I have promised to write about my experiences with Dr. Riesman at the MindBody Medical Center in Brentwood, TN. I encourage you to read all parts of this series, including the prelude, Shelling out the BIG bucks for the sake of HEALTH. This is Part 2: Natural Remedies For Anxiety. Part 1: Eaten Alive with Candida can be found here and Part 3: The One & Only Detox/ Cleanse You Should Be Doing is yet to come.
In my last post I talked about candida (aka yeast) and the big list of symptoms that can arise from an overgrowth (underline are the symptoms I was experiencing):
- Feeling tired, lack of energy
- Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
- Autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, or multiple sclerosis
- Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, ADD, ADHD, and brain fog
- Skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
- Mood swings, anxiety, or depression
- Vaginal infections or urinary tract infections
- Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
- Strong sugar and carbohydrate cravings
Today’s post is going to focus on ANXIETY.
I am a high-strung individual. I am a worry-wart. I stress, I get nervous, I get butterflies until my stomach hurts. I have always been this way. Xanax is my friend, and when I have to take one before a flight or a job interview or procedure at the doctor’s office, in my state of feeling nothingness bliss, I think about how awesome it must be for normal people to feel like this all or most of the time. But Xanax is a drug, a prescription, and I no longer want to put these chemicals in my body. And even if I was okay with this, I can’t take Xanax every day, even though I may need it that often because it is extremely addictive.
So what are some natural alternatives?
First of all let’s discuss essential oils. You know I am a lover of oils as long as you are using a reputable, quality brand company. You can diffuse any combination of stress and anxiety support oils or apply them topically to you and inhale. I personally like making roll-ons with multiple oils. The photo above is an example of a roll-on bottle you can make. I have since, added Grounding and Valor and Vetiver to mine, and I call it my “liquid xanax”.
Magnesium is also important when it comes to stress and anxiety. Almost everyone is deficient in magnesium, but the problem is that magnesium is not absorbed well when taken orally. This is one of the reasons I like to take epsom salt baths. Magnesium absorbs much better through the skin, and taking a bath in epsom salt will replenish your magnesium levels, making you feel much more relaxed, calm, and in an overall better mood. Plus I can add anxiety-aiding essential oils to the epsom salt for an even nicer bath (or if I’m wanting more of a detox effect from the bath I will add lemon oil). Not a fan of baths? I use this magnesium spray. It is super concentrated. In fact you may prefer to water it down. (Magnesium spray can also help with improved sleep, higher energy levels, chronic pain, and muscle cramps.)
Now let’s talk the supplements I take from my doctor. I take GABA-750 and Ashwagandha (don’t ask me to pronounce it) every morning, as this seems to be the time of day that my anxiety is at it’s worst. You can take up to 2 GABA capsules twice a day and up to 3 Ashwagandha capsules twice a day. I usually only need one of each. I find them quite potent, but in a good way.
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) occurs naturally in your brain and helps to regulate brain activity. GABA has an inhibitory function, meaning it slows down neuron firing. Other neurotransmitters (such as dopamine or serotonin) stimulate neuron firing, so it’s important to remember this when deciding which supplements to take. If you are deficient in GABA neurons fire too easily and/ or too often.
Ashwaganda is an herbal medicine that dates back three millennia. In a 2000 study published in Phytomedicine, the calming effect of Ashwagandha on rats was equal to that produced by the prescription anti-anxiety medicine lorazepam.
I have had great luck with these two supplements. As I said they are potent, and some people state “feeling loopy”or “drunk feeling”. I haven’t had an experience like that; instead I feel “just right” and “normal”.
Now I just want to tie ends together and say that candida can also cause anxiety. In my prelude to this series, Shelling out the BIG bucks for the Sake of HEALTH, I said that I went to Dr. Riesman with a list of three priorities. One of those priorities stated:
I can’t explain this, but I have developed such excruciating anxiety. Things that never bothered me before, I freak out about. Small things. All things. I can’t control it. I feel like I’m in a constant state of panic.
The reason my anxiety had reached a level I had never felt before was because of the candida overgrowth in my body. If you are experiencing multiple symptoms on the list I provided, please find an alternative doctor that is willing to work and listen to you. I am so extremely thankful to be feeling closer to normal now. The anxiety I was experiencing was awful. Everything became so hard for me. Everything caused me such fear. And I knew what was going on wasn’t “normal”, not even for me. There’s no way for me to explain it in words. I’m just so thankful that part is behind me.
There are natural and effective alternatives to prescriptions medication. Essential oils are good for so much. And supplements and herbs exist as well.