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New Wonder Anxiety Treatment Drug-Chocolate

chocolate the new anxiety treatment drug Is anxiety treatment the area of a medical doctor to prescribe you that little pill? This is not always the case. Are you like the majority of people who gets a happy mood boost whenever you enjoy a bar of chocolate? Then believe it – there is a chemical reason! So help yourself against your anxiety and make yourself feel good once again … and yes, reach for that chocolate bar.

The New Anxiety Treatment Drug

More and more health information is being shown that chocolate not only makes you feel good, but is good for your mind and body as well. In fact a study in the American Chemical Society (ACS) showed that one-and-a-half ounces of dark chocolate a day for 2 weeks reduced stress hormone levelsIt was found that the highly stressed volunteers of the study had lower levels of the ‘fight-or’flight’ stress hormone, cortisol at the end of the study.   Why Dark Chocolate is Good for Anxiety Treatment and for You? Not only is dark chocolate a few delicious moments of indulgence, it now has been proven that it consists of five chemical compounds that may be good for you.

  •  Dark chocolate contains resveratrol which not only protects your brain and nervous system, but actually prolongs your life
  • Dark chocolate provides antioxidant polyphenols that neutralize free radicals which can reduce processes associated with the developments of chronic, degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer
  • Dark chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which have been shown to produce higher levels of physical energy and mental alertness while at the same time lowering blood pressure in women. Health information studies also show that this caffeine component can also reduce inflammation in the brain that causes migraines.
  • Dark chocolate contains epicatechin which may protect the brain from injuries such as strokes
  • Dark chocolate contains anandadamide which is a neurotransmitter in the brain that temporarily blocks feelings of pain and anxiety

natural remedies for panic attacksThe scientist, Daniele Piomeli from the University of California found that the anandamide, the chemical reason as why you feel ‘bliss’ can also can help in memory and higher thought processes in areas that control movement.  Anandamide has also been compared to the sensation you might get from marijuana, but much, much, much milder than a ‘high’.

Are all Chocolates ‘Bliss’ or an Alternative Medicine?

nutritional benefits of cocoaThe simple answer is yes. However, when selecting chocolate, the closer your cocoa is to its natural raw state, the higher its nutritional value. Ideally, your chocolate or cocoa should be eaten raw (cacao).  However, cacao is fairly bitter, and the higher the percentage cacao, the more bitter it is. That’s why manufacturers remove the flavanols which make the chocolate bitter. But, it’s those flavanols that are responsible for many of chocolate’s health benefits. And that is why many manufacturers make it more palatable by adding sugar and chemicals. When purchasing chocolate, always check the ingredients on the back label. If the chocolate has sugar additives such as cane sugar, malt, maple, honey, dates, rice syrup, tapioca syrup, coconut sugar, molasses or fructose, it’s not going to be nutritional. And the same holds true for chocolates made with sugar alcohol or artificial sweeteners, which are known for their bloating, digestive disrupting and toxic side effects. anxiety treatment - try chocolateMilk chocolate equally is not a good choice as it contains pasteurized milk and large amounts of sugar. White chocolate is also high in sugar and contains none of the phytonutrients, so is not a good choice either. Therefore the best alternative medicine option is the dark chocolate. Your goal then is to find a chocolate that’s as minimally processed as possible, but still palatable. You don’t want to eliminate too many of the health benefits by eating a product that contains a lot of sugar and chemicals. Ideally choose chocolate with a cocoa/cacao percentage of about 70 or higher. health information on dark chocolate  If you can tolerate the flavor of raw cacao, then that’s the absolute best option.

 How Much Chocolate is Good for Anxiety Treatment?

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to indulging yourself with chocolate. But here are some basic guidelines.

  • Generally you should eat smaller amounts of chocolate more frequently, giving a gradual flow of nutrients in your bloodstream.
  • According to Dr. Golomb, studies show people eating chocolate more than five times per week have a lower body mass index. But then again, if you eat chocolate 20 times a day, you’re going to have a problem with your waist size. Remember like anything, don’t go to the extreme.
  • Daily consumption (two to three times per day) is probably beneficial, as long as you aren’t overdoing it in quantity, and as long as you’re eating high quality chocolate.

Health Information on Chocolate

Could it be said that chocolate is nutritionally valuable?  There is no simple answer. It depends on your insulin sensitivity, your activity level, your overall health, and the particular composition of the chocolate you’re eating. You are the best judge here. Feeling good is important and no one should have to live with anxiety. You need to be able to feel good about who you are and what you are feeling. With the right anxiety treatment and with a little bit of extra dark chocolate ‘indulgence’, you can get to where you want to be and not have to worry about taking mind numbing anxiety drugs that many physicians prescribe.   

 And the best thing is that chocolate is a great alternative medicine where you don’t first need to talk to your health care provider to indulge … but WARNING, don’t over-indulge!   

 

 

 

 

Healthy Eating a Natural Remedy

Healthy Eating to Stop Anxiety & Panic Attacks a Natural Remedy

 

Prescription drugs are too often the treatment of choice for most people suffering from anxiety and panic attacks.  Often these drugs although often effective to a certain degree, present potential side effects and dangers over the long term. 

 

It is for this reason that before you do anything, look at your lifestyle and look at your diet. A hectic modern lifestyle can be difficult for both adults and children.  Activities such as work deadlines, interviews, school activities and social gatherings do not make life any easier.  However, having a healthy diet can help reduce feelings of stress, tension and nervousness? 

 

There are foods that help anxiety, but it also important to realize that there are foods that can contribute to your anxiety and panic attacks.  Let’s take a look at the healthy food but at the same time, understand that fried foods, high glycemic carbs, processed foods, unrefined sugars and alcoholic beverages may have a calming affect short term, but cannot help you when you are suffering from anxiety.

 

Foods That Cure Anxiety

 

Whole Grain Foods

These are not only good for your heart but can also have a calming effect on your mind.  They contain magnesium and tryptophan, both having a powerful effect on anxiety. In fact the Mayo Clinic recommends eating complex carbs such as brown rice, whole wheat bread and whole grain pasta to boost your brain’s production of serotonin, one of the ‘feel good’ chemicals that fights anxiety and helps you feel more in control.  So instead of reaching for those tempting simple carbs, like sugary delights when you are feeling anxious, grab a handful of whole grain crackers or perhaps a baked sweet potato instead.  

 

Berries

These are not only delicious fruit but are considered superfoods. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries all contain natural antioxidants and vitamin C, which help regulate and prevent increases in cortisol levels.  Cortisol is a stress hormone produced by your adrenal glands, and if too high can activate your stress response, raising your heart rate and blood pressure.  According to the Mayo Clinic, long–term effects of high levels of cortisol can increase your risk of heart disease, depression and sleep disorders.

 

Chocolate

This is a great comfort food. But, instead of indulging on that bar of milk chocolate, enjoy the healthier alternative pure dark chocolate without the added sugars or milks.  This can lower your levels of that stress hormone cortisol, as well as the harmful norepinephrine and epinephrine that can make you feel anxious, moody and panicky.  It also stimulates those ‘feel good’ chemicals that make you feel better. 

 

Almonds

Almonds contain zinc, a key nutrient for maintaining a balance mood, as well as containing both iron and healthy fats.  Healthy fats are important in a balanced diet, whilst low iron levels have been known to cause brain fatigue, which can contribute to both anxiety and low energy levels.

 

Fish

When you are feeling anxious it is a good idea to make sure that your diet includes more of the omega-3 fatty acids which fish provides.  These types of fats do wonders for your body and your mind.  For those who are not seafood lovers, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and soybeans also include these wonderful fatty acids. Do not confuse the omega-3 acids with the harmful omega-6 fatty acids found in vegetable oils.  These can increase inflammation in the brain and cause mood imbalance. 

 

Herbal Tea

Recent studies have shown that there are a lot of calming teas that can help settle a worried or anxious mind.  In particular chamomile tea has been around for centuries and is well-known as a remedy for anxiety and insomnia.