You might be suffering from vitamin B and C deficiency. Try a couple of B vitamin complex stress formula tablets every morning with breakfast, or one at breakfast and the other with lunch or supper. Also try 2 to 3, 1000 mg of vitamin C, one at each meal works good.
If it is a vitamin deficiency, you will see a difference within days or at most a week or two. It resolved my anxiety problems completely.
Also avoid a high carb diet. A high carb diet will deplete you of these important vitamins.
The reason to post here is for nutritional advice. And yes, there are many things you can do. And yes, you could be deficient or overloaded with specific vitamins or minerals. To determine that, you will have to experiment. I suggest you use Celtic Sea salt and the citrate forms of magnesium, potassium, and calcium. And unless you get a lot of sun, take vitamin D supplements. Copper in small amounts make sense too.
However, the most important thing is to avoid the highly saturated oils: safflower, sunflower, canola, fish, flax, corn, vegetable, soy, walnut, etc. Olive oil would be good, except most people cannot verify the quality of it, so stick with coconut oil or butter. Eat a little plain yogurt with each meal. Only boil meat and eggs. Eat whole milk, non-homogenized dairy, but do not cook it. Eat a little dark chocolate each day, as well as fruit. Drink white tea, lightly roasted coffee, seltzer/club soda, and/or a little tropical fruit juice. Stay away from additives.
A lot of dairy has carrageenan, locust bean, guar, etc. Do not buy those items. Make your own food if you can. I eat some plain French baguette bread once in a while, for example, because it does not contain unsaturated fat, as most breads do these days. Boiled shellfish and cheese are good protein sources (and other whole milk dairy), but don't eat too much pork, chicken, beef, or turkey - even if you boil it, as I suggest. You should see results in two weeks, and in two months you should be doing very well. It will take two years to clear the arachidonic acid out, then you won't have to worry too much about "chronic disease." If you want to know more, search this newsgroup for monogram and read my previous posts. You can always start a new post or contact me if you need further assistance. I do not charge and there is no obligation. I am bringing the insights of biochemist Ray Peat, Bruce Fife, Lita Lee, and the many other scientists/doctors/experts who look beyond the slogans and myths, and instead focus on the scientific evidence, as you will discover if you read some of my previous posts.
I have hard time coping with changes in life, anxiety about future and rough times. Once I get to that point I feel like short in breathing, helpless and when I want to calm myself it gets worse.
Seriously speaking, in both the wellness movement and natural health there is basically only one disease. And, no matter what the complaint is the treatment is basically the same: Diet and Exercise. Exercise always being more important than diet.
The problem is, if there is one, that most people are too lazy or impatient to get off their arses long enough to workout regularly and wait long enough for the cure of eating naturally to work. People are too numb from the stresses of modern life, to even recognize what life is when they experience it for the first time. :(
Too impatient to wade through a web site of 100+ pages that answers your question in detail? Well perhaps if you thought enough of yourself to offer money to somebody like a personal trainer then they might spend some time on your unique problems? Of course in the end, nothing about your problem is unique. Nor, is the solution to your problems unique. The problem is basically, YOU.
"Given the many behavioral effects of CRH, it is not surprising that fatigue, dysthymia, irritability, and even frank depression are frequent in many of these low-CRH states."
This should be easier to understand:
"The research team found that, on average, levels of the hormone cortisol were lower in the blood and urine of the 30 CFS patients studied than in 72 healthy volunteers. Cortisol is secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress. It has long been known that even a subtle deficiency of cortisol can be associated with lethargy and fatigue.
Normally, when the body responds to a stressor - whether to a virus or bacterium, an environmental toxin, or a psychological event - a complex series of events occurs in the endocrine (hormone) system. The hypothalamus, a small area at the base of the brain, first secretes a brain chemical called corticotropin releasing hormone(CRH), which
activates the pituitary gland to secrete adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH).
ACTH, in turn, stimulates the adrenal gland to produce cortisol. This hormonal circuit was examined in the 18 women and 12 men with CFS in the study, all of whom met the criteria for CFS established by the Centers for Disease control. None of the patients was allowed to use drugs, alcohol, tobacco or caffeine for 2 weeks before the study began in
order not to compromise the results. All underwent a series of clinical tests involving administration of small doses of CRH and ACTH. The levels of several hormones were subsequently analyzed in blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid samples taken from the patients.
Based on their findings, the investigators concluded that the cortisol deficiency seen in patients with CFS resulted from a CRH deficiency.
In addition to controlling ACTH and cortisol secretion, CRH helps to increase energy levels through its direct effect on the brain. Thus, two hormonal abnormalities - a CRH deficiency and the resultant cortisol deficiency - could each contribute to the overall symptoms and course of CFS, according to the researchers.
The endocrine deficiency found in the study patients also offers a possible explanation for the depressive symptoms that may accompany CFS. Although the hormone profile of the CFS patients studied is the opposite of what is seen in "classic"melancholic depression, low CRH levels have been seen in patients with other depressive syndromes.
These syndromes include some traditionally characterized as psychological disorders, such as specific subtypes of major depression, as well as depressive syndromes associated with Cushing's disease and hypothyroidism. Finding a common central nervous system defect in these illnesses underscores the fact that these depressive syndromes are all
fundamentally physical illnesses caused by a biochemical imbalance, according to the researchers. The investigators suggest that insufficient stimulation of certain parts of the brain by cortisol or CRH could account for the lethargy and increased need for sleep seen in CFS. Further studies are in progress to determine which contributes most significantly to the fatigue in patients with CFS - the CRH deficiency or the cortisol deficiency alone, or the two deficiencies together."
The idea of stress in relation to human health is often described as an unpleasant mental or emotional experience, as when people say they are “stressed out.” This expression relates primarily to the idea of prolonged or sudden and intense stress, which can have unpleasant effects on the body, impairing the ability to function, and even harming health. However, the biological concept of stress is much more broadly defined as any challenge (physical or psychological) that requires an organism to adapt in a healthy manner. In other words, responses to stress can sometimes be of benefit when the organism is strengthened by the experience.
The following nutritional components may be beneficial. The Vitamin B Complex 50 is made up of several vitamins that work well together to support nervous system health and the immune system, and may counteract fatigue. Calcium and Magnesium can relieve muscle tension and are important in cardiac processes. Siberian Ginseng is traditionally used as a general health tonic and is though to help the body adapt to changes in environment. L-Tyrosine is an amino acid used by the body to produce certain adrenal stress hormones and chemical messengers in the nervous system. Deficiencies of Omega - 3 Fatty Acids may contribute to symptoms associated with unhealthy responses to stress. A Complete Multivitamin Mix is especially important during time of stress, because stress may lead to extra loss of antioxidants and essential nutrients.
If you are concerned or unsure about your symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider for professional medical advice.
The above advice seems pretty sound to me. A couple things I would add: extra sleep, meditation and a walk in the park. A lot of stress is a mental state so give your mind a soothing bask in relaxation.
__________________ "The nurse should be cheerful, orderly, punctual, patient, full of faith, - receptive to Truth and Love" Mary Baker Eddy