Ive pretty much "cured" my anxiety on Paleo but there are so many things that Ive changed that Im not sure what really fixed it. Sometimes recommending full Paleo to someone is a bit overwhelming to them so I was wondering what some of the main triggers are.
Can't believe nobody mentioned gluten/food intolerance. Whenever I get glutened, my anxiety/depression comes back for a day or two, until the worst effects wear off. I'm convinced having wheat every day on SAD is what gave me that problem in the first place, and now food intolerance is my first suspicion when I hear about chronic mood issues. Vitamin D and dietary fat help too; they move me from "peaceful, not depressed, not anxious" to "I feel amazing". Hard to talk people into dietary fat though haha
Exercise is the biggest. And I mean completely exhaust yourself. During the summers I do trail construction (8 hours of heavy lifting and tool swinging and/or chainsaw work) and I do not have a single lick of anxiety. It's amazing. During the school year I do my best to do some heavy lifting and running every day. I also walk or bike to and from school and work, so I'm moving consistently between classes and shifts.
Vitamin D. Or better yet, nature. I've never felt anxious after a day in the woods or river.
Also, this may be controversial, but I'd take a little (small dose) ganja over xanax any day if you're using meds. Or kava kava. Stay away from benzos...
For me a doctor recommended I test my Vitamin D level. I was skeptical at first but it turned out my level was below 20. He put me on a major dose for one month and since I started it I have had no anxiety issues or heart palpitations, chest tightness or an out of breath feeling. Its been about 6 weeks and my vitamin D level is 80! Sorry not sure how this relates to eating Paleo but it worked for me! This also with depression feelings!
5000 UI/day of Vitamin D3 cured my panic disorder after trying so many antidepressants and countless therapy sessions....I beg anyone with hardcore panic or anxiety disorder to try it and see for themselves. it costs $10 over the counter.....there is nothing wrong with us emotionally like FREUD who I call “the man who killed psychiatric science” by writing bunch of B.S. Doctors just started to discover that Panic/anxiety disorder turns out to be a hormonal disorder and the lack of Vitamin D3 (which is also a hormone) that we get for free from the Sun is one of the major factors.
Please don’t waste your time on antidepressants like lexapro, Zoloft,remeron…etc that might take the edge off for a short period and have crazy side effects + the customer for live effect… and don’t try the therapied that are based on “it’s all in your head basis”….I swear to you that there is light at the end of the tunnel…take 5000 ui/day of vitamin d3 until you stabilize your levels >= 50 ng/ml.
really, no hat tips to psychotherapy? that would be my number one. especially because it helped me see how my dietary choices (among many others) were affecting my mood/anxiety level and supported me in working through my resistance and feelings of not deserving better.
Cutting back on sugar and caffeine made a big difference for me, as well as magnesium supplementation.
Decreasing overall sugar/carb intake has definitely made a difference, but I think specifically eliminating all soft drinks, tea and coffee was a major part of that. The only caffeine I get now is from the occasional bit of dark chocolate and I get jittery if I have too much, so I stick to 2 squares (20g) or less at a time.
Beyond that, I started supplementing magnesium recently before bedtime based on other recommendations in here and after noticing my Mg intake was low (according to Cronometer). My mood has stabilized quite a bit in general since starting paleo in November, but the magnesium seems to be knocking out that last bit of tension or restlessness that still seems to crop up occasionally.
Like Tyler Durden says, lately I've been feeling "as calm as a Hindu cow".
If ditching the wheat and sugar aren't enough, then I'd definitely suggest the Vit D. But depending on your issues, you may need to move beyond that. My pal had a bad case of anxiety after getting laid off due to the bad economy. She put together an impressive regime, which you may have to customize with some trial and error if you too have a tough situation.
She took 1.5K mg inositol, 2K mg GABA, 200 mg 5-HTP, 200 mg kava extract, 400 mg calcium, and 300 mg magnesium. She said she felt better in about 10-14 days, and really improved in 8 weeks.
If look around the web, you'll find folks who recommend and/or valerian (for sleeping, if anxiety keeps you awake), 2 mg B12 (again at bedtime), more mag (also at bedtime), and niacinamide 300 mg during the day.
Primarily heavy metal detox (DMSA and other chelators) for 6 months to eliminate mercury and lead poisoning. A Paleo diet and eliminating food intolerances, learning to say no and learning how to set boundaries, vitamin D and sunlight, methyl B12 shots weekly, progesterone cream, ashwaghandha, thyroid medication, and not caring what other people think.
Firstly there is NOTHING psychologically wrong with someone who suffers from anxiety and depression. There may be some cases of endogenous depression but they are very rare. Anxiety and depression is caused BY something. I call myself a spiritual sensitive but it means I'm also sensitive in lots of other ways especially chemically. Coconut oil and all coconut products can give you anxiety if you are sensitive and it seems to be accumulative so the longer you use it, the worse it gets.
Don't take vitamins or minerals as sometimes there are things in them that can give you anxiety. Don’t ever smoke anything. Cigarettes contain hundreds of neurotoxins and weed is responsible for most psychiatric admissions. You should also not touch anything with caffeine in it (or guarna which is pure caffeine)I cannot use ANY type of moisturiser or conditioner even for sensitive skin as they put HORRIBLE poisons into them like formaldahyde, lauryl sulphate, lauryth sulphate, parabens, alcohol etc. ALL anxiety producing agents. Caffeine by the way causes anxiety, depression and thought and sleep disorders but it's like smoking years ago, no one is going to tell you because our whole society is built on it and it's a multi trillion dollar business. Don't ever take anti depressants they'll send you straight to hell. If you are sensitive to coconut oil it probably means you are 'a sensitive (not asensitive which is exactly the opposite) and you will have to watch EVERYTHING you eat, drink and put on your body. I do well on a very simple diet of fish, chicken and fresh vegetables and a little fruit. Don't take any medication unless you've got a raging brain infection or something and don't even taken over the counter meds. Antibiotics can cause horrible panic attacks sometimes eg Flagyl is a classic for this.
Also essential oils are potent and toxic if used on the skin I had a horrible reaction. Don't use them in hot water to soak your feet or anything as it goes straight into your body. Use a castelle soap for babies to wash your body and hair (made from olive oil) and a little olive oil for moisturiser. Dairy products can also cause anxiety. Don't drink alcohol - very bad for anxiety. There is a way to live and the key word are simple and clean. Oh be careful with ALL household cleaning products as well, wear rubber gloves while you're using them and don't breathe them in.
Anyway so many people are senstive to chemicals and don't know it. Oh also, don't use toothpaste or mouthwash it's pure poison (fluroride) and use only filtered water if you can (not bottled water).
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