Anxiety is one of the most pervasive mental health issues affecting millions of people around the world today. Trauma, fears or worries can be contributing factors, as well as a number of mental health issues, personality types, substance use, genetic factors, ongoing stress and physical health issues.
- Inability to concentrate
- Chest pains
- Physical Fatigue
- Pins and Needles
- Frequent use of Toilet
- Hands ⁄ Body ⁄ Legs shaking
- Faintness ⁄ Fainting
- Hot Flushes
- Choking sensation
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is an excessive worry about something happening now or in the future as being unfamiliar or dangerous.
Worrying is a feeling that comes and goes but should not interfere with your everyday activities.
However, a more serious type of worrying can last longer than six months and interferes with your daily activities. This is defined as an anxiety disorder.
This type of disorder may stop you from doing your daily activities, like going to work or school, crossing the street, going shopping. If left untreated, will get worse.
Typically, if you have anxiety, you are likely to also be suffering from depression.
You might be surprised to know that your nutrition and your overall health may also trigger anxiety. For example, not eating regular meals may lead your blood sugar levels to drop.
As well as a diet high in refined carbohydrates, processed food and sugary foods can all lead to increased sugar and insulin levels leading to hypoglycaemia. Adding protein, fat, and fibre to a diet may improve your mood and concentration.
The gut plays an especially important role in promoting or exacerbating anxiety and depression. When your gut flora is disrupted, a number of cognitive functions emerge like anxiety, depression, and mood changes.
The naturally produced neurochemicals in the body, the neurotransmitters may also be compromised affecting your mood.
The GABA neurotransmitter has calming effect promoting sleep and better processing abilities whilst the Glutamate is an excitatory chemical promoting hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
What can you do?
- Eat healthy food
- Get enough sleep
- Avoid alcohol and coffee
- Avoid junk food and sugars
How can we help?
We can help you, by identifying the root problem and triggers of your anxiety and depression, exploring how your neurotransmitters, gut microflora, vitamin and mineral needs to be supplemented.