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Anxiety disorder is considered a nervous condition that is brought on when a person is experiencing an overwhelming feeling of fear, doubt, uncertainty, nervousness, and apprehension. Symptoms associated with anxiety attacks are irritability, restlessness, racing thoughts, nervous tremors, inability to concentrate or focus, and sweating. Although anxiety is a normal reaction when one is faced with challenging situations, some people struggle with more intense anxiety, which can be disabling because of the frequency of the attacks and the uncertainty of when the attack will take place. Most people diagnosed with anxiety disorder have a very difficult time performing daily routines and maintaining healthy relationships. There are many forms of anxiety disorders and quite a few risk factors that can cause the development of anxiety disorders. People who suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder suffer from excessive fear and worry more days a week than normal, and can last longer than six months. Those who suffer from Panic Attacks can experience an unexpected occurrence of symptoms, which are brought on by triggers, which may bring back memories of bad situations, causing the person to be fearful about their current situation.
Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders are usually treated with medications and psychotherapy. There are other natural, self-help remedies that, when combined with the two, can help those suffering from anxiety disorder maintain a healthy lifestyle, as well as healthy relationships with others. The key to alleviating anxiety attacks is by recognizing what triggers these attacks, seek support and help to manage the symptoms, maintain a healthy diet free from foods, alcohol, and other poor lifestyle habits, which can cause nervousness or affect your central nervous system. Some other ways you can reduce your symptoms of anxiety are through meditation and practicing mindfulness. Focusing on the here and now can help you manage your fears and feelings of hopelessness, therefore, helping you to be more optimistic about your current situation. Along with meditation, practicing breathing and relaxation techniques can also help ease some of the symptoms associated with an anxiety disorder.
Nutrition and Anxiety
Eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and reducing the amount of or alcohol and caffeine intake, as well as foods high in sugar and trans-fat can help relieve anxiety. A diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, as well as lean meats can help maintain your blood levels, preventing any imbalances that may cause one to feel jittery and nervous inside. Because anxiety can affect a person’s appetite and cause digestive issues, such as heartburn associated with GERD, eating small portions, relaxing teas, and soups can help. There are many herbal recipes that contain all the nutrients the body needs to fight the physical effects of anxiety. Dr. Steven Gundry’s Longevity Paradox leek soup recipe provides most of the ingredients that can help quench anxiety attacks. Leeks, one of the ingredients in Dr. Gundry’s soup, is a part of the onion family, is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, which supports the adrenal glands, which reduces stress and anxiety levels and K, which normalizes blood glucose, reduces anxiety and depression. It also contains iron and thiamin and is very good for promoting good digestive health. Other foods that can help manage anxiety are; Brazilian nuts, which are high in selenium, a supplement that stabilizes the mood, foods high in vitamin D, Omega-3 Fatty Acid, magnesium and turmeric.
Although there are no diets that can actually cure anxiety attacks, watching what you eat can help reduce some of the symptoms. Maintaining a well-balanced, healthy diet not only promotes better physical health, but it also plays an important role in improving your overall mental health as well.