep, you’re welcome for that one, just keep it in moderation! Magnesium supplementation is imperative for stress management, I recommend a minimum of 500mg, taking the majority of the dose before bed.
- Invest in an anxiety supplement protocol. My absolute favorites include:
NeuroCalm is absolutely wonderful, combine all of the natural supplements that support a healthy mood, cravings and feelings of calm, satiety and satisfaction and combine them in one capsule and boom…you have NeuroCalm!
CatecholaCalm is a calming herbal supplement that is designed to help with mood and promote calmness and relaxation. This unique formula addresses adrenal gland health, which, in turn, may help you manage stress more effectively.
PharmaGABA this chewable form of GABA is naturally sourced and delivers rapid and efficient absorption and assimilation to work quickly and effectively! GABA is a naturally occurring amino acid in the brain and serves as a critical calming agent for the body, helping to combat stress and anxiety.
5-HTP Supreme this synergistic formula of 5-hydroxytryptophan and vitamin B6 support overall neurotransmitter balance and had been proven to increase serotonin levels, therefor improving mood, stress management and anxiety. It also may help with cravings and appetite as well as promote a good night’s sleep.
Inositol, Inositol, Inositol, many times I have referred to Inositol as my best friend, and for good reason! It is a safe and effective way to calm stressful situations on the spot, within minutes. It is water soluble (derived from B8) and safe to take in high doses. It has the ability to turn off racing thoughts that lead to anxiety and brain chatter that keeps you up at night. It is safe for all ages and is also available in a powder form.
B-Supreme like Magnesium, B vitamins are foundational nutrients that are necessary for stress management and can help with natural serration production. Those low in B vitamins are more likely to experience poor gut health and higher amounts of stress and anxiety.
Conquering anxiety is truly a multi-pronged approach, but with the proper diet, physical activity, supplements and coaching, it can be very well-managed.
Do you have questions about which of the above supplements would suit you best? That is what I am here for! Reach out today for a FREE, no strings attached, vitamin consultation. I am happy to assist you and get you on the right track to optimal health, free of anxiety! Email me at krystal@AWSnutrition or call me at 713-835-9071.