Today we’re talking about some of the root causes of mental health like anxiety, ADD, and depression. We’re going to discuss some of the symptoms, but it is important to know that depression and anxiety are not diseases. They are imbalances. We’ll discuss what causes these imbalances, such as your lifestyles and diets. We’ll later discuss some remedies and things you can start today.
Symptoms of anxiety (02:46)
If you are experiencing these symptoms, don’t walk away thinking I have these problems. I want you to walk away with the tools to help you resolve these problems and recognize what may be causing it. Here are some symptoms of anxiety:
- are you excessively worried?
- constantly agitated or irritable?
- Are you always on edge?
- can’t sit still?
- constantly fatigued?
- difficulty concentrating?
- tense muscles?
- Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?
- Do you have panic attacks?
At the root of all this, I believe is a gut issue. Leaky gut, constipation, gall bladder issues are all creating an imbalance that affects how well we create serotonin. This is the neurotransmitter that makes us feel good. Without the proper amount of Serotonin and Dopamine( the transmitter that makes us feel satisfied) in your body, we have a difficult time balancing these emotions. Too often we are trying to correct the symptoms with behavioral modification than treating this as a nutritional modification. The challenge is we are not looking at the gut for anxiety. For the long term fix, we need to make changes in the gut.
Gut health Problems causing depression (11:41)
A huge part of these imbalances is GMO foods. There is one specific ingredient from GMO foods called glyphosate. This is a chemicalized ingredient is what is used in raid and insect repellent. It is also destroying the inside of our gut. Eliminating as much GMO food as you can and going organic is important.
14:46 We also need to get our toxins out of our body through drainage–meaning we need to poop! We need to have one good bowel movement daily, but ideally 2-3 movements a day. You can take an organic acid test, which is a urinary test that helps show what is specifically going on in your body. It is an easy test to take, and may cost $200, but is vital to determine specific details on your gut health that can help you be more regular.
We want our brains to be healthy, and to properly drain it, we need to get enough sleep. If your brain remains inflamed overnight, this can help exacerbate anxiety. Often yawning is described as how your body cools your brain. If you start taking 3-400 mg of magnesium at night, this can help you gain your sleep back. I prefer taking magnesium lactate as it helps get into the brain and into the body. I also recommend staying away from magnesium oxide.
What are the causes to make serotonin transmitters? (19:29)
A diet that is high in carbohydrates and high in sugar is a big problem. It is burning up our neurotransmitters, causing more inflammation in the gut. These issues plus putting stimulants into the body, and more blood sugar imbalances all continue to help feed the symptoms of anxiety.
The more sugar we use, the more it releases serotonin and makes us feel good. But if we have high serotonin levels it goes down quickly. You want to feed your hormones with good fats. One other key nutrient we need is tryptophan. This is required to make serotonin. A popular place this amino acid comes from is turkey, eggs, cheese, nuts, and seeds and other meat products.
The second issue we need to address in helping anxiety is the drugs and medications we take. Specifically, I am talking about antibiotics. Antibiotics definitely create an imbalance for gut flora. When we do use antibiotics we need to have a specific plan on how to rebuild our gut flora. The good news is that if you notice anxiety symptoms occurring after taking antibiotics, you can confirm this issue is more gut-related.
It is common for our lifestyle to affect our health. The biggest lifestyle factor that leads to anxiety and depression is based on the quality of sleep we are getting. Our phone and screen time at the end of the day can affect how well we sleep at night. Your phone creates a blue light that triggers serotonin to prevent the release of melatonin.
As we overuse our bodies, we overexert our hormones and our bodies start using Cortisol, our fight or flight hormone. Constantly using this hormone does not allow our bodies to recover properly.
The first remedy is often overlooked, but is an action you can take immediately: start a daily morning meditation or prayer. You can try using breath work when you need it the most.If you don’t practice it, then it may not seem useful.
Once you have practiced this, you can incorporate the 7-1-14 breathing method. Most people do the opposite (breathe in and the belly shrinks). This is called a stress breathe, which can increase the tension in your body. Take relaxing breaths by breathing in through your nose, and you’re going to breathe through your belly. Place one hand between your belly and pubic bone and the other on your chest. Take a deep breath and the first hand that moves should be the hand on your belly button. Then you can fill up your chest. You will hold this breath for one second then breathe out through your nose. You will inhale for a certain amount of time, if you breathe in for 3 seconds, hold for 1 second, then release for 6 seconds. The goal is to get to a 7-1-14. This means you are only going to take 2-3 breaths per minute. If you can slow exhale, you cannot be in sympathetic dominance, and learn to take yourself out of your stress.
Other takeaways from today are to get your gut tested with an organic acid test, additionally stool tests may help determine if you have a parasite. You also need to replenish depleted nutrients from your diet. Some of the more important supplements you need to get back include Trace Minerals B12 in the morning, and magnesium lactate before bed. Also, make sure you are getting about 20 minutes of sunshine every day. Additionally it will help to reduce the amount of blue light at night before bed to make sure you are getting a full night’s sleep.
I also recommend an herb called cava. Do not get the synthetic, alcohol-based cava that is bad for the liver. I use a water-based Cava from Medi-Herb. I call this the “chill out pill.” It is also important to identify when you are wound up. If you are start practicing your breathing, take Cava, and take some of these supplements.
Most importantly, get with a provider to figure out what works best for you and to see what works for you.