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Can supplements make me less anxious

answered 01:14 PM EST, Sun September 01, 2013
anonymous anonymous
low magnesium levels can increase anxiety. How can I know if I am getting enough magnesium? Do you recommend that people with anxiety consider magnesium supplements?

Jill Edwards Says...

These are good sources of magnesium and they look like good useful nutrition as well. To be sure of getting enough magnesium I would suggest that you eat a reasonable amount of these foods. It is easy to understand that magnesium is one of the substances that affects the contractability of muscles, so as anxiety often involves tension in the muscles, it will be involved in anxiety as well. Some of the ways magnesium is lost is through diabetes, diahorrea and alcoholism, so you would do well to see that the rest of your life style does not make you magnesium deficient.These are the foods:Natural Sources of MagnesiumMagnesium is widely distributed in foods. It is a part of chlorophyll in green vegetables. Cereals and vegetables normally contribute more than two thirds of the daily magnesium intake. They are found in almonds, cashews, mixed nuts, halibut, spinach, potatoes with skin, apples, figs, peaches, bananas, raisins, yogurt, wheat bran, oatmeal, whole grains, pinto beans, kidney beans, soy beans, brown rice, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.I recommend not taking supplements, but changing your life style and eating habits. I do this because I think it also improves anxiety to be focused on new healthy ways of eating and living.Anxiety is debilitating. It is a physical state and it is often made worse by the things we think about it. So if we think anxiety will lead to illness or if we think we should not go out because of our anxiety and we follow our thoughts with behaviour, we will find the anxiety increase. We are better changing the behaviour and being as active as we can. The more exercise we have, the more we challenge the messages of our anxiety, the more likely we are to move on from it. We may have to try out new behaviours in stages, or steps a little at a time. If your anxiety is interfering with what you want to do in a serious way, then I do suggest that you get some counselling to support you in finding a new way to behave in front of it.Anxiety is also a naturally protective state which arose at a time when we felt there was something to be afraid of. You could make sure your understand the fight and flight mechanisms that were put in place, in order to preserve us from wild animals.Have a look at your thinking and try to work out which of your thinking makes you more anxious and which makes you more hopeful. Use the more hopeful strategy and get going with living as much as you can. Best wishes

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