What’s Causing your Anxiety?

Do you experience anxiety, depression, or panic attacks? Anxiety is often a symptom of underlying health problems. One major indicator that your anxiety might be related to your gut health is if the anxiety seems to occur sporadically, not connected to current life events.

Our brain is a very important organ, and one in which sends messages to every part of our bodies. Our physical ailments affect our mental health and our mental ailments can affect our physical health. Anxiety is often one of the first symptoms that arise when something is going awry within the body. For example, gut bacteria imbalances, autoimmune disorders, and thyroid problems all commonly produce symptoms of anxiety.

Sometimes anti-anxiety medications are actually masking underlying health conditions. Once physical issues are worked through, then anxiety can be resolved. Fortunately, getting to the root cause of your anxiety/depression can help improve symptoms, improve emotional stability, and improve overall health and wellbeing.

Here are a few common health problems that often have symptoms of anxiety, mood issues, or depression.

Hashimoto’s/Thyroid Problems

Anxiety and depression are both common symptoms associated with thyroid problems. MTHFR mutations create an inability to effectively detoxify resulting in toxin buildup. Unfortunately, the thyroid is very sensitive to toxicity. Thus, individuals with MTHFR mutations have a predisposition for thyroid issues.
Click here for information on healing the thyroid.

Thyroid hormones help balance our mood neurotransmitters (serotonin, GABA). If your thyroid isn’t functioning properly than these neurotransmitters can get off balance resulting in mood issues and anxiety. B Vitamins are important for balancing thyroid hormones, and help keep the thyroid regulated and in check. If your thyroid hormones are imbalanced due to a lack of methylation, an MTHFR Friendly B Complex can help improve thyroid health. Click here for BiomeIQ’s Mood Plus which can be taken daily to help reduce anxiety and stress and to promote a healthier, more positive mood.

Poor Gut Health

The health of your gut is directly connected to the health of your brain. Think about how you feel when you are anxious. Certain sensations such as feeling butterflies or having a knot in one’s stomach might indicate anxiety. The gut is constantly sending messages to the brain, contributing to mood and emotions. Gut infections and bacterial imbalances both commonly create symptoms of anxiety.

One recommendation for improving anxiety: take Magnesium before bed. We recommend Magnesium Glycinate as one of the best forms of Magnesium for aiding in quality sleep. Magnesium Glycinate relaxes the brain, supports brain health, mental functioning, and a healthy mood. BiomeIQ’s Pure Magnesium Chelate can be added into a bath before bed, and the Magnesium will be absorbed through the skin. 

Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO)

SIBO is a bacterial imbalance that occurs when bacteria within the small intestine becomes overgrown with bacteria. The excess bacteria grow from a combination of poor diet, stress, toxicity, and use of antibiotics. This affects the way the body absorbs nutrients, and a lack of essential nutrients can lead to many symptoms. A few common symptoms include anxiety, depression, weight gain, mood changes, and fatigue. Read our article on SIBO here.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS typically brings about nausea, bloating, stomach pain, cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. These symptoms often increase anxiety. When the colon is undergoing major stress, the nervous system responds and generates anxiety. What causes IBS? Chronic stress, gut infections, and bacterial imbalances such as SIBO. Fortunately, implementing digestive enzymes into your supplement regimen can help improve gut health and IBS symptoms. Click here for more information on digestive enzymes.

COMT Mutations

COMT (Catechol-O-Methyltransferase) mutations affect the rate at which catecholamines are broken down. Catecholamines are the neurotransmitters: dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. With no mutations present, COMT enzymes add a methyl group from SAMe onto the dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine molecules which helps them break down and change into other substances. When these catecholamines aren’t being broken down at a proper rate, adrenaline begins to build up within the body. Having slower breakdown speed for these neurotransmitters results in feeling chronically stressed and anxious. Click here to read more about COMT mutations.

Food Sensitivities

Food sensitivities also contribute to anxiety and depression. The foods we put into our bodies, directly affect our mood and gut health. Even healthy foods can be problematic; however, the most common food sensitivities are to gluten, dairy, sugar, and processed foods. One way to combat anxiety is by removing the foods your body is sensitive too. Testing for food sensitivities is one of the easiest and most effective ways to discover your bodies problematic foods. Click here to learn more about food sensitivity testing.

Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation oftentimes brings about mental health symptoms. Chronic inflammation easily damages the brain and nervous tissue which can cause anxiety, depression, mood swings, irritability, and brain fog. For individuals with MTHFR mutations, we often become inflamed due to our inability to efficiently detoxify. When our body is overloaded with environmental toxins, inflammation develops. Fortunately, we can help our bodies detoxify through an MTHFR Friendly liver detox. Click here for more information on detoxification.

Estrogen Dominance

Hormones directly affect our mood, therefore, having a hormonal imbalance oftentimes alters our mood. Estrogen Dominance occurs when the body has too much Estrogen relative to Progesterone. This hormonal imbalance commonly produces symptoms such as anxiety, depression, migraines, brain fog, insomnia, mood swings, PMS and fatigue.

Estrogen dominance is commonly seen with MTHFR mutations because of the role methylation has in eliminating estrogen from the body. Our methylation deficiency makes it harder to remove Estrogen resulting in it re-circulating throughout the bloodstream. Estrogens can be encountered throughout our day to day lives in heavy metals, birth control, and plastics. Click here to read our article on Estrogen Dominance.

If you have excess Estrogen, one tip is to reduce your exposure to these environmental Estrogens. Additionally, try supplementing with Calcium D Glucarate to efficiently remove Estrogens from the body. BiomeIQ’s Calcium D Glucarate plus gets Estrogen Dominance under control and adds in Super Oxide Dismutase which reduces inflammation.

It’s important to be aware of the various health conditions that contribute to symptoms of anxiety and depression. Instead of just accepting the anxiety, you can look towards the root cause and begin healing your gut which in turn improves mental health. For more information on anxiety and MTHFR mutations, click here.

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Have questions regarding what supplements to take and lifestyle changes for MTHFR? Email us: health@mthfrexperts.com. Or click here to schedule a free 15-minute consultation call with our MTHFR Experts. We are happy to answer your questions and to help you get on the right path towards feeling better.

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