Anxiety in America is rampant – and is on a constant, continuous rise. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Anxiety Disorders affect over 18 percent of adults in the United States between ages 18-54, which amounts to nearly 40 million Americans adults. However, these estimates have been given a much higher rate (approx. 30 percent), as vast segments of the population do not actively seek help, are consistently misdiagnosed, or do not consciously realize that they are afflicted with anxiety issues.
With the rising costs of mental healthcare in America, anxiety disorders diagnoses and treatment consistently generate the greatest overall economic burden on the country. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), Anxiety Disorders equate to nearly 40 percent of the total $200 billion Mental Health Bill (and does not include the $193 billion in earnings lost to serious mental illness each year!).
With these staggering statistics, it requires no stretch of the imagination to understand that those suffering with anxiety disorders are repeatedly utilizing health care services. Anxiety disorders patients are 3-5 times more likely to go to a doctor and 6-times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those not diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
So what is to be done? The continuous rise in demand for mental health care will soon be untenable. The prescriptions and diagnoses have reached peak values. Xanax and Valium are too broad to treat the plethora of possible causes of anxiety – and the side effects (including addiction) are all too dangerously common.
So what is the solution? We need to take a different and holistic approach to addressing our anxiety and mood disorders. At 180 Degree Nutritionals, we have comprised five strategies to naturally reduce anxiety in your life:
Take a Magnesium Supplement. Magnesium known as the “relaxation mineral” is involved in over 330 enzymatic reactions in the body. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is in involved with synthesizing protein, nerve transmission, and relaxing muscles. Unfortunately, 80% of the population is deficient in this vital mineral as a result of food processing procedures and modern farming practices. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include anxiety, depression, headaches, restless sleep, fatigue, memory problems, PMS, and heart palpitations. 180 Degree Nutritional’s BioCalm™ Superior Anti Stress Formula utilizes a specific form of magnesium called Magnesium Bisglycinate Chelate, which produces a natural calming effect on the body and mind. It has NO LAXATIVE EFFECT common in other forms of magnesium. BioCalm™ is highly bioavailable and is the perfect supplement to naturally offset the effects of stress and tension, while actively reducing those feelings associated with anxiety.
Remove Artificial Sweeteners. Aspartame, is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener composed of three ingredients; two amino acids (aspartic acid and phenylalanine) and a methyl ester bond. Aspartame is found in “diet”, sugar-free, and low-sugar foods and soft drinks and is a common ingredient in foods such as snacks, desserts, cordials, juices, yogurts and chewing gum. At least 50 percent of Aspartame is composed of an excitotoxin (substance that overexcites, damages and/or kills brain cells) called aspartate, which acts in the same manner as glutamate through the killing of brain cells and allowing too much calcium to form in the cell. Symptoms of aspartame ingestion include anxiety, irritability, headaches, and heart palpitations.
Listen to “Weightless”: Neuroscience says listening to the song “Weightless” by Marconi Union, reduces anxiety by up to 65%. The group that created “Weightless”, Marconi Union collaborated with sound therapists to produce this “relaxing masterpiece”. It’s carefully arranged harmonies, bass-lines, and rhythms have been specifically created to lower the listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
Eat an Anti-Inflammatory Diet. According to Functional Medicine Doctors, chronic and systemic inflammation has become a pervasive health issue and is the root causes of many illnesses. From the over consumption of processed foods and refined sugars to the exposure to pesticides and environmental toxins, we are subjecting our bodies to intense stress overload. As a result, we are experiencing this low grade, chronic inflammation that is resulting in depression, anxiety, diabetes, neurological disorders, and many other maladies. A strategy to counter the damaging effects of prolonged inflammation is to eat a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods which includes: salmon (and other foods rich in omega 3’s), dark leafy greens, beets, berries, nuts, olive oil, turmeric, and ginger.
Get Tested for Delayed Food Sensitivities. Food allergies are no longer confined to the common peanut, milk, soy, and shellfish allergy. For years, most conventional doctors believed that the only type of allergy that existed was the immediate allergic response from foods that resulted in hives, skin rashes, and wheezing. However, there is another food allergy/food sensitivity called type 3 Allergy, or IgG, that causes your immune system to overreact when ingesting certain foods. The most common foods that cause this delayed immune response are dairy, gluten and corn. Symptoms of this food sensitivity can range from anxiety and depression to constipation and “brain fog”. Furthermore, symptoms can take up to 72 hours to appear, making it extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of these reactions. However, scientists have recently developed specialized lab tests for IgG antibodies, thus allowing individuals to understand which delayed food sensitivities are affecting them. The Institute of Functional Medicine (https://www.ifm.org/) provides an important resource for both doctors and health care practitioners to better understand testing guidelines associated with delayed food sensitivities.
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