Endometriosis can cause anxiety for a variety reasons. Suffering ill-health is very stressful for both body and mind, but by using certain nutrients you can help to manage your stress and anxiety a little better.
I remember when I had endometriosis the stressors were immense – worrying about when the next flare would hit, how would I manage my finances, stress and anxiety of not being able to maintain my old social life and feelings of isolation and not being understood. This all adds up to cause a lot of anxiety.
There are certain nutrients you can use to help manage your anxiety that you can include in your daily diet regime. Some of these nutrients are advised to include daily, like magnesium and a good quality B vitamin complex.
These four safe remedies can help calm the ‘stress response’, and help you to manage your anxiety
This nutrient is essential for the production of serotonin and the support of GABA. GABA is your calming neurotransmitter which will help reduce a stress response and also helps with sleep. But most important, nerve-cell membranes use magnesium to relax after they’ve fired.
This relaxation is crucial because it calms brain activity. There are various forms of magnesium and it is recommended a daily dose of 400 to 600 mg in the form of Magnesium Threonate or glycinate can help with anxiety. Magnesium Threonate is the only form of magnesium able to cross the blood/brain barrier which means it is the best magnesium for calming the brain.
Made from the amino acid tryptophan, 5-HTP (short for 5-Hydroxytryptophan) is a precursor of serotonin, which also helps with depression. 5-HTP also boosts melatonin, which is essential for good sleep. 5-HTP is crucial for getting the soothing brain chemical serotonin to be more available and serotonin is the ‘feel-good’ hormone that is produced in your gut.
Vitamins B6, B12, and B9 (folate) support methylation, a process that tamps down cortisol production. Plus, vitamin B6 aids in the production of GABA and serotonin, the two brain chemicals most likely to calm the fires of anxiety.
It is recommended to take 25 to 100 mg daily of B6; 50 to 200 mcg (micrograms) of B12; and 400 to 800 mg of folate. Some people don’t convert folate easily because of a variant in the MTHFR gene. If tests reveal this is the case for you, choose “activated” B vitamins.
A naturally occurring amino acid found in green tea, L-theanine balances the glutamine–GABA balance. Glutamine is a naturally occurring substance that accelerates brain activity, while GABA works in the opposite way, slowing brain action.
For safety and efficacy, L-theanine is one of the best anti-anxiety supplements available as it calms the brain and can help aid restful sleep.
These are all safe remedies which you can use regularly along with other anxiety calming remedies and techniques like yoga, using aromatherapy and breathing techniques © ©
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