What is Anxiety? It is an uncomfortable state characterized by fear, apprehension, dread and uneasiness with physical manifestations such as heart beating fast, heart beating hard, trembling, dry mouth, sweating, weakness, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
Anxiety is an unpleasant emotional state that can range from mild unease to intense fear. Anxiety differs from fear in that while fear is a rational response to a real danger, anxiety usually lacks a clear or realistic cause.
Anxiety is often accompanied by a variety of symptoms. The most common problems relate to the chest such as awareness of a more forceful or faster heart beat, throbbing or stabbing pains, a feeling of tightness or inability to take in enough air, and a tendency to sigh or hyperventilate. Tension in the muscles of the back and neck often leads to headaches, back pains, and muscle spasms. Other symptoms can include excessive sweating, dryness of the mouth, dizziness, digestive disturbances and the constant need to urinate or defecate.
Anxious individuals usually have a constant feeling that something bad is going to happen.
What are the Different Types for Anxiety? Anxiety disorders are a spectrum. One patient may experience few problems while another experience more problems. The most common types of Anxiety are: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In this course we will be talking about Panic Disorder (Panic Attacks).
Severe anxiety will often produce what are known as “panic attacks” which are intense feelings of fear. Panic attacks may occur independently of anxiety but are most often associated with generalized anxiety disorder or agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is an intense fear of being in public places. As a result, most people with agoraphobia become housebound.
How Big is the Problem? More than 20 Million of Americans suffer from Anxiety. Panic attacks are very common, about 15% of the US population will experience a panic attack in their lifetime. Among adults ages 25 to 54 about 1.5 to 3% experience frequent panic attacks.
What are the causes of Anxiety? Anxiety including panic attacks can be produced by many factors including caffeine, certain drugs and the infusion of lactate into the blood. The most significant biochemical disturbance noted in people with anxiety and panic attacks is an elevated blood lactic acid level and an increased ratio of lactic acid to pyruvic acid. Lactate (the soluble form of lactic acid) is the final product in the breakdown of blood sugar (glucose) when there is a lack of oxygen. If people who get panic attacks are injected with lactate, severe panic attacks are produced. In normal individuals nothing happens. So, it appears that people with anxiety may be sensitive to lactate. In other words, lactate may be causing their anxiety. Reducing the level of lactate is a critical goal in the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks.
How to Defeat Panic Attacks the Natural Way?
Avoid sugars and
Avoid sugars, avoid sugars, avoid sugars… yes avoid sugars.
1. Avoid stress. If there is a problem work it out.
2. Avoid conflicts. If someone hurts you, tell them how they made you feel right away, do not sit over it. If you feel you have hurt someone, be proactive, go and ask forgiveness, seek reconciliation right away.
3. Be righteous. Always do what is right. Anxiety is seen in the spiritual realm as spiritual warfare where Lucifer is torturing an individual. Where do you think those thoughts come from? Those thoughts are coming from the invisible world. If you do what is right always you will always have a sense of goodness inside you and Lucifer will not have a chance to torture your mind because there will not be any guilt.
4. Seek to Love. Anoint yourself with the spirit of love. Love conquers boundaries and will remove all your stress.
5. Avoid products that may be responsible for elevated lactate levels or ratios of lactate acid to pyruvic acid. These products are: Alcohol, Caffeine, Sugar, Deficiency of the B Vitamins Niacin, Pyridoxine, Thiamine, Deficiency of Calcium or magnesium, Food allergens.
6. Eat the Nutritarian Diet recommended by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Dr Joel Furham. The nutritarian diet will eliminate the panic attacks. The Nutritarian diet recommends eating foods that are nutrient rich per calorie. In other words, avoid foods that are rich in calories and poor in nutrients. For instance, cooking oil is 100% calories with no nutrient. Eat foods that contain lots of nutrients with no or minimal calories. Eat fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains, nuts, cashew, walnuts, peanuts and take green smoothies. Avoid animal products. Avoid meat, avoid diary products, avoid sugars especially foods containing refined sugars, avoid syrups, avoid proteins supplements, avoid salt, avoid oils.is it a must to add oil in food? No. You can cook with no oil. You will get the oil from the nutrients rich nuts and legumes. Now you were told that we must eat meat to get proteins: True or False? False. Beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, broccoli contain more proteins than meat. You were told we must eat animal products to get essential amino acids and Vitamin B12: true or false? False. Have you seen a Cow grown in a farm, it feeds on herbs only does it die? No. How about elephant, it feeds on herbs only, how come it does not die? All the amino acids we need to build our body are available in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts. When you eat your salad, uncooked there is always tiny insects that are on the salad or lettuce or broccoli or fruits. These tiny insects we ingest contain Vitamin B12. Moreover, our gut is continuously shedding off cells and replacing them by new ones. These cells shed off from the mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines contain Vitamin B12, this vitamin B12 is reprocessed and reused by our body. Plus, in your green smoothie you can add almond milk, soy milk or hemp milk that are usually fortified with Vitamin B12. Avoid bread. If you really want to eat bread choose the brown one and for not more than once a week. Avoid cheese. Avoid cow milk. Avoid fries. Avoid white rice. If you really want to eat rice choose the brown rice. Eat it no more than 2 times/week. I must eat a yogurt to get probiotic. True of False? False. When you eat Beans and fiber-rich vegetables wonders happen. The soluble fibers go to the Colon where intestinal flora (bacteria residing in our Intestines) transform them into probiotics.
7. Exercise daily. Exercise will first cause stress to the body and make you feel that you want to have a panic attack. Avoid strenuous exhausting exercises. Do it gradually. The body will get used and smoothly adjust and by the time you reach the 3rd week you will be exercising for 20-30 minutes daily. If you cannot go to the Gymn because of cost make it regular walk near your house for 20-30 Minutes fast rapid walking. Alternatively, if you have stairs in your house run downstairs and upstairs for a good 20-30 minutes. Choose what fits your lifestyle gym, walk or run in your house. 20-30 Minutes/day.
8. Nutritional Supplements: Get enough omega-3 fatty acids. You can get this in fish. Do not eat too much fish as it is an animal product. You can rather buy pure fish oil omega-3 at your local store. Flaxseed also contain omega-3 fatty acid. Eat them a lot. They are also good source of fibers. Kava supplement. Do not take too much Kava supplement though because some studies have associated it with liver injury. Just a little bit should be fine. Do not use kava supplement if you have liver disease.
9. Naturopathic Doctor Recommendations
– Diet: Eliminate, restrict caffeine, Eliminate ,restrict alcohol. Eliminate refined carbohydrates, Increase the potassium-sodium ratio in the diet (follow nutritarian diet). Eat 3 times per day, breakfast, diner , super. Control food allergies.
– Lifestyle: identify stressors, eliminate or reduce source of stress, identify negative coping patterns and replace them with positive ones, perform a relaxation/breathing exercise for a minimum of five minutes twice a day. Manage time effectively. Enhance relationships. Get regular exercise.
– Nutritional Supplements: Calcium 1000mg/day. Magnesium 350-500mg/day. Vitamin D3 2000-4000 IU/day. Vitamin B6 25-50mg/day. Folic acid 800mcg/day. Vitamin B12 800mcg/day. Vitamin K2 100mcg/day. Fish oils 1000-3000mg EPA + DHA/day. Flaxseed oil 1 tbsp/day. Eat lots of green vegetables rich in Flavonoids.
– Botanical Medicine: Panax Ginseng , Siberian Ginseng, Rhodiola Rosea, Withania Somnifera or Kava
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