Rub the back of your neck a lot? Get so tense that your body stiffens up? Thoughts start racing? One leg or both constantly bouncing? Always keeping an eye on a doorway? Stomach always churning? Can’t stop worrying or fearing the worst?
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million people ages 18 and older every year. That’s almost 20% of the population. And while they’re highly treatable, less than 40% of those suffering receive treatment. On top of that, anxiety disorders affect 25.1% of children between the ages of 13-18.
According to an article published in the New York Post in December 2017, “Eight out of ten Americans report they “frequently” or “sometimes” experience stress in their daily lives, compared to about 21 percent who say they ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ do, according to a new Gallup poll.”
Worldwide stats show that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, yet almost 75% of them go untreated. According to the WHO, 1 in 13 globally suffers from anxiety. As a result, nearly a million people take their lives each year.
The ADAA says that Generalized Anxiety Disorder affects 6.8 million adults or 3.1% of the U.S. population, women being twice as likely to be affected as men. Social Anxiety Disorder affects 15 million Americans and is equally common between genders, typically manifesting around age 13.
Phobias are considered an anxiety disorder and affect 19 million adults. They develop in childhood and phobias are often paired with OCD.
And the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44? Depression. Over 16 million people have to learn how to cope with and manage their condition. Many don’t. Many exist, instead of live. And then there are those who give up.
We at OHS don’t want anyone to give up. We want you to enjoy life to the fullest. While there’s always an event—or several—that trigger anxiety (namely work, money or childcare), the symptoms themselves often allude to a nutrient deficiency that needs to be addressed as well.
According to the American Institute of Stress (AIS), “While it is obvious that every disease must have a cause or possibly causes, it is essential to distinguish this sharply from contributing factors.” Stress is identified as a contributing factor.
The AIS went on to say, “Stress can contribute significantly to hypertension, elevated serum lipids, diabetes and cigarette smoking. An increased incidence of coronary morbidity and mortality is associated with such psychosocial stresses as poverty, loneliness, rapid sociocultural change, crowding, and having little control over one’s life, especially in the workplace. Similarly, there is a wealth of literature linking stressful emotions such as depression, suppressed anger and hostility to various coronary events. And there can be little doubt that stress can precipitate angina, congestive failure and sudden death.”
Coping skills are paramount to managing stress. One facet of that is nutrition. Stress and anxiety can be caused by a deficiency in many nutrients and not everyone has the same deficiency. In addition, it is hard to deliver nutrients into a system turned acidic because of so much stress.
Your body needs amino acids that help stop worrying, racing thoughts, irrational fears, and insomnia. Lemon balm, Passionflower, and chamomile take the edge off and relax tension. You also need other nutrients to repair your adrenal glands so you can handle anxiety better, increase serotonin and dopamine to improve happiness and a sense of wellbeing and utilize probiotics to ease anxiety, curb depression, and elevate mood. Magnesium has also been proven to combat symptoms of anxiety, depression, and restlessness.
OHS combines over 100 research-proven stress and anxiety-relieving herbs, vitamins, minerals, probiotics and enzymes into one convenient Pak. All you have to do is take one Pak a day and keep one extra on hand to take if you find yourself in a stressful or anxiety-filled situation.