Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Do you suffer from anxiety? Why not try a non drug alternative...

We all know what it's like to feel anxious. Most of us experience anxiety when we're faced with stressful situations or traumatic events. Our heart pounds before a big presentation or a tough exam. We get butterflies in our stomach during a blind date. We worry and fret over family problems or feel jittery at the prospect of asking the boss for a raise. Anxiety is part of our natural "fight-or-flight" response. It's our body's way of warning us of possible danger ahead.
However, if anxiety is overwhelming you with fear and worry, preventing you from living your life the way you'd like to, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for anxiety attacks and disorders. Therapy, relaxation techniques, and a balanced, healthy lifestyle along with specially formulated nutraceuticals, can help you reduce your anxiety and take back control of your life.

Despite their different forms, all anxiety disorders share one thing in common: persistent—and often overwhelming—fear or worry. The frequency and intensity of these fears can be immobilizing, distressing, and disruptive.

Characteristics of an anxiety disorder include:

1. Anxiety which is constant, unrelenting, and all-consuming
2. Anxiety which causes self-imposed isolation or emotional withdrawal
3. Anxiety which interferes with normal activities like going outside or interacting with other people

The toll an anxiety disorder takes on your life can lead to other problems as well, such as low self-esteem, depression, and alcoholism. Anxiety can also negatively impact your work and your personal relationships. But the good news is that anxiety disorders are highly treatable.
A recent study showed that exercise is better than most drugs in treating depression and anxiety. It is my opinion that stopping sugar and using natural alternative supplements can be very effective in correcting these mental health issues.

First read what drugs and medication can do and what are the potential side effects...

Medications for Anxiety - Drug Benefits, Risks and Side Effects

Many different types of medications are used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, including traditional anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, and beta-blockers. These medications can be effective in controlling and alleviating the symptoms of anxiety. However, anxiety medication should not be thought of as a cure. While various prescription medications may provide temporary relief from anxiety, they don’t treat the underlying cause of the anxiety disorder.
As a result, relapse rates are high when drug treatment is stopped.
Anxiety medications may also cause unpleasant and unwanted side effects. According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the most commonly reported side effects of anxiety medications are headaches, nausea, stomach upset, dizziness, and sexual dysfunction. Anxiety medications can also be habit forming, and long-term use can make withdrawal difficult. It’s important to be aware of these drawbacks when considering drug treatment for anxiety. While anxiety medication can be helpful to some people, there is no magic pill.

Is there a natural alternative?

Why not try one of these formulas for 3 months and see how you feel.

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Optimizes mood and reduces stress...

Product Description:
This formula is designed to optimize mood and reduce symptoms of depressive illness.

Product Details:
5-HTP is used by the human body to make Serotonin, which is central to normal nerve and brain functioning. Serotonin also plays a significant role in sleep, emotional moods, pain control, inflammation, intestinal peristalsis, and other body functions. 5-HTP has been shown to significantly improve symptoms of depressive illness. St John's Wort is an age-old treatment for depression and anxiety. Test tube studies suggest that St.John's Wort exerts its antidepressant actions by inhibiting the re-uptake of the neurotransmitters Serotonin, Norepinephrine, and Dopamine.
L- Glutamic acid (glutamate) is an amino acid used by the body to build proteins. Glutamate is the most common excitatory (stimulating) neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and has been used in the treatment of depression, moodiness, irritability, anxiety and insomnia. L- Tyrosine is also the precursor of several neurotransmitters, including L-Dopa, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, and Epinephrine. L-Tyrosine metabolism may be abnormal in depressed people and early research suggests supplementation may help. Preliminary research has also indicated that Phenylalanine may be useful in the treatment of depression.

Please inform your doctor if you plan to take this supplement alongside anti-depressant medication, as it can enhance the effect of that medication. 5 HTP is reported to cause seizures in patients with Down's Syndrome. Phenylalanine should be avoided in people with inherited disorders of phenylalanine metabolism known as Phenylketouria (PKU). L-phenylalanine can exacerbate Tardive Dyskinesia in people with schizophrenia.

Do you just need help to relax and unwind?

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Reduces stress and anxiety for relaxation...

Product Description:
This formula is designed to assist in reducing stress and anxiety while allowing the body and mind to unwind.

Product Details:
Valerian is thought to have sedative-hypnotic and antidepressant effects. Oral valerian reduces sleep latency, and improves subjective sleep quality. Hops are traditionally used in the treatment of insomnia. Taking 5-HTP orally seems to significantly improve symptoms of depression, even in patients with treatment-resistant depression. There is preliminary evidence to suggest that taking Boron orally might improve cognitive function and fine motor skills in older people.
Research has shown that healthy people who take a single dose of Sullcap extract might feel more relaxed. This effect appears to last for about 2 hours. It is thought that the flavonoid constituents of skullcap might act as GABA agonists and therefore have a sedating and anxiolytic effect. A specific six-ingredient combination product (Euphytose, EUP) that includes Passionflower seems to relieve some symptoms of adjustment disorder and anxiety. There is some evidence that Passionflower liquid extract has an effect on symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder in some patients.

Good health to all of you...


Christopher Wiechert, C.N.C.

Christopher Wiechert's Healthblogger is for educational or informational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or provide treatment for any condition. If you have any concerns about your own health, you should always consult with a health care professional. If you decide to use this information on your own, it's your constitutional right, but I assume no responsibility.

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