The Many Faces of Anxiety
by Sue Kira N.D, PTC, DRM, PGD. Clin Nutri.
Anxiety is a multidimensional problem that faces far too many people today, but what causes anxiety? Below is a brief summary of some of the possible biochemical causes and support. Stress, psychological and emotional causes are not addressed here but are extremely important factors that must never be overlooked.
Nutritional deficiencies such as B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, potassium and vitamin C deficiency can all contribute to or exacerbate anxiety symptoms. These deficiencies can be caused by low intake, poor absorption or metabolic disorders and/or stress so the body then requires higher amounts of these nutrients. It is best to not self prescribe otherwise other imbalances can be created. Specific ratios of vitamins and minerals are required for balanced mental, emotional and physical health and well-being.
Allergies and intolerances
There are many common food and substance allergies that influence anxiety, such as food colors, preservatives, gluten or dairy intolerance or allergies. Many people who have been tested for allergies can have intolerances that may have been missed which can aggravate symptoms of anxiety. Food sensitivities that are not allergies can also be a problem, such as being sensitive to sugar caffeine or salicylates for example. For more information on allergies and intolerances please visit this article
Hormone imbalances, especially thyroid levels, can give rise to anxiety symptoms. If a person has an under or overactive thyroid, then anxiety can be one of the many symptoms. Testing for thyroid levels in Australia can leave out many subclinical cases that could otherwise be helped by natural hormone support. PMS can be accompanied by increased anxiety, so balancing hormones in general can be a helpful support.
Blood sugar imbalances
If a person’s blood sugar is not stable, is too high or especially if too low, this will surface any underlying anxiety that may not be otherwise noted. Blood sugar levels are dependent on the types of foods eaten (especially protein and carbohydrates) or how well they are digested as well as proper probiotic (friendly gut bacteria) levels. Another factor is dependent on if the pancreas is functioning properly or not.
Metabolic disorders such as pyrrole (aka pyroluria) are known to lead to an imbalance in specific vitamins and minerals. One of the more common symptoms of pyroluria is anxiety. Pyrrole disorder can be easily tested with a specific urine test and treatment is with specific nutrients. For more information on pyrrole disorder please visit this pyrrole article
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Heavy metal toxicity
Toxicity from heavy metals/minerals can also create imbalances that exacerbate anxiety. Sometimes a basic imbalance in the ratios of non toxic minerals can aggravate symptoms. Testing is best done by hair analysis. Metal and Mineral testing is available via the True Vitality clinic.
Amino acid imbalances
Amino acids are the building blocks or individual parts of proteins. These are the needed co-factors for the production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, adrenaline (epinephrine) and nor-adrenaline (nor epinephrine). Amino acids and neurotransmitters can now be tested by urine to see if there are any crucial imbalances contributing to anxiety.
Other factors that could add to anxiety are: leaky gut syndrome, high copper levels, high histamine levels, other health problems/diseases, previous or current substance abuse leading to metabolic imbalances, reactions to medications, stress, caffeine, alcohol and much more.
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The above is a brief summary of conditions and imbalances that can add to anxiety. For more specific testing and assessments please visit your experienced local health care provider or Sue Kira at True Vitality. Appointments are available in clinic, via skype or phone sessions. For more information please email Sue via the contact page
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