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All About Anxiety

How do you feel most of the time?

Happy and calm….peaceful and looking forward?

Or nervous, fearful and full of worry?

Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry or apprehension, a feeling of un-ease. It can cause physical symptoms such as an increase in heartrate, sweating or panic attacks.

Anxiety can be a normal reaction to the stresses and strains of life but when anxious feelings are prolonged or continuous, they can have a real impact on daily life, we can lose the joy in the everyday or begin to dread special occasions.

Anxiety can have many drivers.

Out of balance sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) can drive anxiety, as can poor gut health via the gut-brain-axis. Anxiety is also one of the symptoms of an under-active or overactive thyroid. Therefore, Functional testing is often advised to establish the root cause so an effective, personalised nutrition plan can be written. Anxiety can also be the result of childhood trauma or trauma as an adult.

If you’re suffering from anxiety, it’s a good idea to:

1) Limit/avoid caffeine (tea, coffee, energy drinks, chocolate). Caffeine can increase anxiety and decrease production of our feel-good neurotransmitter Serotonin. It can also affect sleep which fuels anxiety further.

2) Limit/avoid refined sugar – as it causes blood sugar levels to rise and fall, our energy levels follow the same pattern. When blood sugar crashes, anxiety levels can spike.

3) Assess your gut health – the brain is connected to the gut via the Vagus nerve, studies show that poor gut health ie out of balance gut bacteria and gut inflammation, can drive anxiety and depression. Gut health is also closely linked with neurotransmitter production.

If you’d like to discuss your anxiety further and understand how personalised nutrition can help, please book a free 15 minutes consultation (green button, top of this page) to talk more.

Enjoy Feeding Yourself Well 😊

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