Does Prozac really give Anxiety Relief?

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Prozac (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride) is a antidepressant and is considered by many to be the best anti anxiety medicine out there and that is probably because it is the most popular.  Prozac was a phenomenon when it first came out.  Prozac is an antidepressant that belongs to the group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs.

Prozac and its generic equivalent, fluoxetine, is manufactured in scored tablets and capsules of 10, 20 and 40 mg.  It is also available in a liquid oral solution.  It is also often used for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety,  Panic Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder as well.  Prescribing Prozac for anxiety relief also has its negative aspects.

Prozac controls the balances of serotonin levels in the brain and is called a Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor (SSRI). Serotonin is a chemical that affects your moods.  It is very popular and gets a good percentage of people who take it report relief from anxiety disorders or depression.  Despite all the positives the drug takes time to work and there have been reports of many side effects including nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, dry mouth, inability to sleep, dizziness and sweating  Sometimes these side effects ease over time but you really have to ask yourself if it is worth taking it.

Some  people are concerned about the possibility of addiction with Prozac.  Just like other types of anti-depressants, Prozac has the potential to be addictive.  If you decide to stop taking this drug then you have to wean yourself off it gradually. Eating a healthy balanced diet, proper exercise, and relaxation go a long way to help you with anxiety relief.  They dont have side effects except for improving your overall health.

What are some of the other treatments aside from Prozac for anxiety relief?  Pure Psychotherapy is one of them.  It relies purely on behavior modification and relaxation techniques to eliminate anxiety symptoms.  Acupuncture  and Alternative Health & Herbal medicine are also gaining ground as natural remedies as they are non addictive treatments.

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What is anxiety?

Anxiety is an emotional state where you feel frightened and confused because of your reactions to a perceived or actual threat.

Most people will experience this in their lifetime and yet most people don’t know what is anxiety and why it happens. The reason for its increase in recent years includes a variety of causes, including living in a more stressful society, unhealthy diets, and the rise in substance abuse.

Peaceful and beautiful

Peaceful and beautiful

Anxiety disorders occur when the anxiety system doesn’t work properly or when overwhelmed. It can make you feel you are losing control and even to the extreme where you think that you are going to die. It makes the body go into a ‘fight or flight’ response. Anxiety can stop you from living your life the way you want and that is when it is called a disorder.

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Herbs and Other Natural Products available for Anxiety

I have posted for you today some snippets that I found from recent articles on the internet that I thought were helpful for using herbs and natural products to control anxiety.

The origins of herbs used for anxiety:

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Herbs have been tried and true for centuries. The power of herbs is why the human race still exists. Ancient civilizations utilized herbs for healing wounds, relaxation, and cleansing.

The power of herbs is what kept ancient civilizations healthy and alive. The human race may have evolved to modern day medicine but the power of herbs is still effective!

English: Bacopa monnieri (flowers). Location: ...

English: Bacopa monnieri (flowers). Location: Maui, Kanaha Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are 3 herbs for anxiety you probably not have heard about.  I know I did not and they are worth looking into.  Be aware though that some herbs can have side affects and interactions with any medication your are taking.

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Ashwagandha (Winter cherry) is a popular herb known worldwide and now heavily used in the Western world for treatment of anxiety and stress conditions. Cortisol is a hormone that is responsible for stress in humans. Ashwagandha helps to slow down the release of Cortisol by the adrenals, which prevents the exhaustion of adrenals. This is an anti-anxiety effect of this herb, as recognized by many scientists.

Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) is an herb known to increase concentration and creativity in people. It helps with brain health, an ability to recall facts and decreases attention and distractibility in individuals.

Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) herb helps promote awareness and relaxes/ strengthens the mind. This is a great herb for anxiety relief and nervousness. It calms and reduces the muscles spasms. This is also highly useful to women during menstruation, and for menopause related stress and anxiety.

Click on the product names to buy these herbs from Amazon (a company you can trust) Ashwagandha Gold, Bacopa Gold and Spikenard.

Note:  Some interactions may occur when using Ashwagandha with sedative medications, Bacopa may increase thyroid hormones and Spikenard can cause nausea.  Please check with your doctor before taking herbs if you have other medical conditions.

There are also many foods you probably already have in your refrigerator or pantry that can help you lower your stress and anxiety levels.

These include:

Rosemary, thyme, chicken, carrots, broccoli, onion, garlic, hummus, cream cheese, milk, dark chocolate and ginger.

See the following video that will talk about how you can have a power lunch to reduce your stress throughout the day.

Chicken soup with rosemary and thyme 300Sounds great and easy enough to do especially the soup idea which I always love to make for my lunches in winter.  This lunch includes the goodness of chicken as well as rosemary and thyme.  Here is the recipe if you want to make it yourself.  It is made in the slow cooker but you can also make it in a stock pot on the stove.  Click here to go to The Slow Cooking Pot for the recipe now.

Herbs and natural products can be very useful for treating anxiety and eating well will help you stay stress free. Start here before you move to drug therapy for a long lasting solution to your anxiety and stress.

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A few positive ways to improve your office work space for a healthier life

homedeskYou may not realize that your office work space isn’t the most healthy environment for you to work in.  There are so many things surrounding you that produce electromagnetic fields such as from your computer, the printer, photocopier and even the fluorescent lights.  You can’t eliminate these risk altogether but be aware of them.  Two things you can do is to not sit too close to your computer and when you aren’t using it then turn it off.

Carpets, walls and furniture can also be treated with a range of chemical finishes that can affect you.  Natural flooring materials are much more healthy and a better alternative and use low odor paints and varnishes on the walls and furniture.  Your lighting or lack of it can affect your sight and give you headaches.  Try and place your work spaces near a window for natural light if possible.

The quality of the air is also important so rooms that are closed up all day are breeding grounds for germs.  For a healthier life open up a window and let the air circulate.  You can’t always do this in high rise building so keeping the air conditioner well serviced is the best you can achieve.  Also having a living plant on your desk or near your work spaces can help purify the air.

Lastly make sure your office work space especially your desk and chair are set up to be ergonomically friendly.  Make sure your when you sit on your chair your feet are on the floor and you your desk is fairly uncluttered with everything organized that you can reach it easily.  If you need a wrist rest then use it but I find it more a nuisance than a help.