Address Anxiety and Panic Attacks Through a Well Balanced Diet

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For those suffering from panic attacks, seeking medications from seasoned professionals like medical doctors is quite ordinary. And because this solution is financially draining, there are some things you can do to help address this disorder naturally.

“You are what you eat”. And so this saying is very much true for those with panic attack disorder. While there are foods that help trigger and worsen the anxiety or even trigger panic attacks, there are those diets which can help manage anxiety and panic attacks.

The key here is to feed your body and brain with the right set of vitamins and minerals. Research has proven that most average diets in fact do not have enough of the minerals and vitamins necessary for the body and mind to function properly.

It is encouraged to devote more to foods and diet that minimize the onset of anxiety and panic attacks and consider these in your everyday diet and nutrition.

Well balanced meal does the trick. When your brain receives the right combination of minerals and nutrients, the chemical balance enables neurotransmitters to function perfectly. This process, in effect would send the proper nerve impulses from one cell to another. As a result the moods, thoughts and even sleeping patters are regulated and normalized.

The food pyramid guide can help you jump start your way to a well balanced meal. Then add more Vitamin B rich food which has a calming effect and a direct effect on your nervous system. Fresh fruits and vegetables coupled with 8 or more glasses of water a day are perfect.

Let us take a closer look at some facts and how proper diet can help address these deficiencies.

Anxiety and fatigue is usually caused by Chromium deficiency. Unfortunately almost 90% of usual, everyday food lack Chromium. To combat chromium deficiency, include in your diet raw onions, romaine lettuce, tomatoes oyster and liver.

Paranoia and insomnia can be caused by deficiency in Folic Acid or folate. Magnesium deficiency, aside from causing insomnia also can lead to restlessness or hyperactivity. Interestingly, the average diet contains less than half of the amount of folic acid that we should have in a day. Our daily diets also lack around ¾ of the necessary magnesium our body needs. To address these insufficiency include in your diet more legumes or green vegetables like soybean, spinach and broccoli aside from taking in whole grain bread liver and eggs.

Folic acid works best with Zinc, which is connected to irritability. Zinc-enriched food includes beef, lamb, pork, salmon, lobster, crabmeat and different poultry products.

Depression, which is another symptom of anxiety and panic attack, is brought about by Copper and Iron deficiency. Collared greens, aside from having high fiber content is an excellent source of different minerals including Copper, Iron and Calcium.

Because junk foods, canned foods and those served in fast foods are overly processed and contain too much preservatives, like nitrates these are big no-no’s. I know that some people may find this hard to do, especially with our fast paced and too many “instant” life.

Changing the way you eat does not happen overnight. It takes a lot a discipline on your part, and adjustment in your body before you start feeling more comfortable with a new diet. But once the effects start kicking in, you will feel more energized and renewed.

What you feed your body you also feed your brain. And knowing about the food that can feed your body and mind is just half the battle. You need to go out there, clean your cupboard of all the junk and start to eat your way to a healthy body and mind.

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