Unfortunately, some of the most common mental health problems today are anxiety and panic attacks. But, according to newest research, these mental health issues are not entirely mental in nature.
Namely, it was discovered that our diet and some other aspects of our physical health influence our mental well-being. This may not come as a surprise if we take into account that our entire body is connected.
This being said, recent study points out that there may be a link between low levels of vitamin B and iron in the body and panic attacks. Continue reading the article to learn more about this pivotal discovery…
Anxiety Disorders & Panic Attacks
From time to time, we all experience anxiety and it is considered a normal emotion that we experience before a test, public speaking or before bringing an important decision.
Anxiety disorders on the other hand are characterized by chronic anxiety and they happen as a result of numerous contributing factors, like personality, genetics, life experiences, and brain chemistry.
A panic disorder, though less common than anxiety disorders, is a type of anxiety disorder which happens all of a sudden and often, without any visible threat- only a perceived one.
The individual feels as if he/she is losing control. Its most common symptoms are sweating, fast heartbeat, hot and cold chills, chest and stomach ache, poor breathing, and weakness and dizziness.
Low Levels of Vitamin B and Iron Can Cause Anxiety?
The study was done by the Okayama University in Japan and it found an interesting connection between anxiety and insufficient amounts of vitamin B6 and iron in the body. The study took place at the Atago Hospital which has around 7,800 critically-ill patients on a yearly basis.
During the study, 44 patients who fit the inclusion criteria experienced a panic attack. 21 of these people agreed to participate in the study. These patients were women in pre-menopause. 10 of them were patients with panic attacks and 11 with hyperventilation attacks. There was not a significant age difference between the groups.
The levels of vitamin B6 and iron were significantly low than that of the control group consisted of healthy individuals.
The Importance of Vitamin B6 & Iron in Serotonin Synthesis
For a long period of time, this hormone has played its role in anxiety disorders. According to the research team, serotonin is synthesized from tryptophan.
During the synthesis of serotonin in the brain, vitamin B6 plays the role of a co-enzyme for tryptophan while iron is a co-factor for aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase that participates in the production of serotonin.
Hence, a drop in the vitamin B6 and iron levels may impede the synthesis of serotonine. Consequently, low levels of serotonin are common among people with anxiety disorders. Of course, low serotonin may also be caused by diet and lifestyle changes.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient health practice which dates back to about 2300 B.C. and reflexology, one of its techniques, has recently become increasingly popular due to its potential to treat various health issues.
It is the art of applying pressure on the hands, feet, and ears, which are believed to be linked to different body parts, in order to stimulate elimination, boost circulation and strengthen the immune system.
It is believed to restore the body’s equilibrium of yin and yang, and strengthen and heal the body. Its principles are non-invasive and completely natural, so they are excellent when you need to calm down your baby, and relieve stress, discomfort, and anxiety. Babies are more responsive to reflexology than adults, as they are more sensitive to touch.
Babies cry as a way to respond to physical pain as they cannot convey what is troubling them, so this method determines the issue the baby experiences and offers a remedy.
The feet of the baby have undeveloped arches, and the skin and bones are usually fairly soft, so reflexology is a fast modality for babies. The application of gentle pressure to congested areas in the feet quickly releases blockages and restore the flow of energy to the whole body. Therefore, babies almost immediately feel relief.
You can start using the benefits of reflexology for babies at birth, and this method is a valuable tool for parents to dissipate their children’s stress in a nurturing way.
As the baby grows and starts walking, parents or caregivers can combine reflexology with checking the development of the feet, in order to avoid problems caused by ill-fitting shoes like flat feet, corns, toe deformities, and for infectious conditions like athlete’s foot.
In Chinese foot reflexology, you should apply very gentle pressure to certain points on the feet of the baby to treat various health issues, as follows:
Head & Teeth
Rub the tips of the toes of the baby to treat ear infections, teething discomfort, or any other pain in the area of the head.
Press the centers of the tips of their toes to soothe sinusitis issues, such as a runny nose, colon colds, or other respiratory problems.
Press the top of the foot, right over the top of the arch to alleviate congestion, chronic coughs and colds, and phlegm buildup.
This is a complex collection of nerves located between the stomach and the lungs, so the pain in this area can be soothed by gently pressing near the upper area of the foot’s arch (i.e., the ‘orange dot’ area).
Upper & Lower Abdomen
The entire arch of the foot is linked to the abdominal area in the baby. The upper abdomen correlates with the upper half of the arch. Therefore, press it gently to treat digestive issues like heartburn and bowel obstruction. The lower abdomen correlates with the lower half of the arch, so apply the pressure there to treat post-digestive issues like constipation and bloating.
Apply pressure on the heels of a baby’s foot to treat issues in the pelvic area, like muscle tightness and postural problems.
However, remember that reflexology will only soothe the pain due to certain conditions, so it is meant as a way to increase the comfort of the baby, and cannot be used as a “cure-all” for certain diseases.
Make sure you follow these tips for a relaxed reflexology session with your baby:
Stress and anxiety are unfortunately very common these days, and numerous people seek the most powerful way to relax and reduce the tension they feel on a daily basis.
Apparently, EFT tapping is one of the most efficient ways to soothe the anxious mind and get rid of the intrusive and persistent thoughts.
This method was developed in 1980 by psychologist Roger Callahan and his patient, Mary, who had a severe phobia of water. Her fear of water controlled every single aspect of her life, and she was anxious when it rained, and could not even look at water.
The two worked on treating her phobia for a year without any effects, but as Dr. Callahan had been studying Chinese medicines and learning about meridian points, he got the idea to try tapping. He instructed his patient to tap on her cheekbone, which is the location of the stomach meridian, as her phobia caused her stomach pain.
When Mary tried, her stomach pain miraculous disappeared. Therefore, Dr. Callahan further investigated the effects of the technique and coined the name Thought Field Therapy.
Yet, Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, trained under Dr. Callahan, but found certain issues linked to it. He found that at times, tapping resulted in a problem being incorrectly diagnosed, and patients could tap the meridians in any order to find relief. The updated version he created was called EFT.
Emotional freedoms technique (EFT) is an alternative treatment in the energy psychology field, which successfully treats physical pain, mental health issues, and emotional problems. It is actually acupressure for the brain, as it eliminates negative energy and any emotional blocks from the energetic field.
Even though it is based on ancient medicine, this is a relatively new therapy. It centers around the idea of “chi,” or energy moving throughout the body, accessible by meridian points. Tapping actually removes any blockages on these “energy highways”.
This technique is believed to send signals to the brain parts that control stress and restore the balance to the energetic field.
Namely, any disruption of the body’s energy causes negative emotions, and diseases and physical pain are linked to them. Health issues have their feedback – physical symptoms lead to emotional distress, while unresolved emotional problems manifest themselves through physical symptoms.
Therefore, the body needs to be treated as a whole, and you cannot treat the symptoms without addressing their underlying cause, and vice-versa. The body is composed of energy, so all physical and emotional symptoms can be treated by restoring the balance in the energy, and tapping is actually based on this.
You will have to focus on the issue you intend to treat, stress, anxiety, fear, a bad memory, a problem, and so on, and start taping the meridian points found on your body, that are related to the areas linked to the problem you would like to get rid of.
You are fully concentrated to resolve the negative emotion and by tapping, you actually release the negative energy and restore the balance.
The ancient Chinese discovered 100 meridian points, whose stimulation heals all kinds of ailments and diseases. However, acupuncture practitioners memorize all hundreds of points along the body, and they take years and huge knowledge to finally master it.
Yet, everyone can learn tapping, and it is completely painless, and simple. Moreover, you can use its benefits whenever and wherever you like. It is less time consuming, free, and will give you the power to heal your health problems on your own, and you will definitely like that you regain control over your health.
Yet, remember to treat one issue at a time. Follow these steps:
After tapping the under-the-spleen meridian point, end with the governing vessel meridian point. It would also be beneficial to have a reminder phrase that will remind you of the issue you like to treat. When you are done, rate the final intensity of the pain, and compare your results.
A 2013 study has found that this therapy is helpful in the treatment of PTSD, as it managed to reduce psychological stress levels in participants in only a month. A 2016 study also showed that it drastically reduces anxiety.
EFT has shown promise as a treatment of insomnia, physical pain, and depression as well, but the research is still in its infancy. You can consult your doctor about the most powerful therapy for your problem, whether to try EFT, meditation, yoga or some other method.
A lot of people around the world are using the wrong cure in order to treat chronic pain. This mainly happens because they haven’t found the real cause and the root of the pain. One of the most common things that trigger the pain and cause it to appear, and people are not even aware of it, is stress!
According to the latest studies, people who are constantly under stress and experience anxiety, and they constrict the muscles, are very likely to experience causes cramps and fatigue. Surely you’ve heard of IBS and headaches caused from stress, but the effects and issues that the stress can cause are further reaching for sure.
Psychology Today’s Dr. Susanne Babel reported: “Many studies have proven that the chronic pain can not only be triggered from physical injuries, but also it can be caused from emotional issues and stress as well. Often we experience physical pain, but that is only a sign our body sends that there is still some emotional work left, that must be done.”
By using this theory you will be able to find out what is the problem with your emotional status by knowing in which area of the body the pain appears. Even though this theory doesn’t have any clear evidence, it is worth giving a shot:
12 Body Parts that are Pained by Stress
Headaches can be caused from worrying about small things and fighting against obstacles. The best thing you can do to treat this type of pain is to take some time on your own and relax, try not to feel guilt or think about your everyday tasks and problems. Everybody deserves a little bit of quiet and peace, with this you will be able to boost your productivity later.
The destructive emotion of your neck is resentment, it doesn’t matter if its a grudge against you or others. Forgiving and letting go can be quite hard, but you can make a huge difference by redirecting your attitude a little bit. It’s okay if you are not always meeting the highest expectations you stood for. Even if you feel like everybody wants to harm you in a way, it is not always like that. Think about what you’ve achieved in the past, your very unique abilities and the things you love most.
You may feel a lot of toll on the shoulders if you are trying to make one choice or a couple of them. Maybe you are simply naturally indecisive, or someone else is pressuring you. However, you should try talking about your dilemma with someone that is very close with you and knows everything about you. Even if they are unable to give you any advice, talking about your concerns can make you find a solution deep down within yourself.
Mostly pain in the upper back appears if we are afraid of love or we feel unappreciated. It is very unpleasant to feel the missing support of your best friends or your own family. The first and maybe best solution to this, is communication. Make sure to meet new people from time to time, and reconnect with your loved ones. Be the kindest person you can, and be very friendly.
Pain in the lower back can appear mostly by money obsession and fearing of losing. Even though that the money are one of the most important things, still they cannot buy happiness, so they can damage somebody’s relationships and health. The key to happiness is not wealth. When you’re doing what you love and fill yourself with joy, the profit will follow you.
It is in our nature to fear from new things and resist some new significant changes. The most common response to these situations is illogical stubbornness, which triggers joint pain. Never forget that life is sometimes a lot less complicated than it really is. Don’t struggle to change things that cannot be changed. Go along with the flow in life and let things happen.
We often feel pain in our hands, and that is a clear sign of feeling lonely. If you notice that you are feeling pain in you hands, you must come out of that lonely zone and catch up with friends, meet new people, visit sport events, or simply be in more crowded places than you usually are.
A lot of people are enjoying the predictable lifestyle, and when new situations come, which are highly unpredictable they start to feel pain in their hips, which is a clear signal that they are afraid of change. Don’t forget that life is just like a river, it changes and it rushes, and that is the most interesting part about it. Consider life a big adventure and enjoy every small moment of it.
Nobody considers themselves a conceited person, but pain in the knees is a clear sign of an inflated ego. Take a look around, the world is not revolving around you, care for others, pay attention on the struggles of your coworker, of your parent, of your best friend. Nobody feels like losing something when giving back, it will only make you feel fulfilled.
There are times in relationships where things get very tense, especially when jealousy and possessiveness are the main feelings. Learn how to trust your friends, then learn how to trust your lover, simply relax and don’t even think about controlling them, instead of doing that, remember why you love them so much and why you became close with them in the first place. But if the situation is from the opposite side, and someone tries to make you lose yourself, then it might be the alarm that tells you to move on without them.
When life gets very busy, and we have a lot of work to do and many daily tasks, we might even forget to properly take care of ourselves. Life in fact can get so busy that you even neglect your needs and stop chasing your dreams. If you are stuck in the same place for too long, than it might be time to break free and try to experience life once more. Going on a book trip, opening yourself to a romance and the main thing is to go to bed early. You are the only person that can make your dreams come true.
We feel like we are unable to move forward from apathy. And when we feel the whole world is against us, and everything is going wrong, and we are only failing, we feel pain in our feet. In order to treat this pain, pay attention to the world around you, see the beauty of it every day. In order to optimize each experience, use all 5 senses you have. Make sure to smile more, and you can even make it your point, because you look a lot better with a smile on!
De-Stress to Heal
Next time when you have a headache, don’t take any pills simply relax and take a few minutes on your own, avoid stress and anxiety. The pain you feel is a clear sign that your emotional status is not clean. By taking a pill for that type of pain, you are killing the messenger that is telling you what the real problem is. Pay attention to what your body tells you, it wants the best for you.
Stress and anxiety are unfortunately common in the modern era. Yet, prescription medications often cause numerous adverse effects, so it is best to initially treat these issues in a natural way.
Magnesium is an incredibly important mineral, that plays a role in numerous biochemical reactions in the body. It is also known as the ‘original chill pill’, and has been found to effectively relieve stress and anxiety.
Scientists believe that there is a correlation between the lower magnesium rates and increased anxiety levels since the end of the Second World War.
In 1968, scientists Wacker and Parisi reported that magnesium deficiency can be the cause of depression, irritability, psychosis, behavioral disturbances, headaches, muscle cramps, seizures, ataxia, psychosis, and found that all of them were reversible with magnesium repletion.
The low levels of magnesium in the body reduce the levels of GABA, (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which is the brain’s main calming neurotransmitter. Therefore, the brain remains alert and constantly worried, leading to high-stress levels.
The symptoms of chronic stress and anxiety can be relieved with the use of magnesium supplements, as well as a topical application of magnesium.
Yet, the simplest way to optimize magnesium levels in the body is to consume magnesium-rich foods.
The following list contains the top 10 magnesium-rich foods based on magnesium content (values of mg in food from the USDA):
-- Meat and fish, like salmon, mackerel, tuna ( 3 ounces of halibut or salmon will help you get 7% of your RDI, and the same amount of chicken breasts and ground lean beef contain 6% and 5% respectively)
-- Nuts and seeds, like peanuts, cashews, and almonds ( they provide 20% of the RDI of magnesium in just 1 ounce of nuts, as well as high amounts of healthy fatty acids)
-- Vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, but also cabbage, peas, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, artichokes, spinach(half a cup of it provides a massive 20% of your RDI)
-- Fruits, like raspberries, bananas (A medium banana contains up to 8% of your RDI for magnesium)
-- Rice and other whole grains, like oats and brown rice (half a cup of cooked brown rice contains 11% of your RDI of magnesium)
-- Legumes like chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans
-- Raw cacao
-- Dark Chocolate
-- Baked beans
-- Chlorella powder
By incorporating these foods into your diet, you will drastically lower stress levels and relieve anxiety symptoms. Moreover, you will also strengthen health in numerous other ways!