The effects of Anxiety seem to be in our conversations much more since 2020. My first anxiety attack was in 2016 upon leaving a court hearing that affected my grandson and the second one was sitting in the lower levels of a Dallas court house as the District Attorney informed us he was going to let a dangerous man back onto the streets which would in turn deeply affect my daughter and granddaughter.


What did I learn from these two experiences? I realized that my body's nervous system had become tender and easily stimulated into an anxiety reaction. You know the racing heart, rapid breathing, foggy brain and shaking. Those who have experienced this, know the feelings of the experience.


I began exploring the role that the Vagus Nerve plays when the body begins to enter into this strange world called "Anxiety". The symptoms of anxiety can become unbearable and can cause your body to become more prone to various illnesses. Yes, there are pharmaceutical approaches to treating anxiety, But what if I could share with you some of the more holistic solutions I have found to be helpful?

The Magic of The Sun

One of the main causes of seasonal depression, is the over production of Melatonin. Remember, your body produces melatonin from serotonin. Your pineal gland in your brain, responds to darkness.


As it gets darker earlier, your body signals that it is time to release melatonin into your bloodstream. As we experience longer periods of darkness, in the winter months, our body will use more serotonin to make melatonin. This is why you may feel blue in the winter compared to the summer. Just spend 10 to 15 minutes outside every day, especially when the sun is shining, this has shown to increase serotonin levels.

A Healthy Diet

Discovering the link between gut health and anxiety is a game changer. The body produces over 95% of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5HT) in the gut. 5-HT is a neurotransmitter of the central nervous system. Only 5% is found in the brain. Your brain and your gut talk to each other all the time through hormones and neurotransmitters. This is known as the gut-brain axis.


We do not get serotonin directly from our food, but we can consume foods rich in tryptophan which can boost serotonin production. Tryptophan is instrumental in the production of serotonin, a mood neurotransmitter that relaxes you. Because it's an amino acid, you body only receives it from your diet.


Some of the foods rich in tryptophan include chicken, turkey, fish, and fruits such as bananas, apples and prunes. Milk contains high tryptophan and the benefits can be experienced by drinking a cup of warm milk before bed to help with sleep. But remember that dairy is an inflammatory food that can cause problems for a lot of people.


Dairy foods contain lactose, casein, and whey. Casein is a protein very similar to gluten, Most people that are sensitive to gluten are also sensitive to casein.


If you experience depression or anxiety regularly, you likely have low serotonin levels. Here are common signs you have low serotonin levels.

  • Changes in sleep (too little or too much)

  • Chronic pain

  • Memory loss or dementia

  • Little or no appetite

  • Cuts that do not heal quickly

  • Unable to focus

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

Supplements

  • GABA -- Is an amino acid and is known for calming the central nervous system. GABA helps nerve impulses communicate. Without enough GABA, you can experience anxiety. You may want to try 500-1000 mg of GABA a day and include foods such as green tea, citrus fruits, bananas, nuts and greens.

  • Omega 3's -- Can reduce the symptoms caused from anxiety.

  • Magnesium -- Naturally calms the nervous system. Magnesium can be found in coconut water, seaweed, pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds, chocolate and more.

  • 5-HTP -- This is an amino acid that makes serotonin, elevating mood.

  • Probiotics -- Helps your gut produce serotonin. Science has discovered serval species of gut bacteria are missing in people with depression, which can lead to mood imbalances. This is why I recommend everyone take a probiotic everyday to ensure a healthy balance of the good bacteria in the gut. Probiotics are one of the five essential supplements to managed and promote healthy mood.

Herbs

Mother Earth gives us all the medicines we need to live healthy vibrant lives.

  • Chamomile relaxes and has sedative properties that help with sleep

  • Kava Kava reduces anxiety by activating GABA receptors in the brain

  • Valerian root is for insomnia. Take a Valerian root supplement or drink a warm cup of Valerian root tea an hour before bed.


Aromatherapy

Essential oils can be added to baths, massage oils or infusers. The best essential oils for anxiety are lavender, ylang-ylang, geranium, rose, bergamot and jasmine


As humanity navigates through the ever changing societal nuances we are daily experiencing, we want to do it with grace and ease, not fear and anxiety. I hope these suggestions will empower you and those you love to powerfully and purposefully walk through this time in human history.






Updated: Mar 29




Fresh Fruit & Veggies

A heart-healthy diet includes fruits and veggies for all meals and snacks.

1. One Simple Change: add one new fruit to your daily routine, slice it up for easy pickings!


Rest & Recuperation

Manage stress and get a good night’s sleep.

2. One Simple Change: start going to bed at the same time each night.


Game Changers

Quitting smoking and vaping can make a big difference.

3. One Simple Change: Ask for help on how to create new habits that support your body and connect with others who have already quit.


Move Your Body

A good starting goal for exercise is 150 minutes per week.

4. One Simple Change: Start with 10 minutes today. Go for a walk, jump some rope, find a swimming pool or simple dance with your headphones on at home. Doing 10 minutes a day gets you to 70 minutes for the week, and you’re more than halfway there.


Weight Management

Maintaining a weight that's healthy for you is beneficial for heart function.

5. One Simple Change: Today keep track of what you are eating. Start making the connection to what feels good in your body and what doesn’t.


To eat more fruits and veggies every day try this simple and easy way:

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Updated: Apr 7





You may be asking, "How could Cancer be a blessing?" When the doctor says, "You have Cancer", the heart begins to skip a beat and we must remind ourselves to breathe.

After the shock wears off and we come back from the fact that our world has seemingly just spun out of our control, we ask ourselves, " What does it all mean?'.


Perhaps we ask, "Why me?" or "Will I survive?". Yes, these questions often fly into our minds first but eventually we must ask the deeper questions. Beginning with, "How did this happen?".


Science has shown that toxins can weaken our physical bodies opening the doorways that manifest Cancer. Our lifestyle choices in the United States have not been conducive to having a healthy body and mind. This disconnection between our body's health and wellbeing and the rise in chronic disease is clearly seen in the numbers reflected at the website of the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The numbers are alarming at best. 6 in 10 Adults in the U.S. have chronic disease and 4 in 10 have more than 2 chronic diseases.


The question now arises, "Is Cancer a plague only reflecting the physical and genetic toxic causes or is there something more?". I would like to recommend a book entitled "The Body Never Forgets" by Kim Schilling.


My body has learned by heart

What my eyes have long forgotten

Entrusted long ago with deadly visions

These entrenched dark and dangerous secrets

Guarded tightly by those faithful curators inside

Held in jagged pieces by little and big hands.

I feel them there beneath my deadened skin

They use my hollow eyes to peer at the world

Kicking and screaming they feel the pain

Absorbing it, gripping it for the coward in me

My body shakes and trembles for them

I cannot escape completely, as we are one.


Too big to be remembered for fear of consuming me

Too big to be forgotten for they won’t let me

Only in my dreams they haunt my tranquility

Moaning and weeping I see unrecognizable terror

Awakening to little ones crying and big ones irate

Fighting with myself I refuse to hear their messages.


The wall of resistance deadens their ghostly wails.

Walking onward with ambivalence through the day.

My skin crawls with remnants of yesterday’s pain.

Desperate clawing at my skull reminds me again.

Evil that escapes my youthful mind is evil the body never forgets.

By Kim Schilling

Our bodies store our pains, our fears, our anger and our disappointments inside the body's organs and facia. If we are angry our liver will store the anger. If we are grieving our lungs will store the grief. More times than not cancer are thoughts of anger unresolved. Our body vehicles can give our mind, our body, and our spirit a teaching resource for self-revelation and reconciliation.


The illnesses such as Cancer, are in unison and favorable to self-healing once the mechanism of the destructive influences have been grasped by the individual.


Many have found that Cancer is quite easily healed mentally and is often an excellent teaching tool. It is not unusual that once an individual forgives the other person or circumstances at whom he or she is angry, the cancer will begin to subside.


True healing begins with forgiveness of self and a greater heightening of respect for the self.

This is often conveniently expressed by being mindful of dietary matters. But the deeper part of the healing process is the forgiving process.


In the area of dietary matters, what would be the foods that one would include or exclude resulting in greater care of the body? Cancer can be a psychological nudge, for the body and the mind and the spirit. Thus, it is the care and respect for the self that is the true thing of importance. Learning healthy boundaries and loving the self-enough to set these boundaries,

can be instrumental in the healing process.


Where does one begin to discover the secrets, our body holds and the body's signaling for a release?






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