Nearly 1.6 percent of American adults suffer symptoms that range from mild anxiety to full-blown panic attacks caused by a form of anxiety.

Anxiety-related symptoms send millions of Americans to doctors’ offices or emergency rooms each year. Anxiety tends to develop as a result of emotional or physical stress, whether it be from a childhood trauma,divorce, financial problems, unrelenting relationship problems, or job pressure. Some anxiety conditions seem to be hereditary in nature, running in families. Anxiety disorders affect twice as many women as men.

Anxiety and panic attacks can be a sign of undiagnosed thyroid disease,especially Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Make sure to have your thyroid antibodies checked along with your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels.

Anxiety, which is a combination of physical and emotional conditions that mirror the flight-or-fight response, can be acute, producing panic attacks, or chronic, producing symptoms that make life difficult. Anxiety conditions not properly treated can pave the way for high blood pressure,heart attacks, low immunity, and cancer.

Symptoms include fear, irritability, insomnia, high blood pressure, head and neck aches, stiff and tight muscles, dizziness, loss of appetite, stomach problems, constipation, ulcer, colitis, rapid heartbeat, and shallow breathing.

Dietary considerations
Avoid sugar, caffeine, and alcohol; these tax your adrenal glands. Feed your adrenal glands with beans, nuts, whole grains, and royal jelly. To protect your nerves, add to your diet foods rich in magnesium, like kelp,soy foods, wheat germ, bran, and nuts. Add foods rich in vitamin C, such as cherries, broccoli, peppers, and green leafy vegetables. Add foods rich in calcium, such as almonds, sesame seeds, soy foods, and low-fat dairy products.

Supplement support for anxiety
Vitamin, herb, and mineral therapy will calm, rebuild, and rebalance body chemistry and boost adrenal glands.

The following supplements can help:
• GABA: daily and during an attack, 750 mg as needed; acts as a natural tranquilizer (always take with vitamin B 6 )
• 5-HTP: 50 mg
• Magnesium: 400 mg at bedtime
• Passionflower extract
• Adrenal glandular supplement
• Vitamin B complex
• Ashwagandha
• Rhodiola
• SAM-e
• Valerian extract
• L-theanine (derived from green tea)

Lifestyle choices
• Massage
• Deep-breathing exercises
• Walking or other forms of exercise