Anxiety, why now?

“Anxiety, why now?” – sponsored by Khapregesic® [ka-pra-geez-ic] a new natural pain & anxiety reliever. Combining plant-based anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, with prebiotics for a calmer gut and a more balanced microbiome.”

Important notice: Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional if your anxiety symptoms are severe or last more than two weeks. 

Why am I feeling more anxious?

Australia’s the lucky country right?  COVID-19 cases are smaller than anywhere in the world. We are protected by border closures. We have one of the best health systems in the world. Testing rates are high. So why am I feeling so anxious?

Are we totally safe? The second wave in Melbourne is unpredictable. Sydney is looming and there’s no vaccine yet, if at all.

First, the Prime Minister said six months; now he says we have an “early mark”. The curve has flattened and, putting Melbourne and Sydney to one side, there’s no new cases in most states of Australia and New Zealand. Globally, most countries are doing well. Putting out second wave spot fires with new cases, but generally under control, or is it? 

This roll-a-coaster of media messaging, one minute there’s good news the next minute bad news. Is this why I feel more anxious?

Serenity in isolation

Isolation was difficult at first, but the realisation that we were all in it together brought a strength of solidarity. The sudden stop to the merry-go-round of life brought a serenity and peace to our isolation. We discovered a new norm. A cocooned existence. Safe and secure.

This ‘coming out’ (and maybe having to go back in) is new territory with all the uncertainty of moving to a new house or changing jobs.

Anxiety is natural when we venture into new territory. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Remember over 2 million Australians and 40 million Americans experience anxiety in a normal year. Imagine the numbers now – you’re definitely not alone.  

Beating anxiety means being kind to yourself.

Living through and beating anxiety means being kind to yourself. Learning more is a great step forward.

Recent research from the University of Louisville into mood and anxiety disorders says, “Anxiety can be defined as a prolonged state of apprehension brought on by an uncertain or unpredictable prospective threat.”

What can be more threatening than a highly contagious Corona virus?

Relax, your anxiety is officially justified. Now lets look for natural ways to ease it… 

When we feel a bit run down or stressed, many of us start to eat better or take supplements. Some say anxiety is the ultimate stress, so lets see how diet can affect anxiety?

Dietary causes of anxiety and panic attacks

Researchers have identified three significant dietary contributors to anxiety and panic attacks especially in women: serotonin deficiency, low vitamin B6 levels and low iron levels.

Why are women more likely to suffer from serotonin deficiency than men? There is evidence that female hormones interact with serotonin to cause anxiety symptoms which worsen during the premenstrual time, and around the time of menopause.

Video: Relieving anxiety, from post sponsor Khapregesic®. Two Practitioners discuss Khapregesic® and anxiety.  Tap on the video to learn more.

Anxiety relief – foods and supplements where do I start?

Dr Urma Naidoo from the Harvard Medical School outlines many foods that can help. She says, “A diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits is a healthier option than eating a lot of simple carbohydrates found in processed foods.When you eat is also important. Don’t skip meals. Doing so may result in drops in blood sugar that cause you to feel jittery, which may worsen underlying anxiety.”

When you feel particularly stressed and you know an anxiety attack is imminent, try to avoid certain foods. Unfortunately the comfort go-to’s of alcohol, caffeine and that sugar hit especially in a pastry or high-sugar chocolate bar can all heighten anxiety symptoms.

Is it possible to ‘have your cake and eat it too’? 

Very recent advances in the knowledge around gut bacteria and their environment, known as the microbiome, gives us an insight into some of the dietary triggers for anxiety.

Vitamin supplements can create a healthy balance of bacteria in the body that can boost the body’s ability to cope with stress, improve overall mental health and bolster cognitive functioning.  

Staying active is important

It’s equally important to be active, to keep the blood flowing. With exercise the last thing on your mind, getting some fresh air on a half hour slow walk is a good idea. If you have to stay indoors, gentle stretching on a yoga mat for half an hour is also a good idea. After any activity, make sure you drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest.

Stress reduction techniques

We must find time to reduce our stress levels. If that means we have to ask other house members to leave for an hour or if they can’t leave, you go somewhere quiet for an hour or so. If you’re a single mum or sole carer, be brave and ask some one to help you. Try to take a break for an hour or so.  

Meditation is great, but firstly, give yourself permission to relax into the meditative state. Most of us forget that. After meditating, curl up on the couch with your favourite podcast or movie. You never know you may fall asleep!

What about immediate anxiety relief?

If you feel anxiety coming on, don’t panic (pun intended). It’s important to address the anxiety as soon as it occurs. A fast acting traditional herbal medicine may be preferable as a non-drug alternative.

Fast acting and natural anxiety relief

Remember earlier on we mentioned that one of the contributing factors to feeling anxious was low serotonin levels? Science also tells us that over 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the gut. Our aim should be to look after our gut bacteria to achieve a balanced microbiome.

This way our serotonin levels can increase naturally.

A newly discovered traditional herbal medicine called khaya, has strong natural anti-inflammatory factors to calm gut inflammation. Its antioxidant levels are higher than green tea and it contains prebiotics to feed our good gut bacteria. All these factors combine to help balance our microbiome.

Clinical testing of the khaya formula Khapregesic® has shown that 70% of patients had their anxiety levels reduced significantly and they all experienced better quality sleep.

An easy go-to for reducing anxiety would be to try Khapregesic® with a good multivitamin high in vitamin B6 and iron. Do this first thing in the morning to set up your day and again before bed for better quality sleep.

That sounds like the answer to the first rule of kindness – looking after yourself.

 

The makers of Khapregesic® BioActive Natural Health, source their plant material from a sustainable Certified Organic Australian farm. It is available for purchase at www.khapregesic.com.au   

Important notice: Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional if your anxiety symptoms are severe or last more than two weeks. 

Khapregesic®

Khapregesic® [ka-pra-geez-ic] is the non-drug alternative for a range of menstrual related pains and anxiety symptoms. It combines plant-based anti-inflammatories and antioxidants with prebiotics for a calmer gut and a more balanced microbiome.