Hi, I'm new to this forum. I'm almost fully paleo (eat white rice on occasion), and while I've had some physical benefits (more energy, etc.), I still have an issue of racing thoughts/anxiety that I can't seem to beat.
I'm wondering if this is the result of a mineral/hormonal deficiency, as I don't have any logical reason to experience this. The only thing I can think of is the fact that my B12 was very low when I had a checkup last summer (in the 200s). I asked the doctor whether we should investigate this further, since I presented many of the physiological symptoms of B12 deficiency, but he waved it off because it was in the reference range.
The only physical symptoms I present are horizontal and vertical lines on my fingertips, as well as "holding" tightness in various muscle groups, but this could be the result of the anxiety I guess.
Anyone have any thoughts? Experience beating these symptoms? I know a lot of people on here have thorough knowledge of nutrition and health so I look forward to the responses. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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Research has suggested that there is a relation between vitamin B including vitamin B1 or thiamin and mood. Deficiency in Vitamin B like B12 or folic acid can trigger depression. Start consuming food like chicken, beef, pork, citrus fruits, oranges, and eggs etc., to control anxiety, which are rich in Vitamin B or can opt for Vitamin B supplementation.
You have also mentioned that you experience muscle tightens. This is also one of the symptoms of anxiety.
1. Protein from good source like cheese, fish, Greek Yogurt, meats is very useful in such case.
2. Fatty fish like tuna, Salmon, sardines, herring helps in enhancing and uplifting your mood
3. Avoid caffeinated drinks and coffee.
Look into pyroluria. The anxiety, fingertip lines and muscle tightness are all symptoms. You might find relief with 5-HTP or other amino acids or with Lithium Orotate in low doses. Some believe pyroluria is caused by heavy metal poisoning. Yet another avenue to explore.
Our ancestors never had as many things to think about as we have and I think it's too big of an important problem to miss, here's an article in the same direction:
I think you may try aromatherapy(our ancestors also had much more of a habitat to smell) or cognitive behavioural psychotherapy.
I assume you already eat paleo and exercise, the only other thing i'd recommend is meditation, nothing relaxes me more than taking time to just be. I'm sure paleo man was quite active and ate only natural foods, but i'm sure he also highly valued finding time to slow down, chill out & relax, which has great benefits, just look at how good deep sleep is for you. I'd say get out in a forest, exercise, breathe deeply, become aware of things as they are in their raw state, not as you think they are.
To me racing thoughts and anxiety indicates an emotional/spiritual crisis, not necessarily a physical one, although eating the wrong foods can potentially cause those symptoms.
A good trick is to bring your attention to the thought/feeling/sense 'I Am', the sense of being, it's the firstmost thought/feeling/sense we have, and if you get to the bottom of that you get to the bottom of everything.
I eat ultra clean, have good sleep hygiene, and exercise on the reg and I have the same thing. The diet and lifestlye help ALOT but it's not a hundred percent cure. There could be alot of little things contributing to your anxiety. My suggestion would be to really analyze the behavoir or foods you eat, track them and continue tweking. And maybe your like me and just have anxiety no matter what but it's okay I still get alot out of life. Hope things get better! :)
It could be a hormone deficiency. It's possible you aren't eating enough carbs for proper thyroid function, I'm not a doctor though, so I can't say that definitively. You could also have a mental health disorder, have you ruled that out?