Information and facts on Panic Attacks

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A panic attack is an instance in which the body's natural "fight or flight" reaction occurs It the wrong time. This is a complex, involuntary physiological response in which the body prepares itself to deal with an emergency situation. Stress causes the body to produce more adrenal hormones, especially adrenaline. The increased production of adrenaline causes the body to step up its metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to quickly produce energy for the body to use. In addition, the muscles tense, and heartbeat and breathing become more rapid. Even the composition of the blood changes slightly, to make it more prone to clotting. In the face of a threat such as an assault, an accident, or a natural disaster, this type of reaction is perfectly normal and helpful for survival. At other times, the symptoms caused by a surge in adrenaline can be distressing and frightening. A person having a panic attack often is overwhelmed by a sense of impending disaster or death, which makes it impossible to think clearly. Other feelings that can accompany a panic attack include: shortness of breath; a smothering, claustrophic sensation; heart palpitations; chest pain; dizziness; hot flashes and/or chills; trembling; numbness or tingling sensations in the extremities; sweating; nausea; a feeling of unreality; and a distorted perception of the passage of time. Eventually, the disorder can have other, cumulative effects, such as generalized aches and pains, muscular twitching and stiffness, depression, insomnia, nightmares and early waking, decreased libido, and abnormal feelings of tension with an accompanying inability to relax.

Women may experience changes in the menstrual cycle and increased premenstrual symptoms. Panic attacks are usually abrupt and intense. They can occur at any time of the day or night, and can last from a few seconds up to half an hour. To the panic sufferer, it often feels as though they are much longer. A person having a panic attacks often believes that he or she is experiencing a heart attack or a stroke. The attacks themselves are very unpredictable; some people experience one every few weeks, while others may have several a day. They are often triggered by stress (conscious or unconscious) or certain emotions, but may also occur in response to certain foods, drugs, or illness. Food allergies and hypoglycemia are both common among people with this disorder, and can promote panic attacks. An attack may follow ingestion or overindulgence in caffeine based stimulants such as tea or coffee. Some attacks occur with no apparent cause. The unpredictability of the attacks makes them even more distressing. Many people with acute anxiety disorder become fearful of being alone and of visiting public places because they fear having a panic attack. Of course, this only adds to the level of anxiety and leads to their lives being abnormally restricted. For years, panic attacks were dismissed as a psychosomatic phenomenon. However, repeated studies have shown that this disorder has a real, physical basis. Many experts believe that panic attacks are caused principally by a malfunction in brain chemistry, wherein the brain sends and receives false "emergency signals." Hyperactivity in certain areas of the brain causes the release of norepinephrine, which causes the pulse, blood pressure, and breathing to become more rapid-the classic symptoms of a panic attack. Chronic anxiety is a milder, more generalized form of this disorder. Many people feel a vague sense of anxiety much of the time, but the intensity of the feeling does not reach the levels of those in an actual panic attack. They may feel chronically uneasy, especially in the presence of other people, and tend to startle easily. Headaches and chronic fatigue are common among people with this form of the disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder can begin at any age, but the onset typically occurs in one's twenties or thirties. Some people with chronic anxiety disorder also suffer from occasional panic attacks. The proper nutritional supplementation with careful diet and other changes listed below should help reduce or prevent panic attacks and related health problems.

Nutrient / Supplement Importance
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Helpful notes
Multi-vitamin &
Mineral supplement
10 a natural good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement will contain  these and other items listed: Zinc, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. A daily supplement provides nutrients required for good general health and well being.
Zinc 9 very often people with panic attacks are not getting enough zinc. This mineral has a calming effect on the nervous system. A good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement with other support ingredients can help.
B Vitamins 9 B vitamins are very important for the proper function of your brain and nervous system. Supplements with natural vitamin B can help with anxiety problems, panic attacks, and related disorders.
Thiamine 9 vitamin B1 helps maintain normal nervous system function
Pyridoxine 9 vitamin B6 has a calming effect and is needed for production of certain brain chemicals
Calcium 9  is a natural tranquilizer is best used with magnesium
vitamin C 9 required for good function of adrenal glands and brain chemistry
Ginkgo biloba 9 herb that helps with stress and its effects on the body and mind
Kava kava 9 herb works to calm and relax works well with Passionflower and Kava kava
Chamomile 9 herb that soothes the body and helps relieve worry and stress
Passion Flower 9 herb that works in combination with Kava kava, aloe vera, and chamomile (see Aloe Plus) below.
Magnesium 8 has a calming effect and works on the nervous system of people with depression, a magnesium and vitamin B combination works well.
Potassium 8 very important for the adrenal glands to work good can normally be found in a good multi-vitamin mineral supplement.
Frankincense resin 8 helps to calm and sooth the nerves
Aloe Vera 8 herb often used in stress and relaxation herbal blends that may also serve to relieve anxiety, worry,  and related problems.


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else

All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or to administer to any physical ailments.
In all matters related to your health please contact a qualified, licensed Medical Consultant or Doctor.
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........Symmetry herbal and nutritional products for Women, Children, and Men includes vitamins, herb supplements, skin care, weight loss, water filters, sport's nutrition, and health maintenance. Giving you and your family an alternative natural way for prevention and healing treatment of disease - also to aid in well being of mind, body, and spirit.