Depression often goes hand-in-hand with anxiety. Many people ask me about what they can do to help with stress, anxiety, or panic attacks. Here are a few nutrients I recommend.
My first suggestion is to get more magnesium. Most people are deficient in this very important mineral that supports relaxation (as well as so many other important processes in the body.) A quick and easy way to get magnesium into your body is by taking an epsom salt bath. Using a dry body brush beforehand will allow your skin to absorb the magnesium in the epsom salts even better. You can also purchase a magnesium spray or make your own. This great blog post from gotmag.org describes how to restore magnesium levels quickly.
My second suggestion is Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid, also known as GABA. This amino acid is known as “the brain’s natural Valium.” GABA comes in a sublingual form that can be placed under the tongue in stressful situations. I keep it in my purse in case I’m out in the world and find myself overly stressed. I just pop one under my tongue and usually feel relief within minutes.
Other amino acids that promote relaxation are taurine and glycine. There are some supplements available that combine GABA, taurine and glycine in one anti-stress formula.
If your serotonin levels are low, you are more prone to anxiety and panic attacks. To increase your stores of serotonin naturally, you can supplement with 5-HTP or L-tryptophan.
The B vitamin known as inositol has also been reported as being helpful in easing stress and supporting adrenal function.
Some excellent herbs that support the adrenals and the nervous system include: Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, and Rhodiola. Many people have found success with these herbs, but I have found them to be too subtle for my needs. I have found that I respond much quicker to vitamins and amino acids.
Finally, a well-known homeopathic solution for stressful situations is Bach’s Rescue Remedy, which is a blend of 5 different Bach Flower remedies. This comes in sprays, gels, or pastilles.
Have you tried these natural solutions for anxiety? Are there others you have found helpful? Let me know in the comments!
*Please note that this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be substituted for medical advice. Judy Meyer, HHP is not a doctor and cannot diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you are currently on medication, it would be wise to consult your healthcare provider before experimenting with amino acids.