Reader’s Question: I have been struggling with anxiety for years. Sometimes it gets better for a little while, but it always seems to come back. I’ve tried a couple different types of antidepressants, but they only helped a little. Is there anything else I can try?
Dr. Glenn Rothfeld: Anxiety is one of those problems that can put a real damper on your life. Attacks can come on suddenly and seemingly without reason — and they can have an almost paralyzing effect.
The good news is that there are plenty of tools in the alternative doctor’s arsenal that can help soothe anxiety and hopefully make the flare-ups less frequent.
Magnesium is always a good place to start, as it’s been proven to have a calming effect on the nervous system. L-theanine is a natural herbal remedy that can also help you relax — and its effects are noticeable pretty quickly.
Another natural remedy that is worth trying is a simple probiotic. There’s actually a direct link between our gut health and how we think and feel.
In one UCLA study, researchers found measurable changes in the brains of women just four weeks after starting probiotics. These are the types of changes that can improve mood, reduce anxiety, and even relieve depression.
In fact, researchers exposed women to situations designed to make them feel uncomfortable — and those taking probiotics reported significantly less anxiety.
Finally, don’t rule out tried-and-true strategies like talk therapy and mindfulness-based meditation. You can actually pick up a lot of basic meditation techniques for free online.
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