Anxious?

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Gut health | 0 comments

Anxious?

Are you anxious? Well, if you are, you’re not alone.

  • …anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older. 1
  • Anxiety disorders account for almost one-third of the country’s $148 billion total mental health bill in 1999, and currently mental illness is  the most costly condition in America: $201 billion in direct costs in addition to loss of productivity. 2

While many of us are unaware, neurotransmitters in our bodies are the chemical messengers that can have dramatic effects on how we feel, on our behavior and our drive, our outlook and even how we interact with those around us. There are 4 primary and commonly studied neurotransmitters involved in our overall sense of wellbeing: They are dopamine, serotonin, GABA, and acetylcholine.

But let’s talk today more about serotonin because it is our primary “feel good” neurotransmitter; and also the one neurotransmitter most prescribed for anxiety and depression today.

These medications generally fall into a class of drugs called SSRI’s. They are frequently handed out like candy, [A Glut of Antidepressants, New York Times, August 12, 2013] when neurotransmitter support and balance as well as relief from anxiety is entirely possible through a good whole food diet and natural supplements! This course of “treatment” often has a more pronounced effect than the prescription medications.

Why do so many suffer from anxiety and depression today? It’s first important to consider the effects of GMO foods on the human gut. Since 1995, GMO foods – which now make up a large part of the Standard American Diet or “SAD” – contain residues of glyphosate, the active ingredient in herbicides like Roundup which is sprayed on GMO crops as well as others such as wheat at harvest. We eat the GMO crops and the glyphosate passes on to us.

Glyphosate has a deleterious effect on our gut flora by causing them to be unable to break down protein into the 3 amino acids required to make serotonin. Without serotonin we can feel sad and anxious even without reason. Cleaning up one’s gut is paramount to good health, not to mention that it also has a huge impact on our immune system since eighty percent of our immune system depends on healthy gut flora.

All of the body’s neurotransmitters can be supported with a whole food nutrient dense diet.  What we miss is too often times depression and anxiety are rooted in poor nutrition and by eliminating GMO foods and supplementing basic nutrients can make a dramatic difference for those dealing with anxiety and depression.

One of the supplements I use in my practice to help support healthy neurotransmitter function is now available for purchase on deannaobsorn.comCerenity is made by Ortho Molecular and is designed to help support all of the neurotransmitters with B vitamins, 5HTP (a serotonin precursor), Gamma Aminobutyric Acid(PharmaGaba, L-theanine(great for anxiety), inositol (an amino acid that helps with hormone balance), and taurine which is helpful to balance acetylcholine.

Cerenity can be used on a daily basis without harmful side effects or addiction. I use it primarily to help people struggling with anxiety and/or depression and I’ve found it particularly helpful for women in peri-menopause and menopause.

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1 The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders, a study commissioned by ADAA (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,60(7), July 1999.)
2 Mental Disorders Top The List of the Most Costly Conditions In The United States:  $201 Billion.  Health Affairs, May, 2016.

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