What happens to the body when suffering from anxiety and or stress?

A panic attack is an instance when the body’s natural “fight or flight” reaction occurs at the wrong time. This is a complex involuntary physiological response in which the body prepares to deal with an emergency situation. Stress causes the body to produce more adrenal hormones, especially adrenaline. The increased production of adrenaline causes the body to step up the metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to quickly produce energy for the body to use.

In addition, the muscles tense, while heartbeat and breathing become more rapid. Even the composition of blood changes, making it more prone to clotting. In the face of threat such as an assault, accident, or a natural disaster, this type of reaction is perfectly normal and helpful for survival. 

Here are a few all natural suggestions, many of which I use in my home. 

  • Magnesium (one of the most powerful nutrients one can take) helps relieve anxiety, tension, nervousness, and muscular spasms. 
  • Vitamin B complex helps maintain normal nervous system function, helps reduce anxiety, and has a calming effect on the nerves.
  • Vitamin E helps transport oxygen to the brain.
  • Zinc can have a calming effect on the central nervous system.
  • Fennel helps relieve GI issues stemming from anxiety. by reducing abdominal tension, and relaxing the large intestine. I suggest using Young Livings essential oil. 
  • Catnip, Chamomile, Cramp Bark, Hops, Kava Kava, and Passionflower promote relaxation and aid in preventing panic attacks. 
  • Lemon Balm, a favorite of mine, is a mild sedative known since 1607 as a tonic remedy that raises the spirits and comforts the heart.