Anxiety is not something new but could be the most frequent emotional problem in today’s world. Many underestimate the severity of anxiety, seeing it as capricious behaviour. But this is quite an unfair judgement! Anxiety disorders cause psychic tension, panic, worry, agitation and fear. These are sometimes so severe that they cause deep suffering and disrupt normal life.
For the most part, anxiety (Lat. Anxietas) occurs due to stress, but some people have a congenital brain disorder that produces anxiety without external stimuli.
Anxiety cannot be eliminated by decision, willpower, or self-esteem
If you seek for help from conventional medicine, benzodiazepine class medications are the fastest-acting drugs, but they have unpleasant side effects, causing some patients to become addicted.
Keto and Ketone bodies can reduce anxiety
Ketogenic diet metabolism is more actively producing the conversion of glutamate to GABA. GABA is a chemical carrier that is broadly distributed in our brains. GABA’s general function is to reduce the activity of the neurons to which it binds. Our neurons are especially active in the presence of glutamate. GABA causes a slight change in brain chemistry. It helps sharpen the brain by decreasing the excess firing of neurons. It significantly reduces epileptic seizures but also reduces stress and anxiety.
Overeating carbs and sugar for years is a factor that increases anxiety by destroying our gut bacteria balance. The gut microflora has a straight channel of communication to our brain. They make an increase or decrease in neurotransmitters (including GABA and glutamate) that determine our anxiety level. According to studies, beta-hydroxybutyrate (Ketone body) helps manage stress-related mood disorders. This is also decreasing brain inflammation. Insulin resistance in brain cells is additionally connected to risen anxiety levels.
As we know, Keto diet is highly efficient at reversing insulin resistance!
Greek Goes Keto prefers natural remedies
As you know, we don’t even support industrial supplements and pharmaceutic products as the first choice. We recommend trying to find a solution by utilising healthy food choices. In particular, we promote KMD and herbal remedies. If you are following us on social media, then you know that we are not fans of pharmaceutical products as the first choice. If you agree with us, you may be more inclined to take natural anti-anxiety treatments. Here are a few potent herbs that proved to be great remedies for anxiety and panic attack disorders.
Valeriana – a symbol of herbal remedy for anxiety
A plant called Valeriana (Lat. Valeriana officinalis) is a widespread and harmless nerve tranquilizer that can be obtained from pharmacies. The name valerian is derived from the Latin word “valere“, which means “to be strong and healthy”. From the medical point of view, the root is most interesting, as the source of medicinal substances – valeric and caffeic acid. As it dries, it spreads a distinctive and penetrating scent.
Valeriana is a reliable and effective sedative that treats anxiety, panic attacks and sleep disorders. In addition, it calms the heart, relaxes the muscles and has a beneficial effect on the digestive system. In the past, it was taken in the form of a tincture but ideally, you will take it as a tea or powder. The fresh root extract contains nutrients that nourish the nervous system and help with relaxation. It is important to follow the recommended doses, as overdoses could have a stimulating effect. 2 cups of Valeriana tea are more than enough.
Passiflora, the serenity herb
Passiflora is another well-tolerated and effective medicinal herb that brings serenity and leads to healthy sleep. It originates from northern Mexico to southern Brazil and northern Argentina. Like valerian, passiflora alleviates anxiety and panic attacks and related insomnia, indigestion and muscle tension.
It was first medically studied 100 years ago when it was assumed to have analgesic properties and to prevent insomnia. The dormant effect in periods of stress and tension was first demonstrated in the 1920s. Its popularity is greater in Europe than in America and is most commonly applied in the UK.
For medicinal preparations, different parts of the plant are used – flowers, leaves and root. When harvested and air-dried, it can be used as tea, tincture or liquid extract. European pharmacology recommends Passiflora preparations containing at least 0.8 percent of flavonoids, ingredients with a calming effect. In herbal mixtures, it is often combined with Valeriana, lemongrass and other herbs of sedative properties.
Kava Kava The opposite of coffee
Kava-kava (Lat. Piper methysticum) is new to the western world but it has been known in the Pacific Islands for centuries. Kava-Kava is not related to coffee. It is something completely different in origin, appearance, taste and effects, counteracting the stimulating effects of coffee. For centuries, the natives of the island have used the plant for religious, social and therapeutic purposes, most often to lift their spirits and counteract pain.
The work of this plant was discovered by Westerners in 1768, thanks to the testimony of the seafarer and explorer James Cook. He reported about the plant that the Pacific natives take to become more cheerful and sociable. The first chemical analyses of the ingredients were made in 1860, but the production of the standardised extract from its root began only in 1990. The active ingredients from the kava-kava root, kavalactones, act on the central nervous system to relax, calm and bring mental well-being. However, at the recommended doses, they do not sedate but stimulate intellectual activity.
Perforate St John’s-wort
St John’s wort or (Lat. Hypericum perforatum) is a powerful natural remedy known to the Mediterraneans from ancient times. This scientific review says that the St. John’s wort extracts tested in the experiments were superior to placebo, similarly effective as pharmaceutical antidepressants, and had fewer side effects! You can take dried flowers or leaves as tea or a component in the herbal tea mixture. However, it works better in higher concentrations, so maybe consider tincture or extract.
St. John’s wort is believed to work by balancing the neurotransmitters used by the brain. This can have an antidepressant and general feel-good outcome. As a result, a person can experience a reduced number of anxiety episodes.
Hemp oil (CBD extract)
One of the natural herbal treatments that lately got a lot of recognition and positive feedback from users is Cannabidiol or CBD. This is the active component of Cannabis sativa L. It’s important to point out that CBD has no psychoactive impact on the brain like the other compound of this plant known as THC. CBD oil serves as a medicine to combat the negative effects of chemotherapy, arthritis, headaches and many other health issues. It is also generally used by athletes as a natural muscle and joint pain reliever. CBD oil showed powerful effects on body recovery after heavy training or injuries.
How does the CBD oil act?
TRPV-1 receptor – regulates the temperature, sensation of pain and inflammation.
5 – HT1A receptor for serotonin – regulates emotions, sleep, hunger, anxiety, pain and has an antidepressant effect.
CPR55 signalling block – These reactions are involved in the regulation of bone density and blood pressure. Also, they affect the proliferation of tumour cells while CBD blocks their spread. The activation of adenosine receptors involved in the release of dopamine and glutamate is regulating the movements, memory processes and motivation.
The concentration of CBD oil is important. It is usually measured in milligrammes (mg). Your weight usually indicates how much – or how little – CBD influences your body. Heavier persons require greater doses to encounter the calming effect of CBD; on the other side, lighter persons can feel identical results with a moderate dosage.