Nutrients That Heal Anxiety

Interruptong the mind/body connection during an anxiety spell is one the fastest ways to get better.

During anxiety I noticed that I'd imagine a scenario and then my brain would go off on a tangent picturing more imaginary situations, all of them negative. The reality is that any situation could go in any direction, but my mind always chose the worst case scenario. The process would wipe out my confidence. As a result, my work performance decreased, my memory began to wane, and my creativity was zapped, then more negative situations would pop into my head.

I was drained, and sometimes I felt depressed and disgusted at the whole thing. The bright area was my deep knowledge that I could change and not just be better, but great.

I dug around and found that vitamin deficiency can cause tiredness, problems with thought, even paranoia or hallucinations. One culprit was vitamin B12. I found out that reduced B12 in the body can magnify anxiety symptoms.

The easiest way to find out whether you have a vitamin deficiency is to go to any local lab office and order a test. You may be surprised by the results. Since I'm a former bodybuilder and used to live on strict diets, and supplementation, I introduced a full spectrum organic vitamin supplement in liquid form which included all essential vitamins and a few trace minerals like magnesium and potassium. What a difference! A liquid is always my favorite way to deliver nutrients to my body because it's more absorbable by the body.

Additionally, the body needs vitamins to perform thousands of functions, so if your body feels better, your attitude will begin to change, especially if you want to change, or expect change.

In a day or two, I felt energized and had clarity of mind. You can get B12 from eating fish, meat, eggs, and dairy products, but because everyone processes vitamins differently it's probably a good idea to ask your doctor about the best way to get vitamin B into your body.

Here's another nutrient that completely changed my life. Studies now show major depression and mood disorders associated with feelings of inadequacy, desperation, pessimism, and sadness have been linked to magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium deficiency is well known to produce neuropathologies, or nervous system tissue damage through the body, including in the brain. Magnesium deficiency could manifest as depression or anxiety.

Magnesium treatment is now looked at as an effective treatment for major depression, traumatic brain injury, headaches, suicidal ideation, anxiety, irritation, insomnia, drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse, short-term memory loss and IQ loss. Science is discovering that magnesium deficits may induce stress hormones, like cortisol. Case histories are showing rapid recovery from major depression sometimes in as little as seven days using 125-300 mg of magnesium (as glycinate and taurinate) with each meal and at bedtime.

For the first time in our history science is studying magnesium deficiency as a major cause of mental health issues including IQ loss. The nutrients in our diet are not what they used to be. Since the early 1900's our soil no longer delivers key nutrients like magnesium to the foods we eat, so supplementation is necessary.

Another powerful nutrient to consider is potassium. Low potassium levels are associated with mood disturbances like depression and anxiety. In 2008 the “British Journal of Nutrition” announced that healthy potassium levels enhance mood and relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety.

It might be time for you to supplement your meditation practice with full spectrum liquid vitamins. Check with your doctor.

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