Anxiety can be a debilitating emotion. While conventional medications are sometimes used alongside psychological treatment, there are a number of biochemical investigations and natural strategies which can be employed to alleviate this disorder:
- studies show that imbalances of germs in the gut can adversely affect brain function, which can trigger anxiety. Urine and stool samples can be used to assess the distribution of germs in the gut and once these disparities are addressed anxiety may be reduced.
- Deficiencies of essential nutrients including zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, fatty acids and protein, not uncommon in Australia and the Western world, are associated with anxiety. Measuring these and appropriately addressing any nutrient deficits can help to calm and reverse uncomfortable emotional responses.
- Food intolerance and diminished digestive function have also been connected with anxiety. Suitable investigation and treatment of these problems may help to diminish anxiety.
- Stress and increased production of a hormone called cortisol can also give rise to anxiety. Targeting the overproduction of cortisol can help to alter the detrimental effects that this hormone might have on robust brain function.
- Free radical stress, inflammation or an overactive immune system and homocysteine, a protein that all of us manufacture but when excessive can be harmful, all have the power to compromise mental health. Quantifying these and managing them with the proper strategies can help to nullify any damage that these chemicals might cause.
- Genes have a powerful effect on brain biochemistry and the production and elimination of neurotransmitters that regulate our emotional states. Genetic testing, incorporated in this programme, is a unique, cutting-edge method, to help us understand the role genetics might play in emotional expression.