Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Colorado, USA
Re: Anger Issues
Yes, I sure do!!
I think anger can turn into a disease. Everybody has something to be angry about, even furious about, but it can be controlled by diet and supplements. Here are a few suggestions:
1. First of all, I avoid chocolate like the plague, even the raw cacao bean "health supplement". It causes rage and irritability in a lot of people, I think women especially. It can cause paranoia and angry thoughts, too. You won't find much documentation on this, but trust me, it's true! The methylxanthines are to blame, I think. They're what I call "bad anti-oxidants". Theobromine and theophylline are two main ingredients - also caffeine. I can tolerate caffeine wonderfully well, but not the other two chemicals. It causes me great rage when I see it touted as a health food - it is NOT!!
2. I take a lot of fish oil supplements. Barlean's is a great brand, not fishy-tasting all, kind of orange-flavored. It comes in capsules and plain oil. Oh yeah, it's $$$. But if you can afford it, buy it (health store only, refrigerator section). But take some kind of fish oil, whatever you can afford. It calms me within an hour or less. Other Omega-3 supplements can be helpful, like flaxseed and borage, but I find fish oil the best.
3. I use Body Balance by Life Force International. It's a great vitamin/mineral supplement in liquid form. Full of sea vegetables, tastes like sweet cherry or grape juice, not delicious but drinkable. It improves my mood within an hour.
4. I've heard good things about acai berry supplements and goji berry supplements, for several reasons. I've never tried them, so don't quote me. But I've never heard anything bad about them, so worth trying!
5. Take your calcium. It regulates your mood, too. Take an absorbable form, like calcium citrate - 2:1 ratio of calcium:magnesium. Too much magnesium and you'll be going to the bathroom all day. The amount you take depends on your health, age, hormone levels, bone density, and blood calcium. I take at least 1000 mg/day.
6. Buy yourself a juice extractor (cheapest - $100 or so?) and juice up some veggies and/or fruits. I like carrot/apple/parsley/spinach. It takes out the fiber and gives you pure energy in one glass of juice. It also boosts my mood incredibly! It's messy, but worth it. Get a book of juicing recipes - there's usually one included with the juicer. Or if there is a juice bar where you live, take advantage of it. I'm not talking about smoothies, which are full of sugar and give you brain-freeze. I'm talking about vegetables, pure carbohydrate energy without the calories, and much more concentrated in nutrition than a salad. The buzz can last me a few days! And without drugs.
7. I avoid soda pop of all kinds, diet and otherwise. It is one of the worst things on earth for you. It makes me jittery and nervous, and therefore irritable. Avoid anything with high-fructose corn syrup. Don't eat hard candy -tons of calories with no fat, so no full feeling. Avoid fake sweeteners. If you want something sweet, eat a few cookies or a piece of cake with real sugar - the fat in them will make you feel full and not starved for more. If you feed yourself just a little teeny bit of fat & sugar (and no chocolate in it!!), you won't get a fiery craving for it that drives you crazy.
8. Avoid processed foods (easy for me to say - I love them). I'm lecturing myself as well as you!
9. Avoid toxic people, even if they're family members! This is the hardest piece of advice to follow. But I almost died a few years ago, and when I got well I realized that life was short, and mean people were unnecessary. These people included friends and even a sibling. It can include co-workers too. Changing a job is really hard, especially now, but do it if you can, if you need to. Even the laziest, most unprofessional person doesn't deserve to be abused on a daily basis.
Toxic people are sometimes hard to pinpoint. They may be very popular and intelligent, considered "winners" and "doers" and "wonderful" people. But if they make you feel like cr*p, even if it's not their fault, cut them out of your life! Take care of yourself, not them.
10. You may have vitamin deficiencies; most people do, especially Vitamin D. I take 2000 IU of Vit. D a day and notice a huge difference. B supplements can calm you if you're stressed, too. Folic acid can help with depression; it's available in prescription form and OTC form. I don't know much about vitamins. I'm learning the hard way. But they're so important for mood and energy.
Hope this helps! You are SO not alone.