In times like this "Anxiety" and "Depression" are words we've all felt - some more that others!
Anxiety - is your body's natural response to stress. It's a feeling of fear or apprehension about what's to come.
Depression - is a mood disorder that causes persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to several emotional and physical problems.
The National Institute of Mental Health states: Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. And that 18% of the population struggles everyday with anxiety . . . and depression going hand in hand.
I can only imagine what that percentage is today. So other than the obvious stress of today's currents events . . . what "really" causes Anxiety?
Well, first of all "Dehydration"!!!! How many of you saw that one coming?
Did you know that 75% of all Americans are chronically dehydrated on any given day?
And that when the body becomes dehydrated - it starts to malfunction. Lack of adequate water intake reduces blood flow which decreases the bloods ability to supply "Hormones" to the body correctly. Dehydration also makes muscles tense and your brain experience weakness and change.
One hormone in particular that is affected by dehydration is the "STRESS" hormone, "Cortisol". When this hormone is elevated it can cause anxiety, trigger mood swings and depression, it can impair the immune system, decrease bone density and increase weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease.
And all because we didn't drink enough water!
When these cortisol levels are too high they build up in the blood and wreak havoc on our mind and body.
So what else can cause Anxiety?
Well, second would be low levels of B vitamins, iron, vitamin D, Selenium, Magnesium and Omega 3 fatty acids in the body!
Third would be and also one of the most important causes . . . "Lack of GOOD bacteria" in our gut (our digestive tract). Without this good bacteria (our army of defense) we can not survive.
And how do we replenish our good bacteria . . . by taking "Probiotics" One of the biggest benefits of probiotics, which there are many . . . are their effect on anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders.
So the question still remains, "what can we do to ease up our feeling of Anxiety?"
Well, first and foremost . . . DRINK MORE WATER and TAKE PROBIOTICS!!!!!
And then, here are just a few "Feel Good" foods that will replenish low levels of B vitamins, iron, vitamin D, selenium, magnesium and omega 3s
These are all "Feel Good" foods that release more serotonin and dopamine (2 chemicals) in the brain to help control anxiety
And remember the super powerhouse antioxidant I spoke about yesterday in my Health Tips . . . well, low levels of that antioxidant also cause Anxiety! So please make sure you go back and read that tip!
So one more thing before I go . . . we spoke of the "Feel Good" foods but what are some of the food that enhance Anxiety? What should we AVOID?
high-fat dairy products