For many of us we live stressful lives and often it is a struggle to keep up with this pace of life. All to often we find our self eating on the run, opting for unhealthy carb lunches or sugar laden snacks, business meetings revolve around liquid lunches and trying to keep up with the social scene all puts a toll on our system.
Consequently we end up having little ‘me time’ in our life and this leaves us feeling burnt out, resulting in symptoms such as depression, sleeping problems and anxiety. If you have physical symptoms that you just can’t pin point this usually results in a trip to the Doctor who will run a set of general blood tests on you, only to establish there is nothing wrong. If this problem is left undiagnosed however, this can set off a vicious cycle as your symptoms get worse, but without the correct help all to soon the situation can get out of hand, and in some cases lead to mental health problems. What is actually happening is that metabolically there are biochemical imbalances going on, the brain becomes very sensitive to any nutritional deficiencies causing an imbalance in the body. Listed below are some natural remedies for anxiety and depression that you may find helpful:
Blood sugar levels: When these are imbalanced this can lead to irritability, tiredness, mood swings and heart palpitations, if you feel you are suffering from any of these symptoms it is important you reduce your intake of caffeine and sweet sugary snacks, ensuring you have a good breakfast, preferably one that contains oats or complex carbohydrates that will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Stimulants: taken in excess in the form of recreational drugs, alcohol, fizzy drinks and caffeine can also present themselves in the body as cravings and signs of anxiety, so try to embark on a detox diet, that will help to exclude these stimulants.
Allergies: If you suffer from mood swing, stress anxiety and problems with sleeping, but are unable to identify the reason it may be that you have an underlying intolerance to certain foods such as wheat, tomatoes, yeast, nuts, red meat or shell fish, if this is the case then it may be worth seeking the advice of a nutritionist who will put you on an exclusion diet.
B vitamins: These are the best natural remedies for anxiety, as they are the brains best friends. B vitamins are essential to keep the brains messengers functioning correctly between each other, without these essential nutrients, the brain can actually produce chemicals which can make you mentally ill. Supplement with a good B vitamin to help keep the neurotransmitters in the brain working effectively for optimum health.
If you are suffering from symptoms of stress, the key is to find real help, often those who are qualified in complimentary medicine are able to help such as naturopaths, herbalists and nutritionists, they tend to be more equipped to dealing with symptoms of anxiety and stress then those in the medical field. They will undertake a thorough consultation that will not only look at your eating patterns, but also your lifestyle factors and any medication you are currently on, in order to help you back on the path to well being.