Nowadays, anxiety is one of the commonest mental conditions in North America. Just in Canada, 12% of the population suffered from it. There are different anxiety disorders, such as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), social anxiety, GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), specific phobias, and depression. The symptoms of anxiety can vary greatly from mild to severe panic attacks, including excessive worry, nervousness, insomnia, and gastrointestinal symptoms. Other symptoms are excessive sweating, rapid heart rate, muscle tension, cold and hot flashes, and suicidal thoughts.
For treatment of this problem, doctors usually prescribe medications such as citalopram, which is a serotonin inhibitor used for a treatment of depression too. Moreover, benzodiazepines are another line of drugs used to treat anxiety, but usually, they are used to manage not so severe symptoms.
There are no identical cases of anxiety, meaning that each case should be approached differently and to find out the complete history of it. Details about past medical history of diet, sleep, and digestive symptoms are obligatory. The most important thing is to find the root cause of this problem.
The 5 Root Causes of Anxiety
Stress is affected by cortisol production and it’s connected with adrenal fatigue, leading to the incapacity of the body to manage stress in the right way. Instead of cortisol production, the adrenal glands depend on noradrenaline and adrenaline for dealing with stressful events. Both of the hormones put the person in the flight of fight state and results in mental worry, muscle tension, dry mouth, rapid heart rate and respiration.
Hypoglycemia and Malnutrition
Vitamins, protein, and minerals are essential for the body so it can perform the chemical reactions. If you lack any of these, the process of healing anxiety will be futile. Serotonin, cortisol, and dopamine need tyrosine and tryptophan for the purpose of synthesis. In addition, they need builders in order to create neurotransmitters like iron, magnesium, zinc, and B-vitamins. If you fail to get the enough amounts of these nutrients from your diet, supplementation will be more than necessary for you in order to ensure proper body functioning.
Although serotonin is active mostly in the brain, many studies proved that almost 90% of it is produced in the intestinal tract, which means that any disruption within the digestive cells can lead to mood swings and digestive symptoms such as IBS.
Intestinal problems and foods sensitivities will provoke inflammation within the body that impacts the whole nervous system. It was scientifically proved that overactive immune system and small brain inflammation can lead to mental issues such as depression, memory loss, and loss of concentration.
Being greatly exposed on toxic estrogen, numerous women from North America suffer from estrogen dominance. It’s a condition that is manifested by lack of progesterone or too much estrogen in the body. Its symptoms are fibroids, acne, irregular periods, weight gain, heavy and painful periods, PMS, and increased risk of breast or ovarian cancer. Hormonal imbalance can cause irritability symptoms and can aggravate the already existing anxiety.
Core Beliefs and Mental Schemas
Anxiety sometimes can be a symptom of mental schemes (emotional memories) that are experienced throughout very strong emotions. If are left untreated, they might affect seriously our daily lives.
Holistic Solutions for Anxiety:
Get a thorough history, check the levels of iron, do blood testing, and check the patient’s B12 status
Check for hormone levels (cortisol, progesterone, and estrogen) and food sensitivity
Develop a strategy for stress management, such as reducing work hours and establishing healthy boundaries
Do some stress-free activities like yoga, long walks, and meditation
Include more protein in your everyday diet and reduce sugar and carb intake
Reduce caffeine and alcohol consumption
Balance your hormones by adjusting the dosage for birth control, and limiting the exposure to toxins
Identify your core beliefs and address them with Narrative therapy, Coherence therapy, CBT, and mindfulness training
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