For anyone out there getting ALL THE THINGS done—yet barely holding on by a thread on the inside—there’s a chance it might be high-functioning anxiety.
If you have constant worry or feel exhausted by trying to meet life’s demands, you might feel like you just need to keep on pushing through.
I’m here to tell you that it’s possible to lessen the stress and anxiousness by nourishing your body and brain with targeted nutrients.
Here are 5 supplements to lessen the anxious feelings and make you more resilient to stress:
Probiotic blends of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains show promise for supporting stress and anxiety. They work by supporting the gut-brain axis and modulating inflammation in the body and brain.
Magnesium is needed to produce several neurotransmitters in the brain that affect anxiety and mood. It has a relaxing effect, calming the nervous system as well as tense muscles.
💊 Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 works together with magnesium in supporting neurotransmitter production in the brain. Other B vitamins (like B12 and folic acid) may also be beneficial, so one option is to take a B Complex or multivitamins providing the entire family of B vitamins.
Ashwagandha is considered an adaptogenic herb because it supports the body’s stress response (the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis). It can be helpful for relieving anxiety, calming the nerves, and supporting better sleep.
💊 St. John’s Wort
Lots of people think of St. John’s Wort when they think of depression, but it works by supporting healthy levels of neurotransmitters (like serotonin) in the brain and can therefore also be very useful to alleviate anxiousness and stress.
Nutritional and herbal supplements will not put an end to high-functioning anxiety on their own, but they can nourish the body from the inside out to be more resilient to stress.
👀 Watch for my upcoming post, where I’ll be sharing a quick but powerful way to stop anxiety in its tracks.
Tracey Mixon is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, certified functional medicine health coach, and Founder of Desire To Live Now. After a lifelong battle with autoimmune disease, Tracey was introduced to Functional Medicine in 2012 which not only transformed her health but her life. Tracey became a nurse practitioner to help anyone who desires to optimize their health with lifestyle medicine and combat health disparities amongst minority communities.