How Juicing Helps Other Mental Disorders
The nutrients in juice can help alleviate serious conditions that are associated with stress, such as panic attacks, migraine headaches, and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.
Juicing for Panic Attacks
Panic attacks are sudden and overwhelming feelings of fear for no reason. They have been linked with everything from food allergies to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Because low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, may play a role in triggering panic attacks, drinking juice high in natural sugar and fiber can help alleviate them. In particular, fruits and vegetables high in the B vitamins and the mineral magnesium can help ward off panic attacks.
Juicing for Migraines
Migraines are debilitating headaches that cause throbbing pain, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, ringing in the ears, chills, sweating, and many other symptoms. Although medical science has yet to discover exactly what causes migraines, researchers suspect they may be triggered in part by an excess of serotonin in the brain.
The following nutrients may help ease those pounding headaches:
Omega-3s. Important for brain function, they also have anti-inflammatory and nerve-protecting actions.
Ginger. It has an anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory effect and inhibits blood vessels from swelling at the onset of a headache and nerves, instantly relieving nerves of pressure.
Vitamin B2/riboflavin. Some studies show they reduce the frequency of migraines, though not their duration or severity.
Magnesium. It helps relax blood vessels and maintain normal nerve function. It is found in wheat germ, beans, soy products and dark green leafy vegetables.
Caffeine. It may relieve migraines by constricting blood vessels in your head. Migraines are caused in part by blood vessels that dilate and trigger pain in nerves located in blood vessel walls.
Toxemia, a condition caused by abnormal levels of toxins in the blood, can irritate the blood vessels and nerves in the head and neck, leading to headaches or migraines. To reduce the incidence of migraines, some experts recommend lowering the level of toxins in your body through meditation, yoga, and a diet of uncooked foods and juices.
Certain foods may also trigger migraines by causing the blood vessels in your head to dilate quickly. The most common culprits are caffeine, MSG, artificial sweeteners, pork, hard aged cheese, red wine, spinach, shellfish, alcohol, strawberries, nitrates, and peanuts. Eliminating these foods from your diet can help prevent migraines.
Tinnitis may be caused or exacerbated by vitamin deficiencies, including a lack of chromium (found in brewer's yeast, green pepper, and apples), manganese (found in spinach, turnip greens and beet greens), and choline (found in green beans).Consuming adequate amounts of vitamin B12 (from a vitamin pill) and folic acid (found in spinach, turnip greens, and sweet peppers) may help alleviate symptoms.
Getting Rid of the Ringing
A highly annoying condition in which you hear ringing in one ear or both, tinnitus is another condition whose cause is uncertain. However, scientists know it can sometimes be triggered by medications, especially aspirin, as well as by toxins, underlying nutritional deficiencies, and temporo-mandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), or medical conditions related to the jaw.
To prevent or alleviate tinnitus, eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. Vitamins A, B, and E; proteins; and zinc all are important to prevent tinnitus. Avoid saturated foods, coffee, tea, refined alcohol, and overly sugary and salty food. Vegetables with a high sodium content include celery and asparagus.