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Any Ideas About Getting Rid Of The Physical Symptoms?
« on: January 27, 2014, 11:02:45 AM »
I had my first panic attack in August and have since been diagnosed with GAD. Since then my life has been a struggle and I am running low on patience. I hurt every single day and I am constantly plagued with a headache that won't go away. I have random chest pains and leg pains on top of this weird feeling in my head. I have been to the doctors to rule out any physical ailments and of course all tests come back fine. The biggest issue that I would love to fix is this feeling in my head. The only way I know to describe it is by saying that it feels like I am constantly in a fog. I can deal with the jitters and the random pain. I begun adjusting my diet so my intake is healthier. I am going to try exercising more starting this week. Anyone have pointers on how to get out of the brain fog?
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Re: Any Ideas About Getting Rid Of The Physical Symptoms?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 11:39:16 AM »
Hi MJ...

You have started out well by seeing your physician and ruling-out many conditions that might be causing your symptoms.  I'm certain you have heard the term "mental illness", but in reality there is no such thing, as all mental symptoms, such as those seen in GAD, have a physical origin.

There are a lot of tonics and remedies out there that claim to rid one of conditions such as GAD, but all they really do in mask the symptoms, and they really don't do that very well.  The proven medical practices that really work are anti-depressants, therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness), exercise, and taking omega-3/fish oil.  Stress hormones, such as cortisol, actually destroy brain cells in the hippocampus region of the brain.  The four medical practices that I named, actually promote the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus.

Your focusing on a better diet can certainly add to the benefits.  Here are some dietary suggestions for you:

Foods to avoid would be:

too much salt (you only need between 1.5 to 3 teaspoons a day)
chili or spicy powders
refined sugar and wheat aka "gut glues" (baked goods, cakes, cookies, white bread, pasta, granola, muffins, etc)
refined soy (soy milk, tofu, soybean oil)
industrial seed oils (canola oil, rice bran oil etc)
dairy if lactose sensitive
too many legumes, nuts and seeds - avoid peanuts
junk food
fast food

Foods to eat (these contain GABA, theanine and tryptophan boosters):

Water (even the slightest dehydration triggers anxiety warning bells)

Low carbohydrate, alkaline-forming vegetables eg. asparagus, bamboo shoots, beets, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbages, capsicum/bell peppers, carrots, celery, cauliflower, chard, chicory, choy sum, collards, cucumber, eggplant/aubergine, en choy, endive, escarole, gai lan, garlic, green beans, horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, New Zealand spinach, okra, onions, peas, pumpkin, radish, rutabagas, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tatsoi, turnips, and watercress.

Low carbohydrate, alkaline-forming fruits eaten “just ripe” are best for anxiety, such as apples, apricots, avocados, berries, cherries, coconut, currants, grapefruit, grapes, guavas, kiwi fruit, kumquats, lemons, limes, loquats, lychees, nectarines, oranges, passion fruit, peaches, pears, persimmons, rhubarb, sapotes, strawberries and tomatoes.

Nori (seaweed) is great for iodine and potassium, calcium, vitamins A, B1, C and E.

Lemon balm, rosemary, thyme and sage are natural anxiety and stress relievers in terms of herbs. Ginger for spices, and chamomile, lavender and dandelion in terms of edible flowers.

Mushrooms are great for B vitamins, selenium, copper, and potassium.

Meat with fat (not lean) and offal (livers!) are awesome for zinc, vitamin B12, selenium, phosphorus, niacin, vitamin B6, choline, riboflavin and iron. A number of forms of meat are also high in K2. Grass-fed is best.

Seafood provides high-quality protein, including oil-rich fish like salmon as great sources of Omega-3 oils as well as shellfish being particularly good for zinc.

Healthy fats and oils to use for cooking include avocado oil, butter, coconut oil, ghee, lard, macadamia oil, olive oil, schmaltz and tallow.   

Bone broths (or soups with bones, especially marrow bones) are great for those suffering anxiety and from acid reflux, IBS, or FODMAPS intolerance. The glycine found in bone broths is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, meaning that it helps you relax and improves sleep quality.

Eggs provide several vitamins and minerals, including vitamina A, B, D and E, choline, iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. Especially high in Omega-3 fatty acids, they are an excellent source of energy for anxiety sufferers.

Raw, fermented, full-fat dairy is probably best, such as cultured butter, yogurt, kefir, clotted milk, and aged cheese (gouda, cheddar). Full-fat, organic dairy would be next best while avoiding homogenised milk if you can.

Fermented foods and drinks to try out are sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, coconut yogurt and tempeh. While helping balance your gut flora, many fermented foods increase the amount of B vitamins present, which is especially beneficial to anxiety sufferers.

Some nuts and seeds that are good are almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chia seeds, flax seeds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pepitas, pine nuts, pistachios, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and walnuts.

I hope that these suggestions help.

The very best to you, MJ!...  Chuck
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Re: Any Ideas About Getting Rid Of The Physical Symptoms?
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 12:16:04 PM »
When I first started having anxiety reading and video games helped with brain fog. If you don't have enough energy to read listen to an audio podcast or video. Also if you can't snap out of it you have to give yourself permission to be spacy for awhile.

If you are trying to get work done taking notes on a text pad or word document can help just write down everything you can about what you are trying to do, even if you feel like your brain is in a fog the act of writing down your thoughts might help clear your head a bit.

I also found that I was better able to compensate for the spaciness episodes and headaches if I communicated with others in writing instead of in person so I could read over what I said before I clicked send.
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