If you suffer from mystery symptoms, the last thing you want to be told is, “it’s all in your head.” Even when it comes to anxiety, that may not always be the case. Chronic anxiety often has an underlying physical cause. Learn 5 causes of mysterious anxiety and what you can do to heal.

Magnesium Deficiency

Due to a diet high in processed and fast foods, it is estimated that more than half the U.S. population suffers from vitamin deficiencies. One of the most common is magnesium deficiency. This important mineral is responsible for over 350 enzymatic reactions in the body and is essential for good nervous system health.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include anxiety, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, high blood pressure, muscle twitches and ticks, TMJ, salt craving and breast tenderness.

Anxiety and other neurological symptoms can improve when you eat foods rich in magnesium such as oat bran, almonds, artichoke, black beans, spinach and tomato or add a chelated magnesium supplement to your diet.

Provided you’re not pregnant, diabetic or allergic to sulfur, an Epsom salt soak or foot bath is another great way to give your body the magnesium it needs.

Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance can cause mysterious anxiety. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats and can wreck havoc on both the mental and physical health of an intolerant person.

In those with gluten intolerance, the protein acts as an opiate in the body causing brain fog, staring gaze, anxiety, irritability, confusion, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, constipation and fatigue.

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Foods containing gluten may be the ones you crave the most because when you don’t eat it your body begins to go into withdrawal.

If these symptoms sound familiar to you, try an elimination diet. Get rid of all of the foods containing gluten for one month. Then, on a weekend or when you don’t have much to do, eat a lot of gluten and see if your symptoms return.

If gluten intolerance is causing your anxiety and other symptoms, they will return with a vengeance.

Thyroid Disease

Undiagnosed thyroid disease can cause mysterious anxiety.

Hyperthyroidism occurs when the body produces too much of the thyroid hormone. It causes symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, restlessness, tremors, irregular heartbeat, sweating, heat sensitivity and diarrhea.

Common conventional treatments are anti-thyroid drugs, radioactive iodine, and surgery, if necessary.

Natural treatments include dietary changes, supplements and acupuncture.

No matter which route you choose, it is important to get a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism from a doctor before beginning any treatment.

Intestinal Parasites

Intestinal parasites can cause mysterious anxiety and affect more than half of the U.S. population. They can be picked up anywhere from walking barefoot in the garden to handling raw meat.

In addition to anxiety, other common symptoms include brain fog, gurgling intestines, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, anal itching and yeast infections.

If you believe intestinal parasites are causing your symptoms, take a look at my article, “Cure Parasites Today with Natural Remedies.”

Chronic Candida Infection

There’s a difference between having a yeast infection once or twice and having a chronic candida infection. Chronic candida is caused by an overgrowth of yeast in the body. It can cause mysterious anxiety, mood swings, hyperactivity, brain fog, irritability, learning difficulties, frequent yeast infections, gas and bloating, rectal itching and chemical sensitivities.

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If these symptoms sound familiar to you, there are plenty of natural ways to get rid of chronic candida infection. Take a look at my article here for more information.

When you’re struggling with anxiety and panic attacks, you want them gone now. Hopefully, this article has started you on your journey to get to the bottom of your mystery symptoms and begin the healing process.