Anxiety and depression are a normal response to the stressors of life, but if it persists tiredness, poor concentration, disturb sleep and appetite are common. People who have gone through adverse life events (unemployment, bereavement, psychological trauma) are more likely to develop ongoing symptoms. Depression is a major health problem and at its worst depression can lead to suicide. In Australia, in 2016 to 2018, suicide was the leading cause of death in 15 to 44-year-olds.
Anxiety has risen exponentially in recent years, more than one in ten Australians currently live with an anxiety disorder and 28 per cent of people will suffer from an anxiety disorder at some time during their life. There are a number of issues which can contribute to anxiety, from diet, low nutrient levels and toxic exposures. When you feel anxious or stressed, whether it’s physical or psychological, your brain thinks it’s in danger and sends signals to your cells to release potent stress hormones.
Contributor to Anxiety and Depression
There has been a rise in anxiety and other mental health disorders such as depression with the chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from mobile phones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, baby monitors, smart meters and other Bluetooth devices, and research shows this exposure can have a direct influence on your mental health.
The reason your mental health is so easily influenced by EMFs, is due to the brain being activated. As it causes a major disruption in neurotransmitter and hormonal balance that can radically increase the risk for not only anxiety and depression, but also autism and Alzheimer’s. Research reveals that EMF exposure causes biological damage, especially nerve cells, triggering an inflammatory cascade effect that causes oxidative damage. This impairs your body’s ability to detoxify, and significantly reduces immune response, weakening your response to viruses, pathogens and infection.
Take the steps to minimise your exposure and DNA damage and reduce the risk of chronic illness. If you or someone you love struggles with anxiety or depression, it would be wise to take whatever steps necessary to minimise your exposure to mobile phones, portable phones, Wi-Fi routers, smart metres, wireless computers and tablets, especially exposures at night while you are sleeping.
How Stress Influences Anxiety
While genetics, brain chemistry, personality and life events play a role in the development of anxiety disorders, stress is one of the most common triggers.
Anxiety is a normal response to stress, but in some people the anxiety becomes overwhelming and difficult to cope with.
Other Common Contributing Factors
Aside from stress, improper breathing and excessive exposure to microwave radiation from wireless technology, a number of other situations and underlying issues can also contribute to anxiety. This includes but is not limited to the following, and addressing these issues may be what’s needed to resolve your anxiety disorder:
• Food additives, food dyes, artificial sweeteners, GMOs and glyphosate. Food dyes of particular concern include Blue; Green; Orange B; Red; Yellow; and the preservative sodium benzoate.
• Gut dysfunction caused by imbalanced microflora. This is often a result of eating too much sugar and junk food
• Lack of magnesium, vitamin D, B vitamins and omega-3 (fish oil, flax seed oil)
• Exposure to toxic mould and other toxins.
Restore your nervous system
1. EFT — A Potent Non-Drug Treatment Alternative
Another potent treatment alternative is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), by gently tapping on specific energy meridian points in your body and using verbal affirmations, you can reprogram how your body responds to stress, thereby lowering your anxiety. EFT can be a powerful intervention for stress and anxiety, it specifically targets your amygdala and hippocampus, which are the parts of your brain that help you decide whether or not something is a threat.
2. Regular exercise and daily movement
In addition to the creation of new neurons, exercise boosts levels of potent brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress. Many avid exercisers also feel a sense of euphoria after a workout, sometimes known as the “runner’s high.” It can be quite addictive, in a good way … once you experience just how good it feels, to get your heart rate up and your body moving.
3.Optimising your gut microbiome
Gastrointestinal abnormalities have been linked to a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety and depression. It is now well established that the vagus nerve is the primary route your gut bacteria use to transmit information to your brain, which helps explain why mental health can be so intricately connected to your gut microbiome. Fermented foods have been shown to curb social anxiety disorder in young adults.
4. Lowering your sugar and processed food intake
Research shows your diet can have a profound effect on your mental health. Pay particular attention to nutritional imbalances known to contribute to mental health problems, such as a lack of magnesium, vitamin D, B vitamins and animal-based omega-3 such as sardines, wild-caught Alaskan salmon and/or krill oil. Studies have demonstrated that diets high in fresh produce and healthy fats significantly reduce and can help prevent depression. Conversely, diets high in refined carbs and processed foods are associated with an increased risk.
5. Nature therapy and listening to nature sounds
Spending more time in natural environments has been shown to lower anxiety. Nature sounds also have a distinct and powerful effect on your brain, lowering fight-or-flight instincts and activating your rest-and-digest autonomic nervous system. Nature sounds also produce higher rest-digest nervous system activity, which occurs when your body is in a relaxed state. Listening to nature sounds can also help you recover faster after a stressful event. Seek out parks, or create a natural sanctuary on your balcony, or indoors using plants and an environmental sound machine. YouTube also has a number of very long videos of natural sounds, which you could simply turn on while you’re indoors.
6. Herbal medicine
Herbal antidepressants can reduce mild to moderate depression and anxiety, improve mood, energy levels, mental clarity and positivity. The most popular herbal antidepressants are:
St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum): Studies show that St. John’s wort appears to be as effective as antidepressants in treating mild to moderate depression and improves mood.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Lavender can be of therapeutic benefit in the management of mild to moderate depression, and studies show they can be used in conjunction with anti-depressants.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis): Clinical trials show that lemon balm can decrease depression along with anxiety, stress and sleep disorders.
Oats seed (Avena sativa): Oats seed has a reputation for relieving depression and cravings in those who are attempting to break addictions.
Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea): In a 2020 clinical trial Rhodiola improved the quality of life and symptoms of depression.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): Depression, sleep, anxiety and memory improved in a recent trial with university students.
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