Stress

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Anxiety affects nearly 40 million U.S. adults. Teenagers and young children with high stress from ever demanding schedules or family problems are also increasingly affected. Anxiety is more than simple fearfulness or worry. Anxiety disorders are crippling fear reactions that cause suffering and interfere with daily responsibilities, family life and social ties. At its worst, the sufferer may be unable to even leave the house.

Heart palpitations and panic attacks are an especially big problem for women, and are directly linked to stress and hormonal fluctuations at the onset of menopause. Men suffer from anxiety disorders too, but in fewer numbers and often in silence.   Are You Having A Panic Attack? Here are the signs to look for: -hyperventilating or feeling short of breath especially at night -racing heartbeat, dizziness or feeling faint -bolting upright out of bed in the early morning hours -feeling like you’re “going crazy” or losing control -being full of fear that has no basis in reality and the fear interfering in the normal functioning of your life.

If you have these symptoms, you could be suffering from a panic attack. It will more than likely pass quickly. If symptoms persist, seek out a qualified health practitioner.

Here’s my personal defense: • If you get panic attacks, avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking. They deplete B vitamins, your body’s natural tranquilizers.

• I keep a heart relaxing extract with hawthorn, arjuna, ashwagandha and passionflowers by my bed for immediate relief.

• Motherwort contains natural calmers. Taken 3x daily as a weak tea.

• Flower Essence remedies have been used by natural healers for anxiety and stress relief for years. Flower essences work through human energy fields to address issues of emotional health and mind-body well-being. Bach RESCUE REMEDY is a gentle, effective remedy which restores emotional balance during high stress or anxiety. Can be used on stressed pets, too. (Contains essence of cherry plum for fear of losing control, clematis for resignation and fatalism, impatiens for anxiousness, rock rose for panic, and star of Bethlehem for fear.

 

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Adrenal gland health is the key to an easy menopause

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Adrenal stress symptoms are similar to menopausal symptoms—nervous tension, mild to severe depression, irritability, fatigue, and unpredictable mood swings. Stressful living and poor eating habits mean many women reach their menopausal years with prematurely worn out adrenals. Depleted adrenals cannot help a woman achieve her new hormone balance after menopause. As I travel around the country, talking to women about more natural ways to deal with menopausal symptoms, it’s almost the first question I ask when a woman complains of dramatic symptoms. Excessive hot flashes, and extreme fatigue are the first two things I hear, so it’s a pretty safe bet that she has swollen, exhausted adrenals. Results are quick for many women. Changing your habits to support long term adrenal health will almost certainly result in eliminating unpleasant menopausal symptoms. Are your adrenals exhausted? Three or more yes answers should alert you.

Lack of energy or alertness? Unexplained moodiness, unusual crying spells, unfounded guilt? Severely cracked, painful heels? Nervous moistness of hands and soles of feet? Brittle, peeling nails or extremely dry skin? Frequent heart palpitations or panic attacks? Chronic heartburn and poor digestion? Chronic lower back pain (adrenal swelling)? Hypoglycemia and cravings for salt or sweets? High incidence of yeast or fungal infections? Severe reactions to odors, or to certain foods?

Stress is toxic to the adrenal glands. Adrenal exhaustion can keep you locked in a low-energy/high-stress loop. Herbs are some of the best therapy I know for revitalizing swollen, exhausted adrenal glands. For acute stress reactions: try herbal nervines like scullcap, St. John’s wort, kava, passionflower, valerian, chamomile.  Chronic stress: consider herbs like licorice, black cohosh, ashwagandha, Siberian eluthero, sarsaparilla, gotu kola. For adrenal integrity, try Vitamin C 5000 mg daily.

You can revitalize your adrenal health with seaweed. Sea vegetables act as total body tonics to restore female vitality during menopause. Add seaweeds to your diet like nori, wakame, dulse, arame and kelp (2 tbsp. daily, chopped into salads and soups). Sea vegetables are a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins like D, K which assist with production of steroidal hormones like estrogen, and DHEA that support the female body during menopause. New studies indicate that up to 40% of the U.S. population is deficient in Vitamin D. Eating sea veggies is a great way to shore up a Vitamin D deficiency while supporting adrenal gland health.

To Life-long health, Linda Page