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WEEKLY TIP: Anxiety Can Kill — Conquer It Naturally

Friday, 15 January 2010 10:06 AM

There are many things you can do to reduce anxiety that are much safer than taking antidepressant drugs. Even those who use antidepressants can use these tips which will allow them to use lower doses of prescription medications and reduce side effects. For a more detailed discussion of anxiety, read my special report "Anxiety, Panic Disorder & Migraines: Fight Back Using Nature’s Elixier’s."

Here are eight tips to help control anxiety and panic attacks:

1. Most important is to avoid excitotoxins in your food. These include MSG, aspartame, hydrolyzed proteins, vegetable protein, isolated protein, soy products (including soy protein isolates, soy protein and soy milk), natural flavoring, sodium or calcium caseinate, and others. All of these food additives worsen brain excitation. For more information on the poisons in your food, read my report "How to Avoid Poisonous Foods."

2. Increase your vegetable intake to at least five servings a day. Many of the flavonoids in vegetables have been shown to reduce anxiety — especially hesperidin, quercetin, and curcumin. All three are available as supplements.

3. Reduce your intake of saturated fats and omega-6 fats (vegetable oils, such as corn, safflower, peanut, sunflower, soybean and canola oils), and increase your intake of omega-3 fats. Studies have shown that animals on high-fat diets release more cortisol and take longer to recover from stress than those on low-fat diets. Omega-3 fats, which are found in fish, help keep your brain and heart healthy as well as fight depression. For more information, go here: "Omega 3: Nature’s Miracle Panacea."

4. Magnesium is the body’s natural calmative agent. It reduces excitotoxicity and, when taken at bedtime, it aids sleep. It also reduces the immune over-reactivity seen with anxiety disorders. In addition, it reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke and Type-2 diabetes (and metabolic syndrome).

5. White tea contains a flavonoid called epigallocatechin gallate. This flavonoid has recently been shown to calm the brain and reduce anxiety. It works by activating the organ’s most protective system against anxiety — the gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor. This aids sleep as well. White tea has a higher level of this flavonoid and much less fluoride than green tea. To learn more about the many ways green tea can improve your health, read my report “Miracle Tea.”

6. Relora. Relora is a blend of two extracts — phellodendron amurense and magnolia officinalis. In a number of tests, Relora has been shown to reduce excess cortisol levels associated with stress while improving mood and reducing stress. It acts via the brain’s GABA and serotonin systems, which are both important in controlling anxiety.

7. Avoid caffeine. People with anxiety disorders overreact to stimulants, such as caffeine. Stimulants can also worsen insomnia.

8. Valerian. For those who do not want to take a pharmaceutical drug, the herb valerian has been shown to activate the same calming brain GABA receptor. It has been used to induce sleep but also calms anxiety during the day. It should not be mixed with medications that act as sedatives or tranquilizers. For more information on ways to treat anxiety, read my report "Anxiety, Panic Disorder & Migraines: Fight Back Using Nature’s Elixier’s."

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