Foods to fight anxiety. And possibly RSD?

RSD/CRPS is often described as an anxiety disorder (certainly gone awry) and a sympathetic system stuck in “fight or flight.” Maybe you don’t believe that. But likely anxiety has set in anyway from the overwhelming stress of the prognosis (a prognosis I believe doctors will learn later does not have to be and possibly contributes to the decline in some patients). What we do know is that western medicines like ketamine sedate the body. We now have learned ketamine is being used for depression as well. We know that many medications for RSD are anti-anxiety meds. With that knowledge, why aren’t more doctors prescribing meditation and a change in diet?

I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. I can only speak for me. But I did improve significantly when I started to practice qi gong on a regular basis. There is a cumulative effect to meditating. Food is another tool that has assisted in my calming endeavor. Turmeric, avocado, kale, fish oil, ginger root tea, among others (okay sometimes Cabernet).

Below is a list of 13 foods from a mindbodygreen blog that can help ease anxiety. So often we ignore the food we are putting in our bodies, eat unhealthy foods and then seek outside medicine. Maybe those foods aren’t unhealthy but they might not be helping our bodies. Perhaps they would be foods better suited for another medical condition.

What if food is the answer?
from mindbodygreen:

1. Oysters Research has correlated an imbalance of zinc to copper with anxiety. This trace mineral ratio is responsible for proper neurotransmitter function and adaptation to stress. Increased copper and decreased zinc may lead to symptoms of anxiety.

2. Chamomile Tea Sip on this natural anti-anxiety medicine for its natural calming effect. This soothing, mild tea was shown to significantly decrease anxiety symptoms in just a few weeks!

3. Rooibos Tea Rooibos, or African red bush tea, is a delicious way to bring a natural calm to your day. Researchers are looking into its effect on cortisol. It seems to work by having a balancing effect on the body’s main stress hormone.

4. Full-Fat Kefir In functional medicine, the gut is considered the “second brain” because it’s home to 95% of your “feel good” hormone seratonin. With more than 100 million neurons, your gut’s health is essential to manage anxiety.

Bacterial imbalances in your gut can alter brain chemistry, and kefir, an ancient fermented dairy drink, might just be the most powerful probiotic ever! It also has fat soluble vitamins A, D and K2, all important for brain health.

5. Turkey …Tryptophan is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps you to feel calm. Tryptophan in the form of meat, has been shown to reduce anxiety disorders!

6. Turmeric Curcuminoids, the antioxidants in turmeric, have a neuroprotective quality and help enhance your mood. It was shown in a randomized controlled trial to be an effective option for major depressive disorder, which is closely linked to anxiety disorders.

7. Organ Meats If you eat meat, organ meats are some of the best sources of nutrients needed to beat anxiety, like zinc and vitamin D. They also contain copious amounts of choline, needed for the synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Liver is also abundant in B vitamins, which are needed for methylation, a metabolic process in the body that is responsible for proper synthesis of neurotransmitters that regulate mood. Homocysteine levels and MTHFR mutations are two tests that I run to ensure optimal neurotransmitter metabolism and methylation.

8. Avocados This superfruit is great for brain health and anxiety. They contain potassium which helps naturally lower blood pressure. Avocados also contain beneficial B vitamins and monounsaturated fats that are needed for neurotransmitter and brain health.

9. Dark Chocolate Science has vindicated chocolate lovers everywhere. A randomized, placebo-controlled trial published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology revealed that people who drank a dark chocolate drink, equal to about 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate per day, felt calmer than those who did not.

10. Asparagus This sulfur-rich vegetable also contains the specifically beneficial B vitamin, folic acid. Low levels of folic acid are linked to neurotransmitter impairment, which can lead to anxiety. A 5.3-ounce serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folic acid! It also contains moderate amounts of potassium, which can lower blood pressure.

11. Adaptogenic Herbs One common hormonal signaling pathway dysfunction I find in patients struggling with anxiety disorders is the brain-adrenal axis. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is part of your sympathetic “flight-or-fight ” response and something, and can play a role in adrenal fatigue. Stress hormones, like cortisol, can cause seratonin receptors to become less sensitive to activation. Adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha, rhodiola and holy basil are some of the tools I use to optimize brain-adrenal function in patients.

12. Leafy Greens If you struggle with stress and anxiety increase the greens! Plant foods like Swiss chard and spinach are rich in magnesium, the natural “chill pill,” which also helps regulate the brain-adrenal axis.

13. Fatty Meat Inflammation is one factor when it comes to brain health and anxiety. Omega-3 fats have been shown to decrease anxiety. Omega-rich foods like Alaskan salmon and grass-fed beef can help decrease inflammation and help cortisol and adrenaline from spiking.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar for RSD

I was introduced to the benefits of raw apple cider vinegar (“ACV”) by my qi gong healer a few years ago. It took me a while to agree to drink it. It’s freaking gross. BUT, the benefits have been so amazing that I now always have some in the house. Remember to dilute it and rinse your mouth after (do NOT brush your teeth right away). While it goes in super acidic, it actually makes the body more alkaline.  It has worked so well for me before, at one point it completely turned off the burning in my legs. The only issue was, at that point, I had to stop drinking it because my body no longer accepted the ACV presumably because I started to affect my body’s PH too much. So it is something I do not use all the time but I think many people do a few tablespoons daily without issue. Frankly, i think I got greedy and drank too much of it once I saw how much it helped the burning in my legs.

Currently I am trying to drink it every day in order to help me lower the acidity in my body and hopefully help me lose this extra weight.  Additionally, i have started using it in some of my epsom salt baths. My skin feels amazingly clean after.  The ACV is supposed to draw toxins out. Remember to drink RAW apple cider vinegar “with the mother” which is the cloudy good stuff in the bottle. Bragg’s really is the only good brand i have found. I am super proud that i once beat the stomach flu that took out my entire office for days and i cut a sinus infection in half using this stuff. It’s legit. Here are some of the amazing things it is believed to do:

1.  Helps to clear acne
2.  Promotes digestion as the acetic acid content slows down the digestion of starch which can lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.
3.  Natural cure for constipation by improving bowel irregularity and removing toxins from the body at a faster rate
4.  High in minerals and potassium to help slow down the ageing process of your skin – potassium also protects your teeth, prevents hair loss and stops those runny noses
5.  Helps to reduce sinus infections and sore throats
6.  Encourages the growth of healthy bacteria within your body
7.  Eases menstrual cramps
8.  The pectin content helps regulate blood pressure while reducing bad cholesterol
9.  Protects against food poisoning
10. Fights allergies in both humans and animals
11. Prevents muscle fatigue after exercise
12. Strengthens the immune system
13. Increases stamina
14. Alleviates symptoms of arthritis and gout
15. Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections
16. The malic acid content introduces those important anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
17. The calcium content helps to improve bone and teeth health
18. The ash for alkaline content helps your body maintain correct pH levels for a healthy alkaline state
19. Provides a natural remedy for heartburn, acting as a replacement for those toxic heartburn medications
20. Helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes giving a smoother texture and complexion
21. Raw apple cider vinegar may also help with joint pain and stiffness
22. Helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them and can also help to reduce levels of glucose


Remember, I am NOT a doctor. This is just something that has worked for me. Do your own research and ask your doctor.


Do you have blood pooling in your feet?

Periodically this happens to me and yesterday it really started to bother me. I put on my Magellan compression socks about 14 hours ago and I am feeling much better.  I will take them off soon and head out for a walk.  Magellan has several different compression socks. Click the link.