Vitamin B for Harm OCD
B vitamins = anti-anxiety vitamins = happy vitamins
Let’s cut to the chase. You’re wanting to find as many ways as you can to help reduce the painful effects of your Harm OCD, and eventually cure it, right?
You’re also aware that what you’re experiencing is no more, no less, the delimiting effects of a low energy state, wherein strong unwanted thoughts are creating strong unwanted physical responses?
And you’re also appreciative of the fact that as you cool down your physical turmoil, by “working” the body, you can soften your mind and calm your emotions?
Then good, because your body may be telling you something is missing. An important ingredient: Vitamin B.
Commonly noted symptoms of B Vitamin deficiency:
- inability to handle stress/irritability
- insomnia and sleep disturbances
- chronic fatigue
- loss of ability to concentrate
- heart palpitations
- cold hands and feet/numbness and tingling in the arms and legs
- mood changes
- loss of appetite
- sugar cravings
- abdominal pain
- muscle cramps
- respiratory infections
- dry, grey skin, dermatitis, wrinkles, acne, rashes
- hair loss
- weak, splitting nails
What this means to you as a bearer of Harm OCD
Not all of the above is going be relevant to your experience of Harm OCD, as admittedly most observations of low level consumption of Vitamin B cover what we might say is the greater degree, and thus fail to reach for the specifics of what’s important for you i.e. providing complete and unequivocal evidence that Vitamin B will help you with this!
However, a decent review of online opinions will prove clearly the pros far outweigh the cons, and that indeed it is very important for you to make sure you are getting adequate levels of Vitamin B.
In any case, your own empirical understanding of the nerve soothing benefits of Vitamin B will truly begin as soon as you make a conscious effort to revise how, and to what level, you right now consume them.
You need lifting up!
We’ve already mentioned that with Harm OCD you are pretty much locked in an low energy state, and are therefore enduring the many undesirable effects of this tricky condition. Which is to say: your harming thoughts and related compulsions exist because they are reflective of your in-the-pits shape.
Keeping it simple, it should therefore make sense that as you lift yourself up, as you rest and recuperate and nurture your body and mind with the right kind of food, your spirits will rise and this burden will drop.
B Vitamins Unlock Energy
To that end, for the body to work and heal itself, it needs energy, and so much of this energy comes from the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins found in foods. But for the nutrients in these foods to be released they must first go through a series of chemical changes before the body absorbs them. Most of the B-complex vitamins play an important role in these changes.
Trouble is, B vitamins are water-soluble, meaning they cannot be stored in the body and that you need a continuous supply of them through your diet. Moreover, as they are so readily depleted when under stress, when we are sick or fighting illness, if you can’t meet this supply, as might be the case with your Harm OCD, your lack may be chronic.
You need more energy when you are stressed
Regardless of the cause, when under stress the body requires more energy and when suffering from a chronic lack of B vitamins forces the adrenal glands to produce a quick supply by injecting certain hormones like adrenaline into our system so we can cope. If this goes on for a long time, the adrenal glands can become over-stimulated and before we know it, due to the constant flow of excess adrenaline, our nerve endings fray and we can suffer fatigue on a number of levels. Here, a “little thing” that before might hardly upset us, can seem very frightening, simply because our nerves are so extremely aroused.
Indeed, pitched at a point so severe where even the slightest stimulus, such as unwanted thought, can trigger such a swell of intense emotional reactivity, it can cause us to feel immensely disturbed, as if we really might “lose it”.
Reversing the patterns
Before this we may hardly have realized that with such a fatigue, a tired mind could latch on to all manner of strange and disturbing thoughts, and cause our nerves to react to them with such rapid and severe vehemence as to send shock waves the length of our body – but now so apprised we can now do something about it.
Whether you know it or not, your slide in to nervous fatigue and Harm OCD came over a time, and therefore through reversing the patterns that brought you to this, we can give rise to conditions best suited for health. Prolonged stress, poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle, poor sleep, etc. break down our body and leave us exhausted. Learning to understand what weakens us or makes us resilient can make all the difference. Knowledge is power.
Get wise on your diet!
In truth, provided our organs are supplied with the chemicals they need to make the necessary hormones to combat stress, the body can handle all manner of things.
Nevertheless, stress depletes the body and suffice to say with Harm OCD we are significantly stressed and depleted – and that’s putting it mildly! So we need to make sure we are meeting all its nutritional needs.
It’s commonly held that a balanced diet which includes the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, as well as grains, will give most people all the B vitamins needed. However with Harm OCD, it’s clear, we need greater diligence as to what we’re consuming. Many people do not eat enough fruits, vegetables, or other healthy vitamin B rich foods to get the recommended amounts – so we must make sure that we do. Moreover, processed carbohydrates such as sugar and white flour tend to have lower B vitamin than their unprocessed counterparts, so check your diet isn’t high in these foods: commercial breakfast cereals, white breads, tortillas, white rice, cakes, candy and other “junk food”.
Like the header says: get wise on your diet! A good diet includes carbohydrates with an emphasis on the “complex”, along with healthy fats and proteins. Foods that break down slowly and provide a steady flow of energy, more suited to good, stable moods. Sugar rushes, caffeine fixes, and all the “little lifts” you think that you need, must be revised.
Food sources of Vitamin B:
B vitamins are found in whole unprocessed foods such as fish, poultry, meat, eggs, dairy products, leafy green vegetables, beans, peas, kombucha, whole grains, potatoes, fruits, lentils, chili peppers, beans, nutritional yeast, brewer’s yeast, and molasses.
Vitamin B in Supplement Form:
There’s Basically Eight:
The B-complex vitamins have been described as “a family of nutrients that play multifaceted and essential roles in health and preventing disease”, and there’s basically eight, i.e. thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin or niacinamide (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9) and cobalamin (B12).
Their roles ascribed as follows:
B1 ~ soothes symptoms of depression ~ needed to help convert the carbohydrates we eat into glucose, important for blood sugar control, this has a major impact on anxiety levels
B2 ~ helps alleviate the physical symptoms of stress which are commonly headache and depression ~ increases the capability of the immune system to ward off stress and anxiety ~ needed at a cellular level to convert glucose into energy
B3 ~ functions in the construction of the neurotransmitter, serotonin, which assists in how we react to a stressful situation ~ needed at a cellular level to convert glucose into energy ~ helps keep the skin, nervous system, and digestive system healthy
B5 ~ important in the proper functioning of the adrenal glands, responsible for the production of hormones which regulate stress ~ helps in the production of acetylcholine in the brain, a neurotransmitter that manages concentration and focus in the brain and decreases feelings of anxiety ~ needed at a cellular level to convert glucose into energy ~ influences normal growth and development
B6 ~ needed at a cellular level to convert glucose into energy ~ helps the body break down protein and helps maintain the health of red blood cells, the nervous system, and parts of the immune system
B7 ~ needed at a cellular level to convert glucose into energy ~ helps break down protein and carbohydrates and helps the body make hormones
B9 ~ helps in reducing the effect homocysteine in the brain, a byproduct of some of the brain’s processes which influences how one handles stressful situations (homocysteine, is a known risk factor for heart disease, stroke, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease) ~ helps the cells in the body make and maintain DNA and is important in the production of red blood cells
B12~ plays an important role in the proper functioning and health of the nerves ~ insufficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to irritability, confusion, anxiety and stress ~ Vitamin B12 is needed for normal mental function, and low levels can mimic senility ~ plays a role in the body’s growth and development ~ also has a part in producing blood cells, and how the body uses folic acid and carbohydrates