New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. Provides Tips On How To Identify Nutritional Deficiencies Associated With Anxiety Symptoms

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Deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals can masquerade as anxiety or exacerbate symptoms in those who already have anxiety.

As with any medical condition, open dialogue with your physician and exploring ways to get to the root causes for the symptoms being experienced is optimal. Talk to your physician about having blood work completed to rule out nutritional deficiencies.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. affecting 40 million adults in the United States. (1) In addition to making the decision to start taking anti-anxiety medication it is important to explore if nutritional deficiencies are a contributing factor.

Diana Sourek, MS, CNC, Certified Gluten Practitioner, and manager, New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. explained that that when the body is deficient in key minerals, such as magnesium or essential B Vitamins, it will exhibit signs that mirror classic anxiety symptoms. Mr. Sourek added, “When someone is deficient in magnesium, they will often experience insomnia, agitation, irritability, vomiting and even shortness of breath. These are the some of the same symptoms a person may experience if they suffer with anxiety.”

New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. identifies some come nutritional deficiencies that can masquerade as anxiety symptoms:

B Vitamins: B vitamins play an important role in proper functioning of amino acids and nerves, and in regulating mood. Lack of Vitamin B can lead to sugar cravings, insomnia and mood changes. They also play an important role in adrenal function. (2)

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP): 5-HTP works in the brain and central nervous system by increasing the production of the chemical serotonin. Serotonin can affect sleep, appetite, temperature, sexual behavior, and pain sensation. Low levels of serotonin can cause anxiety. Available in capsule form, 5 -HTP can help boost levels of serotonin, which can promote sleep and lift mood.

Magnesium: Clinical studies have supported that people with magnesium depletion experience anxiety. Magnesium is involved in more than 300 essential metabolic reactions and is essential for nerve health. (2) Magnesium has a relaxing affect on the body. It is also beneficial in helping to reduce anxiety, nervousness, fear, restlessness and irritability. Magnesium is available in capsules, powders, liquids and sprays. Epsom salts baths can help relax the body and mind, and serve as an additional method for getting magnesium into the body. For additional relaxation, try adding essential oils, such as lavender oil, which carry aromatherapy benefits.

Calcium: Calcium is necessary for our bodies to function properly. Because calcium is needed for healthy brain function, calcium deficiency can lead to anxiety and moodiness. The electrical pulses within the nervous system depend on calcium to perform properly. When a calcium deficiency compromises the nervous system, the chances of irregular moods and anxiety attacks increase significantly. Low blood calcium can result in muscle cramping, lethargy, shaking, numb fingers and toes with tingling, and heart palpitations, which are symptoms associated with anxiety. There are a number of excellent calcium supplements available. As the body ages, it naturally does not produce enough calcium on its own. It is also important to note that Vitamin D helps to maintain calcium levels by aiding with calcium absorption, and assists with muscle control and nervous system regulation.

Potassium: There is a correlation between potassium deficiency and anxiety, irritability, anger, and depression. Lack of potassium may also play a role in insomnia, constipation, and too much acidity in the body. (4) There are many factors that can affect the imbalance and deficiency of potassium in the body. These include diet, sodium/potassium ratio in the body, stress, excessive consumption of licorice, and several medications.

Ms. Sourek added, “As with any medical condition, open dialogue with your physician and exploring ways to get to the root causes for the symptoms being experienced is optimal. Talk to your physician about having blood work completed to rule out nutritional deficiencies. Explore if having a thyroid and/or adrenal insufficiency profile completed can yield additional direction for the best path for treatment.”

If it determined that nutritional deficiencies are a contributing factor, the knowledgeable staff at New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. can assist in selecting the correct supplement to ensure proper absorption and consumption levels. Additionally, they can recommend supplements such as L-theanine and herbal remedies that have proven to be beneficial in addressing anxiety symptoms.

New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. recommends talking to your health care provider before starting any new nutritional supplement regime. It is important that current prescription medications are not stopped unless directed by your physician.

About New Vitality Health Foods, Inc.:
Established in 1988, New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. provides Chicagolands’ largest selection of allergy-free foods that have met their high standards for taste, quality, and nutrition. New allergy-free foods are introduced weekly. They also carry frozen foods, vitamins, herbs, homeopathic, aromatherapy, body care, pet care, household items and much more. New Vitality features only the highest quality, effective nutritional supplements to support their customers’ total health. New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. is located at Orland Park Crossing, 14225 S. 95th Avenue Suite 410, Orland Park IL, 60462. (708) 403-0120


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