While yoga is often hailed for the physical benefits of the practice (increased fitness, improved flexibility, better digestion, clear skin, muscle building – we could go on all day!), many people do not realise the power that it has in regards to mental health.
The shaky knees and thudding heart, the shortness of breath, and the mind going a million miles per minute. We’ve all felt like that before but everyone has different experiences and levels of anxiety. Anxiety isn’t developed or caused by a single factor but a combination of things. There are a lot of grey areas and unknown causes that play a role in an anxiety condition– it can be a big issue if you or anyone you know experiences it.
The question lies in the why, what and how. These are some symptoms and signs of anxiety in women:
- Excessive worry
- Sudden overwhelming fear
- Feeling nervous
- Shortness of breath
- Sense of choking
- A detached feeling
- Fear of dying
- Feeling powerless
- Numbness or tingling in the limbs or entire body
- Chills or sweating
- A sense of impending doom or feeling like something bad is going to happen
- Chest pain
- Difficulty concentrating on things that are worries
Research explains why women are more prone to panic attacks and anxiety
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that acts as a messenger to transmit signals within the brain. Low serotonin levels are well-recognized by the medical community as a primary cause of panic attacks, depression and other signs of anxiety in women. And, women are much more likely to suffer from serotonin deficiency than men. But why?
Low serotonin levels in women likely are the result of their more sensitive and intense responses to stress (adrenal fatigue) as well as their higher rates of thyroid problems. There is also some evidence that female hormones interact with serotonin to cause anxiety symptoms to occur or worsen during the premenstrual time, during the postpartum period, and around the time of menopause.
In short, the study results indicate that men and women use serotonin differently. That is, in general, women are highly susceptible to decreases in this neurotransmitter and demonstrate multiple symptoms. When men, however, experience a decrease in serotonin, it often does not translate to depression and anxiety.
Natural Remedies for Panic Attacks and Anxiety No. 2: B Vitamins
The B vitamin deficiencies most often linked to panic attacks, anxiety and depression are B6, B9, and B12. Food sources of these B vitamins include:
- B12: Wild salmon, halibut and shrimp, grass-fed beef (especially beef liver), lamb, venison, eggs and yogurt.
- B6 (Pyridoxine): Chicken, turkey, tuna, shrimp, beef liver, cheese, beans, spinach, carrots, brown rice and sunflower seeds.
- B9 (Folic Acid): Spinach and other green, leafy vegetables, asparagus, turnips, beets, Brussels sprouts, avocadoes, beans, beef liver, salmon, and orange juice.
By using these natural remedies for panic attacks and anxiety, you can treat the underlying root cause of these mood disorders and get lasting relief.