If you feel random anxiety for no reason the information here may help you. First, just know that random anxiety affects us all at times. This is quite different than an anxiety disorder that may have an underlying cause. Once you’ve seen a physician to rule out a more serious issue with anxiety such as general anxiety disorder or panic disorder*, you may want to try a natural way to help with random anxiety.
Perhaps you’ve never had issues with feeling anxious before. But now as you’ve hit 50 or 60, you have times when you just feel unsettled or nervous and you can’t think of any reason why. Bouts with random anxiousness can be exhausting.
As we age, we face issues that we’ve never dealt with before such as preparing for retirement. Anxiety over retirement is a very real thing. Or, perhaps we subconsciously worry about our adult children. Middle age anxiety can occur for a variety of underlying reasons. But just because random anxiety can occur it doesn’t mean we just have to live with it.
Anxiousness can be caused by a lack of chemicals, and hormones affecting certain neurotransmitters in the brain. The drugs prescribed by physicians for anxiety disorders are designed to offset this chemical or hormonal imbalance but as is commonly known, come with side effects.
Drugs like Xanax, Lexipro, Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft are called SSRI’s. SSRI stands for “Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors”. They work to produce a higher level of Serotonin produced in your body.
Serotonin and Random Anxiety
The key here is serotonin. Our bodies make serotonin from tryptophan, an essential amino acid. Tryptophan enters our body through what we eat. However, even if we are eating foods like nuts, cheese, and red meat that give us tryptophan, these can be difficult for our bodies to fully digest and process. A deficiency in tryptophan can cause lower serotonin levels. Lower serotonin levels can lead to moodiness, even anxiety or depression.
Keep in mind as we go through this information that serotonin is mainly found in our digestive system and throughout our central nervous system. The connection between the gut and the brain is very important here.
So, what if we aren’t getting enough tryptophan from our diet or we are not digesting the foods that give us tryptophan properly? Do we have to resort to prescription medication to increase the serotonin levels?
An Introduction to Nootropics for Anxiety
In recent years it has been discovered that certain natural substances increase the chemicals and hormones in the brain. This increase affects our neurotransmitters to help us with all sorts of issues like anxiety, depression, chronic mild pain, energy, focus, clarity and more. These substances are called Nootropics. Nootropics may be synthetic and made in a lab, or they are natural and made by mother nature. L-Theanine is a natural nootropic.
L-theanine is a nootropic and natural amino acid that elevates levels serotonin, as well as dopamine and GABA. Serotonin, dopamine, and GABA are neurotransmitters that work in the brain to regulate emotions, mood, concentration, alertness, and sleep. They also affect appetite, energy, and other cognitive skills. Increasing levels of these brain calming chemicals promotes relaxation and can help with sleep.
L-theanine also reduces levels of chemicals in the brain that are linked to anxiety and stress. This may also be a way that L-theanine can protect brain cells against stress and age-related damage.
L-theanine appears to trigger the release of alpha-waves, which enhances relaxation, focus, and creativity. Alpha brain waves occur when we are being creative, meditating, or daydreaming.
Ok, so where are we at so far? Serotonin reduces anxiety and anxiousness. Serotonin is made from tryptophan, but we may not be getting enough tryptophan from our diet. L-Theanine, a natural nootropic and amino acid, also increases serotonin levels. But how do we get more L-Theanine?
Do You Drink Coffee at All?
Don’t get upset with me yet. I am not going to tell you to stop drinking coffee to reduce your anxiety and anxiousness. In fact, I’m going to suggest that you simply switch the type of coffee you drink. If you drink more than one cup a day, then just switch one of those cups to a different brand of coffee. Why?
Because there is a brand of coffee that mixes or infuses nootropics into the blend. It’s called Elevate Coffee. One of the key ingredients in Elevate Coffee is the nootropic and amino acid L-Theanine!
Elevate Coffee hit the market in late 2017 and already has over 1 million customers. There have been many remarkable stories from Elevate Coffee customers that include weight loss, anxiety relief, pain relief and more. In addition to L-Theanine for higher serotonin levels, Elevate Coffee also helps produce increased dopamine and endorphin levels.
Elevate Coffee Ingredients
Dopamine + Oxytocin + Serotonin + Endorphins = D.O.S.E
However, to get a greater impact on anxiety relief you will want to add another nootropic, xanthohumol. Xanthohumol comes from the flower of the hops plant and increases oxytocin production in our body. Oxytocin has been called the ‘feel-good’ or ‘love’ hormone. This hormone is released in lovemaking and even hugging our loved ones. An increase in oxytocin production can also assist with natural anxiety relief.
The same company that produces Elevate Coffee also produces Xanthomax which contains xanthohumol. Together they help our bodies increase levels of dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins. This is considered a nootropics stack.
If you deal with anxiousness or random anxiety for no reason, we highly recommend you give this all-natural solution a try. Especially if you already drink coffee. You’re putting more happiness in your cup!