Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but some people are uneasy so often – or have frightening episodes called panic attacks – that anxiety interferes with their normal life.
Taking B vitamins, certain minerals and calming herbs may help.
When you are faced with a potentially dangerous situation – a large barking dog, for example – anxiety is a healthy response. Sensing the danger, your brain signals for the release of hormones to prepare your body to defend itself. Muscles grow tense, heartbeat and breathing rate increase and the blood even becomes more likely to clot (in case you are injured). In many individuals this response is set in motion even when there is no obvious threat. Such a reaction can be bad for your health, causing exhaustion, poor concentration, a sense of detachment from yourself or your surrounding, headaches, stomach problems and an increase in blood pressure.
Anxiety disorders come in two basic forms. Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a chronic condition that involves a recurring sense of foreboding and worry accompanied by mild physical symptoms. A panic attack on the other hand, comes on suddenly and unexpectedly, with symptoms so violent that the episodes are often mistaken for a heart attack or another life-threatening condition.
In many cases herbal and nutritional remedies for anxiety can be used in place of prescription drugs, which may be addictive and have other unpleasant side effects. People with anxiety might benefit from calcium, magnesium, B Vitamins – all of which are important for the healthy functioning of the nervous system. Herbs such as Valerian are known to aid sleep which can be used throughout the day at low doses for a calming effect.
changes in your diet such as cutting out caffeine, alcohol and excess sugar may benefit and an increase in exercise is often shown to help.
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