Low levels of magnesium are often found in people suffering from anxiety. Magnesium not only relaxes your mind but also your muscles. Signs of deficiency can include muscle aches and spasms, anxiety, insomnia, jiitters, jumpiness, irritability, fatigue and weak teeth and nails.
You can get magnesium from dark leafy greens, all produce, and seeds and nuts, but if you find you still are anxious, try supplementing with an additional 300-500 mg of magnesium a day.
Another nutrient deficiency that anxious people tend to share is B3, B6, folic acid and B12. These are especially important nutrients for production of dopamin, seratonin and adrenalin - without which you'd feel crazy - and for the process of methylation which is how the brain keeps everything in balance.
Best sources of B-vitamins come from all animal-based foods, nuts and seeds and especially nutritional yeast... but unless your stomach is functioning properly, you could be deficient. It's not a bad idea to take a B-vitamin supplement daily and since its water-soluble, you excrete what you don't need.
Lastly, a rarely discussed problem that can contribute to anxiety is a copper-histamine imbalance but its relevant today due to the extensive use of the birth control pill and copper plumbing.
It has been found that people who suffer extreme anxiety in the form of intense fear, phobias or paranoia have high copper levels.... which suppresses histamine production. This is key because histamine is a required for stomach acid production and without sufficient stomach acid, there will be digestive problems galore!
I hope that you find something here to try that grabs your attention. Do you already take a specific food or nutrient that you've found to help lower your anxiety? I'd love to hear about it.
Here's a <hug> and an <elbow bump> for you, from me. May you find some peace today!
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