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That refined carbohydrates (sugar and white flour) are known to contribute to problems with blood sugar control, especially hypoglycemia. The association between hypoglycemia and impaired mental function is well known. Unfortunately, most individuals who experience depression, anxiety, or other psycological conditions are rarely tested for hypoglycemia, nor are they prescribed a diet that restricts refined carbohydrates. Numerous studies of depressed individuals have shown a high occurrence of hypoglycemia. Because depression is one of the most frequent causes of anxiety, this provides a link between hypoglycemia and feelings of stress. Simply eliminating refined carbohydrates from the diet is sometimes all that is needed for effective therapy in patients who have depression or anxiety due to hypoglycemia.
What's really being affected:
One of the key dietary recommendations to support the adrenal glands is to ensure adequate potassium levels within the body. This can best be done by consuming foods rich in potassium and avoiding foods high in sodium.
Mealtimes should be spent in a relaxed environment. As noted above, digestion is a process largely controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system. Eating in a rushed manner or in a noisy environment is not conducive to good digestion or good health. It is important to plan meals out in advance to avoid eating on the run or under stress.
People with symtoms of anxiety or chronic fatigue need to investigate possible food allergies. As far back as 1930, noted allergist Dr. Albert Rowe noticed that anxiety and fatigue were key features associated with food allergies. Originally, Dr. Rowe described a syndrome he called allergic toxemia, with symptoms that included anxiety, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, drowsiness, difficulty in concentration, and depression. Around the 1950s, this syndrome became referred to as the allergic tension-fatigue syndrome. With the current focus on chronic fatigue syndrome, many physicians and other people are forgetting that food allergies can lead to chronic fatigue.
Medicinal herbs can provide natural, safer remedies to dozens of common ailments. This chart shows you more than 75 herbal remedies that do just that. For more information about herbal remedies, check out 75 Safe and Effective Herbal Remedies.
As with any health issue, always be sure to talk to your doctor before trying a new medicine -- including herbal medicines -- or other remedy. In conjunction with a discussion with your primary healthcare provider, you can find more safety and usage information on the herbs below in Micheal Castleman's The New Healing Herbs and in Dr. James A. Duke's book, Dr. Duke's Essential Herbs.
Acne Calendula, aloe, tea tree
Alcoholism Evening primrose, kudzu
Alzheimer’s disease Ginkgo, rosemary
Angina Hawthorn, garlic, willow, green tea
Anxiety and stress Hops, kava, passionflower, valerian, chamomile, lavender
Arthritis Capsicum, ginger, turmeric, willow, cat’s claw, devil’s claw
Asthma Coffee, ephedra, tea
Athlete’s foot Topical tea tree oil
Attention-deficit disorder Evening primrose oil
Bad breath Parsley
Boils Tea tree oil, topical garlic, echinacea, eleutherococcus, ginseng, rhodiola
Bronchitis Echinacea, pelargonium
Cancer Bilberry, blackberry, cocoa (dark chocolate), green tea, garlic, ginseng, maitake mushroom, pomegranate, raspberry, reishi mushroom
Colds Echinacea, andrographis, ginseng, coffee, licorice root (sore throat), tea (nasal and chest congestion)
Congestive heart failure Hawthorn
Constipation Apple, psyllium seed, senna
Depression St. John’s wort
Diabetes, Type 2 Garlic, beans (navy, pinto, black, etc.), cinnamon, eleutherococcus, flaxseed, green tea
Diabetic ulcers Comfrey
Diarrhea Bilberry, raspberry
Dizziness Ginger, ginkgo
Eczema Chamomile, topical borage seed oil, evening primrose oil
Fatigue Cocoa (dark chocolate), coffee, eleutheroccocus, ginseng, rhodiola, teaFlu Echinacea, elderberry syrup (also see “Colds”)
Gas Fennel, dill
lGingivitis Goldenseal, green tea
Hay fever Stinging nettle, butterbur
Herpes Topical lemon balm, topical comfrey, echinacea, garlic, ginsens
High blood pressure Garlic, beans, cocoa (dark chocolate), hawthorn
High blood sugar Fenugreek
High cholesterol Apple, cinnamon, cocoa (dark chocolate), evening primrose oil, flaxseed, soy foods, green tea.
Hot flashes Red clover, soy, black cohosh
Indigestion Chamomile, ginger, peppermint
Infection Topical tea tree oil, astragalus, echinacea, eleutherococcus, garlic, ginseng, rhodiola
Insomnia Kava, evening primrose, hops, lemon balm, valerian
Irregular heartbeat Hawthorn
Irregularity Senna, psyllium seed
Irritable bowel syndrome Chamomile, peppermint
Lower back pain Thymol, carvacrol, white willow bark
Menstrual cramps Kava, raspberry, chasteberry
Migraine Feverfew, butterbur
Morning sickness Ginger
Muscle pain Capsicum, wintergreen
Premenstrual syndrome Chasteberry, evening primrose
Ringing in the ears Ginkgo
Seasonal affective disorder St. John’s wort
Sore throat Licorice, marshmallow, mullein
Stuffy nose Echinacea
Tonsillitis Goldenseal, astragalus, echinacea
Toothache Willow, clove oi
lUlcers Aloe, licorice
Varicosities Bilberry, horse chestnut
Yeast infection Garlic, goldenseal, Pau D’arco
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