Anxiety is a chemical reaction in the body. This reaction becomes chronic regardless of our psychological toolbox, if we are deficient in some core nutrients involved in the production of the calming neurotransmitter called GABA.
Top 4 Nutrient deficiencies that make you anxious
- Magnesium: involved in heart rhythm, muscle stability and neuron communication along with a slew of other processes that help us feel balanced and be regular in all aspects of our body and mind.
- Inositol: a b-vitamin that has a calming effect on our nerves and helps to balances excess cortisol.
- Omega-3: all omega-3s are not created equal. We want to focus on fish oil only in this case. Fish oil contains omega-3 in the form of EPA and DHA. EPA helps to reduce anxiety, while DHA helps to recuse anger.
- Zinc: common deficiency measured in people dealing with anxiety. Interesting to note that the best source of zinc is red meat. In Ayurveda aka ancient Indian medicine red meat is known to be grounding. It thus makes sense that for some people who struggle with a sense of feeling "ungrounded", "airy" and "jittery anxious", that they can benefit from eating some red meat. Plants are very light in nature - which is great if you feel sluggish, lethargic and heavy which most of us do. However, after addiction, you need more grounding energy, as any addiction creates a sense of being disconnected and in essence "ungrounded".
If we are what we eat, think about your food in terms of energy.
Which foods feel *grounding* and *nourishing* to you? Our body intuitively knows and can give us the right answer, the more we practice reconnecting ourselves with our senses.
Our body has an innate wisdom, that our mind does not.
This regardless of our bragging rights of IQ and all. IQ matters little if we do not practice the ability of intuitive wisdom and emotional intelligence. That is why the most intelligent people, often show the highest rate in regards to suffering with depression, addiction and generally struggling in life.
A high level of intelligence gives us ability to see stupidity, but not the tools to handle it.
No wonder we become depressed and addicted, if we lack the tools to handle all the non-sense that inevitably is a part of today's word. The key is to focus more on our inner senses and wisdom and applying that into our life - this brings about it a more harmonious flow to living, and with it a happier us.
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