Caught in the prescription drug cycle? The one that has you taking anti-anxiety medication that you have to take because another prescription drug you’re taking causes anxiety.
Or maybe you’re feeling overly anxious because of every day stress and are thinking about seeing your doctor for anti-anxiety treatments?
Before you get sucked down the prescription medication rabbit hole you may want to take a look at these natural medicines for anxiety.
A Healthy Diet. Hippocrates nailed this one several thousand years ago when he wrote, “Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food.” An abundance of sugar, unhealthy fats, processed foods, soda, and other staples of the Standard American Diet (SAD) not only negatively affects your health, they increase your stress levels, which causes anxiety.
Exercise. Perhaps you’re thinking, “Wait a second, I wanted natural medicines for anxiety and all I’ve gotten so far is eat healthy and exercise. I already knew that.” There’s a reason this begins with diet and exercise. It doesn’t matter what you take for anxiety if you don’t exercise and your diet sucks. In fact, if you really want to reduce anxiety, you’ll start with a close examination of diet and exercise before you do anything else.
Omega 3s. Let’s get into some specifics regarding diet. Omega 3s can be found in healthy fats, such as fish oils. In addition to relieving inflammation in your body, research conducted by the Institute for Behavioral Medicine at The Ohio State University concludes that Omega 3s can also reduce “emotional inflammation.” The study shows that students who took 2.5 milligrams a day of mixed omega-3 fatty acids for 12 weeks had less anxiety under stressful conditions.
Essential Citrus Oils. The aromatic bliss of citrus has been a calming influence on natural remedy seekers for years. Don’t worry if you don’t live next to a fruit orchard. Citrus oils such as wild orange and lemon have been shown to reduce anxiety when diffused or when smelled directly.
Passion Flower. “But love is so stressful!” Don’t worry, passion flower is not the romantic herb its name hints it to be. It’s a natural sedative. The German government has approved it for treatment of nervous disorders and some researchers claim it’s as effective as prescription drugs, without the side effects.
Heat. Ever wonder why the sauna or the hot tub is so relaxing? Heat reduces muscle tension and stress. Researchers at the University of Colorado have concluded that heat also alters neuro-transmitters that affect mood.
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