Anxiety & Vitamin B & D

Anxiety and panic attacks are on the rise in modern society. Some say it’s because the pace of life is so stressful, others that nutrients are gone from our food. A better approach would be to say both things are true. Address the stressors in your life rather than trying to cover them with treatment. If the cause of anxiety is physiological rather than situational, however, taking supplements could help relieve the symptoms, but always talk to your doctor. Serious anxiety should always be addressed professionally.

Supplements or Food?

Do you really need to take a pill or a powdered drink mix in order to obtain relief from symptoms of panic and anxiety? It is possible the diet could be a better place to start. Indeed, take a look at what you eat. Are meals well balanced? Do you eat vegetables and fruits of all colors, lean meat and poultry, whole grains, and legumes? If not, then you could be depriving your body of ingredients that run a healthy nervous system and help to balance hormones. Start there, and if your efforts to eat better don’t work, come back to the notion of supplements.

Supplements that Might Work

There are no guarantees, but the following products could help you to relax. Magnesium is at the top of our list because it is so commonly deficient in the modern, western diet. Consumers obtain magnesium from dark, leafy, green vegetables, oats, grains, and other sources. They can also take this mineral as a pill or a powder, often in combination with calcium which is also neglected. These and other minerals support nervous system health and prevent problems like Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), a frustrating cause of many sleepless nights and ongoing anxiety among countless North Americans.

Vitamin D

One reason the absence of sun affects people so much is that this is the primary source of Vitamin D. Without it, our bodies do not absorb minerals as easily. Vitamin D is important in its own right too as seen in the frequency of Seasonal Affective Disorder. The easiest way to take this as a supplement is to buy drops. A little goes a long way.

B Vitamins

The nervous system, metabolism, and hormones require B Vitamins found in turkey, grains, and bananas. Don’t deprive yourself: consume more of these foods or take a tablet every day containing a mixture of the many B-Vitamins with their manifold roles in the body.

Exercise

It’s not a supplement, but exercise releases feel good chemicals into the bloodstream which fight stress and promote a sense of peace. You also sleep better when you exercise and tend to feel good about yourself.

My Favorite Supplements

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I just wanted to do an update post on which supplements I now take regularly, and why they are so helpful.
I have talked about what I have tried, but here’s what I faithfully take now:

  1. Papaya & Pineapple Enzymes
  2. Olive leaf extract
  3. Niacin
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Complete Omegas
  6. Multi-vitamin & Mineral
  7. Fiber
  8. Moringa
  9. Colloidal Silver
  10. Green Superfood
  11. Manuka Honey
  12. Probiotics

I have suffered from intense anxiety & panic attacks for most of my life, impending doom-worry, and Chronic IBS-D (irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea). So for me, I wanted and needed to approach all aspects of my health from all angles.
Let me explain the reason behind each one.

Papaya & Pineapple enzymes: Papaya enzymes contain several proteolytic enzymes (they help breakdown and digest proteins), with anti-microbial and anti-ulcerative properties. (So if you have IBS, gut flora is important, and this helps).

Olive leaf extract: Olive leaf extract is good for blood pressure, your heart, diabetes, it can help reduce carbohydrate absorption, an antioxidant, and immune system support.  (perfect if you’re under stress or not feeling well).

Niacin: Niacin can lower cholesterol, help digestion, and even help with depression.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is great for your immune system and also aids with healing sore muscles from working out.

Complete Omegas: Omegas are great for joints, skin, and cognitive functions. There are many different supplement options, (omega 3, 6, 9) which is why I chose to take a complete omega.

Multi-Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a must on a daily basis. I look for one that has all B vitamins, minerals and Iron. (The one above is my favorite from trader joes does).

Fiber: There are many different fiber supplement options. I went with Heather’s Tummy fiber formula because its soluble fiber (fiber is either insoluble or soluble. Most supplements are insoluble, and if you have IBS, insoluble fiber is intolerated).

Moringa: Moringa is not a well known supplement, but it’s incredible. It has 9 times the protein of yogurt, 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 17 times the calcium of milk, 12 times the vitamin C of oranges, 25 times the iron of spinach. Its also an antioxidant, can lower blood sugar, reduce inflammation, maintain healthy cholesterol, protect against arsenic toxicity, and an antibacterial. WOAH. Need I say more?

Colloidal Silver: Colloidal silver is great for immune system support. I also sometimes use it if I get a toothache, or a scratch, it works phenomenally.

Green Superfood: This is great if you aren’t eating enough vegetables every day. I usually take this daily with a teaspoon of agave syrup & a tablespoon of moringa.

Manuka Honey: Manuka Honey has antiviral, antibiotic, and antiseptic properties. Some people put it on their skin or in tea. I eat a teaspoon a few times a week.

Probiotics: Probiotics are vital, not just for people with IBS but for everyone. When looking for a good probiotic it can be tough to know where to start. I ONLY take Dr. Mercola probiotics. His are some of the purest I’ve ever seen (70 billion CFUs). They are also good for: growing healthy gut bacteria, immune system support, aids in breakdown of toxins, helps maintain blood pressure levels.

So there you have it. My list of supplements and why I love each one 🙂

I have put countless hours, and probably years into research to discover the best combination that works for me. My goal is to be able to help anyone else who has suffered like I have!

 

Thanks for reading,

Kait

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IBS: Supplements

Lets talk about IBS. (Irritable Bowl Syndrome).

This condition affects way too many people today, and way too many people suffer endlessly and find no relief. IBS is a condition that can be triggered by a number of things including: stress, or a poor diet, and the bacteria (flora) in our stomach changes. The bacteria in our stomach is in fact very important and helps with eliminating toxins. So if our gut is out of whack, other things will be too.

This is probably the biggest reason I started this blog. I want to help as many other people as I can, who suffer from IBS.

A little background on me, I have had anxiety/panic attacks as long as I can remember (the earliest I can remember, I was five years old).

I have never had IBS until about a year ago, when I started my first business. I would have anxiety attacks, and a little nausea, or a ‘knot’ in my stomach, but now I was experiencing urgent, uncontrollable diarrhea. It seemed it did not matter what I ate. I read and read and read some more about treatments, and ‘trigger’ foods. There seemed no end in sight. There are forums dedicated to IBS and  many people just live with it and assume there is no cure.

That is a heart wrenching way to be. It is an absolutely emotional and debilitating condition, and I know I could not live like that for the rest of my life. Through hours on the internet, talking with therapists and reading, I devised my own plan of supplements that I have found to work for me:

I know what you’re thinking. OMG! I have to take all those every day? No. These are all the supplements I have taken while dealing with IBS and I do not take them all every day anymore, just a few. Let me explain.

I have numbered them so it will be easier to explain what each one is.

  1. Colloidal Silver: This stuff is great. There is plenty of info on the web about Colloidal Silver. Its antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory,  and good for immune system support. (I take this if I am not feeling well, or once a week if I remember just because it’s so good for you).
  2. Green Superfood: I love this stuff. I take it with 8oz of water, & 1/2 teaspoon of agave nectar. There are many days that I don’t eat enough vegetables.
  3. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar: Ok. This stuff is from God. I drink 1 tablespoon of this after lunch every day. I will also take a shot of it if my stomach starts to ‘cramp’ after a rich meal and I feel diarrhea coming on. I can’t live without this stuff. The pectin in it from the apples actually binds you up too. (I Actually grew to love this stuff, its refreshing! If you find it sour, you can add it to hot water with a little honey).
  4. Manuka Honey: This stuff is similar to Colloidal Silver. It is also antibacterial & antiviral. I usually swish a teaspoon of this in my mouth and hold it for about 30 seconds. Its great for your gums & immune support too!
  5. Probiotics: These I believe are absolutely vital for healing IBS. Probiotics help reset the bacteria in your gut. I take these every day after dinner.
  6. L-Glutamine: Glutamine is an amino acid found in our muscles. It is a nutrient that can help rebuild & repair intestines. It also helps balance mucus production (for more solid bowel movements). I did take 1 teaspoon of this in water every day for about 6 months.
  7. Serra Enzyme: This was recommended to me by a doctor, and is also an enzyme that is anti-inflammatory. It helps with waste and toxin removal, as well as heals the body. I did take this every day for about three months.
  8. Cold-pressed virgin coconut oil: I probably don’t even need to explain this one. From hair, to skin, to teeth, this stuff is Gold. I mostly use this orally if I have a toothache or a cut on my skin.
  9. Aloe Vera Juice: Aloe Vera Juice is soothing for your stomach. It helps prevent spasms. There are two types of aloe juice; whole leaf and inner fillet. I went with inner fillet as it has less fiber in it. IBS sufferers can be very sensitive to fiber, (insoluble fiber to be specific) so I limited that in my diet too.

So you may be thinking, some of this doesn’t seem relevant to IBS but for me, I wanted to just do everything I could. I love to learn and love to improve in any aspect, so I figured I would strike my health from all angles. I also take a multivitamin I get from Trader Joes daily too. But really, my top of the list would be probiotics and apple cider vinegar. I linked each item to amazon because there are a lot of different brands of products, and after all my countless hours of research and trial/error, I have found these brands to be the best of the best for me.

In short, about a year later, I hardly have ANY IBS episodes anymore. And I used to have them daily. I for one don’t believe when a condition like this appears, that we cannot make it disappear. I like to think I am an example of that.

I am also going to write about what behaviors I had to change when I had IBS as well. Mind and body are one.

Thanks for reading,

Kait.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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