Anxiety And Depression: America’s New Epidemic

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Chiro Blog | 0 comments

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, as many as 18 percent of Americans, over the age of 18, suffer from some kind of anxiety disorder. That is about 40 million people in the U.S. alone.  Fortunately, these disorders are being recognized and so safe, inexpensive treatments that don’t involve drugs have been developed.

Do any of the following things sound like you?

  • Looks calm on the surface but thoughts are constantly racing
  • Persistent negative thoughts
  • Restlessness
  • Physical symptoms such as muscle tension & headaches

If any of these things pertain to you,  you may be a sufferer of low to high functioning anxiety.  Chances are, you may have already been aware of this but identifying the cause or causes can be the first step in finding the correct treatment.

CAUSES OF ANXIETY

  • Microwaves- No, no the appliance you cook with. Microwaves or EMF (electromagnetic field) is from exposure to cell phones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, baby monitors, smart meters, and cell phone towers.
  • Microflora imbalance in the gut
  • Lack of magnesium. Vitamin D and/or animal based Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Using artificial sweeteners
  • Over consumption of sugar and junk food
  • Exposure to Toxic Mold
  • Improper breathing

TREATMENTS FOR ANXIETY

  • Limit your exposure of items with an EMF. Store your cell phone away from your person, try placing it in a bag or on your desk but try to keep from placing phones in your pockets.
  • Try taking a probiotic to balance your gut micorflora. Also increasing your consumption of yogurt and fermented foods such as kombucha tea, can help keep your gut in good health.
  • Try adding more magnesium, vitamin D  and Omega-3 rich foods to your diet. Foods high in magnesium; spinach, almonds, avocados, bananas, and black beans. Foods high in Vitamin D; Egg yolks, cheese, dairy fortified with vitamin D and fatty fish. Foods high in Omega-3; salmon, flax seed, spinach, walnuts
  • Limit your use of artificial sweeteners
  • Try choosing a healthy alternative to sugar and junk food.
  • Assess your toxic exposures. Do you feel better or worse at home or the office? Do your symptoms improve outdoors and is there a pattern of symptoms?
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Regular movement and try to exercise each day
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy either in person or an online resource
  • Spend more time in natural environments and outdoors
  • Try breathing exercises. One method to try is the Buteyko Method.  It can help minimize anxiety and help your body accumulate CO2.

BUTEYKO BREATHING EXERCISE

Take a small breath into your nose, a small breath out; hold your nose for five seconds in order to hold your breath, and then release to resume breathing.

Breathe normally for 10 seconds.

Repeat the sequence several more times: small breath in through your nose, small breath out; hold your breath for five seconds, then let go and breath normally for 10 seconds.

 

For more information on these topics and how Chiropractic Care can help with anxiety and depression call Reed Chiropractic for a free consultation.  We have two convenient east valley locations:

Tempe

250 W. Baseline Rd. #107

Tempe, AZ  85283

480-785-1355

 

Mesa

6025 E. Mc Kellips Rd. #102

Mesa AZ  85215

480-721-0099

 

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