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Stop Panic Attacks Without Medications

Mar 11, 2008
Is it possible to stop panic attacks without using medications? Of course it is -- many individuals have been cured of panic attacks without resorting to using (sometimes addictive) prescription drugs. There are several different methods to stop panic attacks naturally, and in this article will take a look at if you of the most popular and effective of these.

1. Changing Your Diet. Many people -- including doctors -- often overlook the importance of diet as a contributing factor to panic attacks. There has been an enormous amount of research showing that unknown food allergies often produce anxiety symptoms, and in some cases an individual can stop panic attacks by simply a limb and aiding the offending food.

One of the most common unrecognized food allergies is dairy products. It is well known that many people are lactose intolerant; it is also a fact that lots of people unknowingly have milk and dairy allergies. A simple way to check for a dairy allergy is to refrain from drinking milk or eating dairy products for at least two weeks, and noticed the effect this has on both your body and your state of mind.

It is also important to drink plenty of water every day and eat a balanced diet including plenty of green vegetables and fruits. It has been documented that a deficiency in the complex vitamins can contribute to panic attacks, so it is important to eat foods rich in vitamins B1, B6 and B12. Magnesium deficiency has also been linked to a variety of anxiety-related problems, including panic attacks, so you'll want to be sure you're getting plenty in your diet. Taking a daily supplement is helpful for many people to ensure they receive proper nutrition.

2. The Importance of Sleep. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can cause panic attacks. Insomnia is a serious problem for many people, and unfortunately, the medical community usually attempts to shriek this problem with the use of questionable drugs, which can have unpleasant or even dangerous side effects, as well as being addictive.

A better cure for insomnia is to use natural supplements such as melatonin, and be sure to get plenty of exercise. Vigorous exercise has been shown to encourage restful sleep, and even a brisk walk in the afternoon can be sufficient to help you sleep better at night. Getting proper rest and exercise can sometimes stop panic attacks, without the need for further treatment.

3. Relaxation Techniques. Relaxing exercises that promote proper breathing had been shown to stop panic attacks and anxiety. Yoga is particularly beneficial to panic attack sufferers, as it encourages mindfulness and proper breathing. Tai chi is another eastern practice that has become very popular in the West. Like yoga, tai chi focuses on proper breathing and helps to reduce tension in the body and the build up of stress.

4. Avoiding Stimulants. Caffeine and nicotine are both stimulants, and can lead to insomnia, rapid heart beat and anxiety problems. Cutting out caffeinated coffee and fizzy soft drinks will help the body to relax and naturally. And although many people try to calm their nerves by drinking alcohol, research shows that excessive alcohol consumption increases the risks of panic attacks, generalized anxiety and depression.

You can stop panic attacks by making simple lifestyle changes -- and better choices. Become mindful of your diet and avoid stimulants that may make it harder to sleep at night. By using several of these methods simultaneously, many people manage to stop panic attacks without resorting to prescription drugs.
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