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Anxiety is a very common emotion experienced by most of us in response to being confronted with an unpleasant and potentially harmful trigger, typically characterized by feelings of fear, anger, sadness, and panic. Anxiety is in fact, a protective mechanism designed to prevent ourselves from engaging in potentially harmful behaviors and to cope with a stressful and tense situation. But when anxiety becomes an excessive and irrational dread of everyday situations with feelings of worry and tension without much provocation, it becomes a disabling disorder and needs medical attention. Anxiety attacks usually come without any prior warning, and although the fear is generally exaggerated and without reason, the perceived danger is very real.
Panic attacks, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorders are different categories of psychiatric conditions that involve excessive anxiety. Many of these disorders can start at any age, and there is not any one factor contributing to it.
Common physical symptoms of anxiety include sweaty palms, dizziness, and diarrhea or intestinal/digestive discomfort, a feeling of general fatigue, insomnia, and restlessness. One may also experience a speeding heartbeat, tightness in the chest, rapid breathing, or tingling in the hands and feet.
Anxiety is caused due to certain physical malfunction in brain chemistry, where the brain sends and receives false emergency signals. Adrenalin and noradrenalin are then released, causing the same physiological changes in the body as would be experienced in a true ‘danger’ situation, e.g. being chased by the tiger scenario. Some of the anxiety you experience may actually be due to particular stimulants you are consuming (excess of caffeine, nicotine or colas) or imbalances in particular vitamins and minerals. Consumptions of refined sugars and starches (leading to blood glucose level fluctuations), diets deficient in protein or fat, and hyper active thyroid or adrenal glands may also contribute to the occurrence of anxiety feelings.
Nutrition plays a pivotal role in controlling anxiety. Certain nutritional factors are known to have a sedative action upon the nervous system and their deficiency may eventually result in anxiety. Conversely, an excess of certain minerals, which speed up the nervous system can also produce anxiety feelings. Although food can not cure anxiety, considering certain dietary modifications has been shown to reduce the occurrence and alleviate the symptoms.
With proper care which includes exercise, healthy diet, and proper nutritional supplementation you will have a great defense in battling anxiety by easing symptoms and learning coping skills. Go and take back your life!