Over 40 million Americans over the age of 18, including over half of all college students, are affected by frequent and chronic bouts of anxiety.
As a matter of fact, anxiety disorders have bypassed depression and are now the #1 mental illness in the US, coining the quote, “Anxiety is the new depression.”
Unfortunately, many people with anxiety turn to medications which may temporarily dull your symptoms, but ultimately worsen your problems.
For example, benzodiazepines (such as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan) can cause drowsiness, dizziness, change in sex drive/ability, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, slurred speech, loss of coordination and memory problems!
Plus they can produce a VERY strong physical dependence in as little as 14 days, and cause life-threatening withdrawal seizures.
SSRI antidepressants (Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro) are another common treatment. They can cause stomach upset, sexual problems, fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, weight change, and headaches, as well as impaired liver function, pancreatic problems and decreased white blood cell count (aka weakened immune function). They can even spur the development of tics!
Clearly there has to be…
Other, safer answers!
Thankfully there are safe, natural remedies for anxiety that have been shown to be very effective, without the possible deadly side effects of medications.
Here are 10 of the best:
1- Get enough sleep
Sleep and anxiety create a vicious cycle. Anxiety can cause you to lose sleep, but at the same time, lacking sleep can trigger anxiety!
Strive to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, taking a warm bath with Epsom salts can help, as well as sipping chamomile tea. Avoid sugars, caffeine and alcohol in the evening.
2- Supplement with vitamin B12
Deficiencies in vitamin B12 have been linked to symptoms of anxiety. Vegans and vegetarians are particularly vulnerable, as B12 is only found in animal foods.
Plus B12 is not easily absorbed in the GI tract, so the elderly, people with digestive problems, people who have had gallbladder or gastric surgery and people taking acid reducers also frequently run low.
To make sure your body has enough of this vital nutrient, supplementation with an oral B12 spray like Hydroxaden 2.5 is the perfect solution. The B12 is absorbed in the mucus membranes of your mouth, thereby avoiding any absorbency problems in your digestive tract.
3- Try acupuncture
Acupuncture aims to balance the body’s energy flow and can be tremendously helpful with anxiety (as well as chronic pain and many other health issues).
4- Take a walk
Exercise floods your body with feel-good endorphins, plus it encourages better sleep too.
Studies show that just 21 minutes of exercise is all it takes to help reduce anxiety!
So get your doctor’s OK (I’m sure he or she will be very pleased) and get moving. Brisk walking is a great activity and just about everyone can do that!
5- Support strong gut health
There is a network of chemical and electrical signals called the “brain-gut axis” that continuously pass between the central nervous system (your brain and nerves) and the gastrointestinal system (your gut). What affects one directly affects the other.
The brain-gut axis is the reason why you feel butterflies in your stomach when you're nervous, or on the flip side why people with Crohn’s or IBS often develop anxiety or depression.
So truly a healthy gut can help encourage a healthy mind!
For strong gut health, concentrate on fiber-rich fresh vegetables and tossed salads, eat fermented foods like sauerkraut, avoid refined carbs and supplement with a full-spectrum, multi-strain probiotic formula like Super Shield.
6- Try lavender essential oil
Studies have shown lavender oil is associated with decreased symptoms of anxiety.
You can try putting a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow or in your bath. You can also dab a few drops right on your skin, as lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be applied directly.
And if you are looking for a source of top-quality, pure essential oils, check out our line of Mooseberry essential oils! We feature 2 lavender oils you can choose from—Lavender Mint or Ocean Lavender.
7- Have a diet of wholesome real foods
A nutrient-poor diet of processed and fast foods, as well as lots of sugars and refined carbs, not only deprives your body and mind of the nutrients they so desperately need to function properly, but it can also trigger many anxiety symptoms, including moodiness, fatigue and abnormal blood sugar levels that cause nervousness and the jitters.
Choose real foods—fresh vegetables and fruits, meats, poultry and wild-caught fish, eggs, nuts, and healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, real butter (never, EVER margarine) and avocado.
8- Make sure you have enough vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency can trigger anxiety and depression, and unfortunately, low levels are common in our society today due to fears about skin cancer and avoiding direct sunlight. Also, food sources of vitamin D are limited.
Most people can safely spend 20 minutes in the sun unprotected to allow your body to manufacture vitamin D. Also, an outstanding supplement like Optimal DK Formula with FruiteX-B can help ensure you consistently maintain health-supporting levels of this crucial nutrient.
9- Help create calmness from within
You can help achieve inner calmness through meditation, prayer, deep breathing, visualization or listening to relaxing music.
Remove sources of anxiety around you as much as possible. Avoid watching upsetting shows on TV or horror/heavy violence movies, don’t be glued to Facebook 24/7, and if it’s a job or relationship that causes your anxiety, it’s time to consider making a change.
10- Avoid artificial sweeteners
This is yet another reason to avoid those chemical concoctions that are nothing but a health abomination—they have been associated with anxiety, depression and headaches!
Remember that artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose and Ace-K are hiding in many processed foods, so read labels carefully (or better yet, avoid processed foods as much as possible!).
Ease your anxiety naturally and start feeling better fast!
To your health,