ANXIETY, the Scourge Of The Decade
Anxiety has quickly become a defining mental health issue, whether it has been officially diagnosed or not. Both of my daughters and my son's girlfriend have spoken of the crippling and overwhelming effects an unexplained 'Anxiety' attack, has had on their young lives. Sadly for women, it effects women twice as much as it does men. Even children and young adults are now found to to be more stressed and anxious than ever before.
Some of the symptoms of an anxiety attack can include fatigue, cant stop worrying, sweating or feeling excessively hot, clammy, agitated, heart racing and or palpitations, breathlessness, faintness, inability to focus, or sometimes even being unable to move. Hands may shake , your body feels tense & restless, your mind is plagued with fear and to continue with your work, is out of the question. Such an attack may last up to 10-30 minutes, leaving the person distressed, confused and often embarrassed. Employers, sadly often don't have any idea how to help, or even what is going on; or worst still thinking the employee is somehow pretending or trying to get out of work! Nothing could be further from the truth!
Anxiety is the body's natural response to a threat, and yet the American Psychology Association who did an extensive study found that there was 40% more Americans suffering from Anxiety in 2018 compared to 2017! So why has living become so dramatically stressful compared to before? When my own children first started having an anxiety attack, I had no idea what it was or how I could best help or treat them. In my own personal experience, I had never had an anxiety attack, nor really ever knew anybody personally who had. It was a powerless place to be, to see my own children suffering, and to have no clue how best to help them through it.
Current health professionals are discovering that Anxiety is related to something they call the Gut-Brain Axis. It is now believed that Anxiety is closely related to Food Sensitivities, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leaky Gut and a host of other gut and digestive issues. The common link seems to be the relationship to the vagus nerve, having issues sending messages from the gut to the brain. More traditional approaches to anxiety treatment might include seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist, using cognitive behavioural therapy, or for them to prescribe anti-anxiety medication.
Could this increase in anxiety be related to the increase in GMO foods in our diet; the large amount of highly processed and fast foods that we eat; or foods which are not even foods (like the instant noodles that refused to dissolve in a person's gut); the observance of micro plastic particles being found in our foods (eg. teabags from many previously revered brands have been found to contain plastic) and our oceans (hence the seafood we eat) and our fresh drinking water; or even the increase in the vaccination protocol? As all of these things have found their way into our food chain and hence our bodies, we have witnessed a dramatic increase in young adults and children suffering from food sensitivities, allergies, auto immune diseases and gut related diseases. This ever growing state of dis-health has then coincided with what seems to be a corresponding dramatic rise in Anxiety in women in particular.
Imagine, if through learning the ways your poor gut health triggers your anxiety, that you could discover the root cause, and then eliminate and prevent it from reoccurring! There is a good book called 'The Anxiety Food Solution" by Trudy Scott, which may be a good resource if you or a family member suffers from the debilitating effects of Anxiety. Being healthier and well, allows us to be happier and more productive in our lives, so we need to look a lot closer at all the avoidable things that are preventing this from happening.
11 signs of Anxiety:
1. Excessive Worrying; 2. Feeling Agitated; 3. Restlessness; 4. Fatigue; 5. Difficulty Concentrating; 6. Irritability; 7. Tense Muscles; 8. Trouble Falling Asleep , or Staying Asleep; 9. Panic Attacks; 10. Avoiding Social Situations; 11. Irrational Fears
8 ways to Avoid Anxiety:
1. Eating a Healthy Diet; 2. Consuming Probiotics & Fermented Foods; 3. Limiting Caffeine; 4. Little or no Alcohol; 5. Quitting Smoking; 6. Exercising; 7. Trying Meditation;
8. Practicing Yoga
The above two lists came from www.healthline.com/nutrition/anxiety-disorder-symptoms