What supplements could I take to help relieve anxiety and/or panic attacks? This is a question I have been asked three times in the last day! I thought I would share a few simple remedies with you.
St. John’s Wort, 5-HTP, Herbal Nerve (by Swiss) may be helpful. Always check with your pharmacist if taking medications to ensure no interactions. 3000mg. of pharmaceutical grade fish oil, Vitamin B complex – 100 – 300 mg., selenium, 100- 200mcg., and food grade iodine are additional options you may wish to research and consider.
While taking supplements may relieve your anxiety in the short term, it is always best to address the cause, and make lifestyle changes. Journalling, reading information and books about dealing with challenges, uplifting spiritual books, or any books, DVD’s, CD’s that promote the pursuit of relaxation, and enjoyment of life are helpful to many. I recently listened to “The Power Of Joy” by Christianne Northrup, M.D. – very inspiring. Meditation, in any form that works for you, such as breathing exercises, on a daily basis, is recommended.
“A good friend is worth 1000 psychiatrists”. Remember to connect with someone who loves you everyday, and share your situation, briefly, with them. Then share with them the actions you are planning to do to make changes in that situation.
Exercise daily, as this stimulates the thyroid gland, important to our emotional health.
Stabilize your blood sugar (responsible for those ups and downs) by consuming small quantities of good quality protein 4 – 5 times a day. Eliminate caffeine, alcohol and sugar. Eat complex carbohydrates like quinoa, raw nuts and seeds, instead of enriched and processed products. Maintain your essential fatty acid intake (see fish oil above), with good fats like cold pressed coconut and olive oil, hemp seed oil, and natural fats.
Now is the time to treat yourself to massage, or reflexology. Take a day off just for yourself to do whatever pleases you.
In short, feeling loved and worthwhile, feeling the freedom to do what you wish, and enjoying your life, are all under your control, and go a long way to relieving anxiety and panic attacks. For more information on this, and nutritional strategies, see Eat Away Illness, available at www.healingwithnutrition.ca
Author, Speaker & Registered Nutritional Consultant