Unmasking the Culprits Behind Anxiety and PTSD: Your Roadmap to Relief!Jan 06, 2024
Hey there, fellow travelers on the winding path of life! 🌟 The journey through anxiety and PTSD can be like navigating a complex maze, full of unexpected twists and turns. But fear not, we're here to shed some light on the mysteries that often fuel these challenges, and we'll make it a fun and informative ride! 🎢
1. Caught in a PTSD and Anxiety Thought Loop!
Ever feel like you're stuck in a never-ending loop of anxious thoughts? You're not alone! These mental merry-go-rounds can be the result of a few factors:
First off, traumatic events can actually leave a mark on our brains, like a sled trail in fresh snow. When our brains are low on glucose during these events, they can overheat and burn neurons, creating a neural pathway that becomes our "default" setting.
But here's the good news! We can rewire this default setting by recognizing it. Catching those anxious thoughts in action is the first step. Replace them with thoughts that ground you in the present moment. "Am I in danger right now?" Chances are, you're not. It is important to do a pattern interrupt. Move your body. Do a little dance. Focus on what's good: a roof over your head, fresh air, nourishing food, and maybe even a singing bird. Find one thing you are grateful for in the moment.
After swapping old thoughts for new ones enough times, the new ones become the default. Over time, the old thought gets pruned out of your brain like an overgrown tree branch! 🌳
2. Pathogens Inflaming the Nervous System
Viruses, those sneaky little troublemakers, can exacerbate anxiety. Epstein Barr and Shingles love to inflame the central nervous system. Chronic stress or trauma can compromise the myelin sheath around nerves, giving viruses easy access. But fear not, you can fight back with your fork! 🍴
Cut out eggs, gluten, dairy, corn, soy, canola oil, and pork from your diet – these are the virus' fave foods. Starve them out and watch them shrink! Meanwhile, nourish your nerves and immune system with fruits, veggies, herbs and wild foods. Think celery juice, wild blueberries, and more. Your nerves will thank you!
3. Heavy Metals in the Body
Not to be outdone, heavy metals can add fuel to the anxiety fire. Mercury and aluminum, those pesky metals, can mess with nerve signals and even make your brain misread danger signals, causing anxiety. The metals can be sitting on a nerve pathway and cause it to divert to a different nerve pathway. That can lead to a scattered feeling or one that feels overwhelming. The metals also fuel the pathogens in the body to be even more toxic to our nervous system.
Kick these invaders to the curb with foods like celery juice, and the Medical Medium, heavy metal detox smoothie. I will post the recipe below.
4. Anxiety and the Adrenal Glands
Your adrenal glands play a starring role in the anxiety drama. When they're overworked from stress, they can start misfiring, pumping out adrenaline unnecessarily. Excess adrenaline can make you feel extra anxious. Over time, the adrenal glands when fatigued, pump too much adrenaline on a regular basis. The adrenaline is toxic for the nerves and the brain. The adrenaline can damage the myelin sheath on the nerves, damage neurons and neurotransmitters and increase anxiety. In addition, the adrenaline also damages the immune system. When that happens, the pathogens also get an upper hand, causing a chain reaction which results in more anxiety.
5. Stress, Caffeine, Alcohol, MSG
Stress, caffeine, and alcohol? They're all VIPs at the adrenal fatigue party. Consider giving them the boot, at least temporarily, to give your adrenal glands a breather.
Reducing or better yet eliminating caffeine and alcohol give your adrenal glands and your liver to repair and resume normal functioning.
MSG, the sneaky seasoning, inflames your brain and messes with neurons. Did you know that deposits of MSG can get lodged in the brain, causing not only anxiety, but also brain fog, headaches and other cognitive issues. It is a sneaky one because the food labeling rules in the US have allowed food manufacturers to calll MSG by other names on the label. It can appear as natural flavors, artificial flavors or really any flavoring listed. Ideally, you want to avoid all of these!
Mindfulness as Your Superpower
Now that we've uncovered the culprits, let's talk solutions:
- Meditation: Just a few minutes a day can work wonders for reducing anxiety. Try it in the morning, during that afternoon slump, or before bedtime.
- Breathing Exercises: Master the "box breath" to manually bring anxiety down – inhale, hold, exhale, hold, each for a count of 3.
- Nature Therapy: A walk outdoors or a quick barefoot connection with Mother Earth can work wonders for your nervous system.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): Tapping into meridian points can help reduce anxiety and negative emotions.
- Self-Care: Prioritize it! Rest, nurture yourself, and let your body heal.
- Compassion: Be kind to yourself when anxiety strikes. Acknowledge that it's just a passing cloud.
Looking back, you'll find that even your most anxious moments are like fleeting snowflakes in the grand winter landscape of life. They melt away, leaving behind a clearer path. Embrace the journey, and may it lead you to calmer, sunnier days ahead! 🌞✨
Blessings and peace on your path, dear friends! 🙏❤️
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