Patient Name : ANXIETY


Patient Name : ANXIETY 

Are you or a friend currently prescribed Xanax, Xanax XR, Niravam, Alprazolam ... suffer from anxiety and panic disorders ?  Rest assure you are not alone as this is a organic suffering that we all go through in life and as I always say, "there is no chemical solution for an organic problem".  

Xanax, Xanax XR, Niravam, Alprazolam or any other benzodiazepine drug family, the same family that includes diazepam (Valium), clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), flurazepam (Dalmane) and others. They come in a liquid, tablet, dissolving tablet, and long acting tablet, prescribed by physicians to treat anxiety and panic disorder. 

Now the effects ...

Side effects : can cause paranoid or suicidal ideation and impair memory, judgement, and coordination.  Combining with other substances, particularly alcohol, can slow breathing and possibly lead to death. 

Side Effects On The Liver : changes in the liver enzymes including abnormally high levels of bilirubin and liver enzymes.  Enzymes are a type of protein used by cells to speed up the time of reaction. An increase in the liver enzymes, which can happen by taking Xanax, usually means the liver cells have been injured, especially if the levels are higher than 1,000 U/L, for the normal range is 7 to 40 U/L. (U/L = units per liter) *If you have been on Xanax for a long period of time, check with your doctor on your levels range. 


Common Side Effects :

Drowsiness
Tiredness
Dizziness
Sleep Problems (insomnia) 
Memory Problems
Poor balance and coordination
Slurred speech
Trouble concentrating
Irritability
Diarrhea 
Constipation
Increased sweating
Headache
Vomiting
Upset stomach
Blurred Vision
Appetite or weight changes 
Swelling in your hands or feet
Muscle weakness
Dry mouth
Stuffy nose
Loss of interest in sex 



Alcohol : Avoid.  Very serious interactions occur. 

Drugs : may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, other sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), birth control pills, cimetidine, cyclosporine, dexamethasone, ergotamine, imatinib, isoniazid, herbs such as St. John's wort, antibiotics, antifungals, antidepressants, barbiturates, heart or blood pressure medications, HIV/AIDS medicines, seizure medications. *tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. 

Drug Class : Benzodiazepine *Benzodiazepine, such as Xanax, can cause fetal abnormalities and should not be used in pregnancy or in nursing mothers.  Xanax is excreted in human milk and can affect nursing infants. 

This is not a complete list of side effects that may occur.  Call you doctor for medical advice about side effects. Report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. 



CANNABIS AND DEPRESSION 

When it comes to cannabis-indica, cannabis-sativa, or the blends of the genetics you need to instead of paying attention to the strain types and names, but rather pay attention to their compounds.  The different compounds in each strain of cannabis can aid in a variety of different ailments.  Make sure to look for the lab test and levels of the compounds when choosing a strain that's right for you. 



Chart Provided By Curio Wellness in Maryland 


A Happy Fact about CBC :

A non-psychoactive compound with anti-anxiety effects shown to be ten times more powerful than those of CBD.


DIET FIGHTS ANXIETY 

I personally believe that the shift in the Western diet to processed foods and away from natural foods with the necessary omega-3 fatty acids over the last century has led to the rise in psychiatric disorders in that time. In saying that to go along with 'Green Science' is the amazing thing that FOOD IS INCLUDED !  "You Are What You Eat" cannot be a truer statement.  The natural food we consume is loaded with exactly the compounds our bodies feed off of to combat issues of the human mind and body. If you are looking for #PlantsNotPills solution to your conditions, I have listed below a few different produce to pay extra attention to on your next trip to the market. *WARNING : Processed Food NOT Included. 

Foods That Help With Anxiety, Depression and Panic Attacks

Avocados
Its oleic acid gives you gives you brain power. Avocados contain healthy fat that your brain needs in order to run smoothly. Three fourths of the calories of an avocado also contains 4 grams of protein, higher than other fruits, and is filled with vitamin K, vitamin B9, B6, B5, vitamin C, and vitamin E12.  Low in sugar and high in dietary fiber.  

Dark Leafy Greens
Spinach, kale, swiss chard. - these foods have powerful immune-boosting and anticancer effects. Leafy greens fight against inflammation, according to this March 2015 study, severe depression has been linked to brain inflammation.  Leafy greens are especially important because they contain vitamins A, C, E, and K, minerals, and phytochemicals.

Mushrooms
Helps to lower blood sugar.  Mushrooms chemical properties oppose insulin, which helps lower blood sugar levels, evening out your mood.  They are also like a probiotic as that they promote healthy gut bacteria.  The nerve cells in our guts manufacture 80-90% of our body's serotonin, the critical neurotransmitter that keeps us sane. 

+ "Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are naturally found in the intestinal flora or the microorganisms living in the lining of your gut.  They are known as "good bacteria" because they keep your gut healthy. These microorganisms work with the gut in a way of decreasing the amount of "bad" bacteria , replenishing the "good" bacteria, restoring a favorable bacterial balance, stimulating the immune system. *FDA doesn't approve of any health claims for probiotics." - Wikipedia Definition Quoted

Its been claimed that probiotics can help treat a wide range of ailments: 

- treat gastrointestinal problems including diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome(IBS) ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease. 

- prevent tooth decay or treat oral health problems

- improve brain function

- lower cholestrol 

- prevent allergies

- protect against bacterial infection

- lower blood pressure 

- prevent urinary tract infection (UTI)

- prevent yeast infection

- improve psoriasis or eczema symptoms

- help chronic fatigue syndrome

Foods with Probiotics : yogurt, juices, aged cheese, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, kimchi, soy drinks, pickles. 


Berries
Full of cell-repairing antioxidants.  Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are some of the highest antioxidant foods available to us.  Antioxidants are like DNA repairmen, they go around fixing your cells and preventing them from getting cancer and other illnesses.  I try to have this variety every day for breakfast or in a Berry Cilantro Salad for lunch. 

Walnuts
Also rich in mood-boosting Omega-3 Fatty Acids. There are numerous studies that have demonstrated how omega-3 fatty acids support brain function and reduce depression symptoms.


Onions
Onions and all allium vegetables (garlic, chives, shallots, and spring onions) have been associated with a decreased risk of several cancers.  Onions also contain high concentrations of anti-inflammatory flavonoid antioxidants that contribute to their anti-cancer properties. I eat onions every day ! 

Apples
"an apple a day, keeps the doctor away" - also meaning the psychiatrist.  Like berries, apples are high in antioxidants, which can help to prevent and repair oxidation damage and inflammation on the cellular level. Apples are full of soluble fiber, which balances blood sugar swings.  Great snack to add too your daily routine is sliced apples and almond butter. - Delicious ! 

Beans
Can act as anti-diabetes and weight-loss foods.  They are good for the mood because our bodies digest them slowly, which stabilizes blood sugar levels.  Any foods that assists in evening out your blood sugar levels are you friends. Also adding beans to your diet will help mitigate your cravings for bread and other processed grains. 

Seeds
Full of Omega-3s.  Hemp seeds, flaxseeds, and chia seeds are especially good for your mood because they are rich in mega-3 fatty acids.  Also the fat in seeds increases the absorption of protective nutrients in vegetables eaten at the same meal, so be sure to add seeds for your daily needs. (: 
*Also known to help reduce arthritis inflammation. 

Tomatoes
There are many studies that show an elevated incidence of folate deficiency in patients with depression.  In this study, about one-third of depression patients were deficient in folate. Tomatoes contain lots of folic acid and alpha-lipoid aid, both of which are good for fighting depression. Folic acid can prevent excess of homocysteine - which restricts the production for important neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine - from forming in the body.  Alpha-lipoc acid helps the body convert glucose into energy, therefore is a mood stabilizer.


What really helps for overall wellness : 

+ Eat a balanced diet with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables. 
+ Eat more fresh foods and zero processed foods.
+ Make sure the calories you consume provide as much nutrition as possible (that means no junk).
+Maintain a healthy weight.

Diets high in fiber and rich in raw fruits, vegetables, legumes, and lean proteins are your best bet for feeling good- Get Healthy, Got Happy! 



This concludes "Plants NOT Pills Patient Name: Anxiety".  If this article was informative, please #share to your page or to a loved one.  
Stay Healthy, Stay Happy !

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Thank you for reading, I love you - Edible Dee



Please check these sources and see how far the rabbit hole goes... SOURCES : 
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https://www.unitypoint.org/livewell/article.aspx?id=61db72da-dc22-48ef-8eed-f193eb69493f
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/food-and-nutrition/faq-20057918
https://www.everydayhealth.com/probiotics/guide/
https://www.rxlist.com/xanax-side-effects-drug-center.htm
https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/data_statistics/arthritis-related-stats.htm
https://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/therese-borchard-sanity-break/foods-eat-every-day-beat-depression/