What??? Wait???? Can this really help????
I know these are some of your questions because they were mine!!
For years I suffered with Chronic Anxiety and Depression. At one point in my life it was totally out of control! For years I took medication to help deal with this silent illnesses! Now I know my story is similiar to many others but this is a part of my life that I don’t share often and I can only hope that it inspires you to do something good for yourself. Anxiety happens, it is real!! Especially if you are having stressful times in your life. I was a single mom with a Child with Multiple Disabilities, working 50+ hours a week, and crossing over to Menopause! It was a Hormone Carnival inside me!!! I was a hot mess to say the least!!
Through a lot of education and self help I was able to get my medications for it down to just some anxiety medicine for those really tough moments! This medicine sat in my purse and went everywhere I went!! I just never knew when I was going to need it!! See Anxiety can be debilitating depending on how severe your attacks are! You can get dizzy, you have chest pains, confusion, you can have tremors. It is different for everyone but those were a few of the main symptoms that I had. According to the National Institute of Mental Health Anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 percent of adults in the United States (approximately 40 million adults between the ages of 18 to 54). – National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
I was cleaning out an old purse the other day and found a bottle of my medication. This was the last time I carried it with me, and the last time I got it filled. The date on it was March 2015. To be honest I have not even thought about it over this past year because I have not needed it!!! I found something better, something natural, something healthy; that not only controls and rids me of this horrible anxiety, but it is making my whole body healthier!!!
Now I want to share with you how I did this!! If you are still reading this then you or someone you know has a history with Anxiety and Depression! If you are still reading this then you know the horrible effects that the pharmaceutical companies and all their pills have on our health!! So what is this natural way???
Shakeology!! Now before you click off this page please keep reading and let me share with you why!!!
I have been drinking Shakeology now for 10 months. Never missed a day!!! Now I have been drinking Shakeology for the health benefits and an aid to my weight loss. This I never expected though! I never expected to have my anxiety and depression under so much control!! So I did some research as to why this delicious super food has not only helped me over come the weight loss and get healthier but why was it controling these mental health issues I had faced for years ??!!
What I found out is Shakeology has in it a Proprietary Adaptogen Blend. Adaptogens have been traditionally used to help the body adapt and respond to the effect of stress! In this blend there is an Ashwagandha! Hormones play a significant role in anxiety development. Those that feel as though their anxieties appeared over time despite effective coping strategies and a high overall quality of life may be suffering from hormonal anxiety, caused by any number of problems with hormone balance.
That said, some examples of hormones that may contribute to anxiety include:
- Stress Hormones (Cortisol)Cortisol and anxiety have a cyclical relationship. On the one hand, anxiety is essentially mental stress, and when you’re mentally stressed you release cortisol. However, research has also confirmed that excess stress hormone can cause both anxiety and depression, and contribute to the likelihood of an anxiety attack. Cortisol can have a powerful effect on your brain, and anything that increases cortisol production or decreases cortisol reduction (such as a lack of exercise) can cause anxiety.
- Sex Hormones (Estrogen/Testosterone)Numerous studies have confirmed that anxiety often begins during periods of intense hormonal change, such as during prime ages of pregnancy, during menopause, etc. Generally, those changes affect sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone, indicating that the two hormones may contribute to anxiety. Studies on rates appear to confirm this belief.
- Thyroid HormoneAn overactive thyroid can also cause a significant problem with anxiety, and is very likely to cause panic attacks. When you suffer from hyperthyroidism, your body goes on overdrive and starts to increase your overall body’s metabolism, causing hyperventilation and an increased heart rate, among other symptoms. Hypothyroidism, which occurs when you don’t have enough thyroid hormone, also appears to contribute to anxiety due to the way an underproduction of the thyroid hormone affects the brain.
Again, nearly any type of hormonal dysfunction can contribute to anxiety, because the body often responds to poorly functioning hormones with stress. But the three examples above tend to be the most common hormones that cause anxiety.
Ashwagandha, is an adaptogenic herb popular in Ayurvedic medicine that has shown incredible results for lowering cortisol and balancing thyroid hormones. This herb along combined with other Adaptogens can balance out the hormones and help regulate them, however increasing testosterone is not primary function of the herb. If the body is out of balance and deficient in a particular hormone, it may help facilitate the this need by creating a more optimal regulation.
I would have never thought that something that I was drinking everyday for weight-loss, and over all health would rid me of this evil in my life!!! So since I know now more about Adaptogens and this Proprietary blend in Shakeology I will never stop drinking it, but I will also continue to introduce it into my sons diet. You see my son has Down syndrome and he has begun to experience depression and anxiety due to well… puberty!! This is a tough time in the lives of these kids because most if not all of them just don’t understand what is happening to their bodies and all the changes they are going through. At least half of all children and adults with Down syndrome face a major mental health concern during their life span. Many times these individuals also have issues with Thyroid Function! My son also suffers from Hypothyroid and High Insulin!!! Helloooooo!!!! Hormones!!! Now I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, but what I am is a mom on a mission to better the health of her family especially her son with out these horrible medicines that have so many side effects!!
If it worked for me, why would it not work for him? If it worked for me, why would it not work for you? Menopause, disabilities, thyroids, hormones, insulin, diabetes; these are all words that almost everyone is familiar with so why not take control of them. Why are we as a society leaving the control of our mental health in the hands of the pharmaceutical companies!! Let’s take make our health and our minds!!!
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