12 May Anxiety: The Mind Body Connection
The Mind Body Connection: how anxiety affects your body and how your body affects your anxiety symptoms.
We all recognize those moments when we start ruminating about things like why the boss wants to see us or why the credit card company is calling. We are all able to think about those moments when we get nervous, start to sweat, shake, feel light-headed or have heavy breathing when we are ruminating or having anxious thoughts. What we don’t know or always recognize is how our body responds internally to anxiety.
Anxiety and serum cholesterol
In a 1996 study by A R Kuczmierczyk, J G Barbee, N A Bologna, M H Townsend found that individuals with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) had higher lipid (fat) levels.
Some studies have shown that higher lipid levels can increase anxiety symptomatology.
Did you know that anxiety increases the risk of cardiovascular disease? READ MORE
Vitamin D3 Connection to Anxiety & Depression
I bet you didn’t know that a vitamin D3 deficiency can lead to instability in your cognition, and be associated with sleep issues and mood swings.
It can also result in feeling agitated, increase your frustration with many minor problems or issues and making it feel like you’re stuck on problems.
A 2017 meta-study showed that vitamin D3 deficiency can be directly linked to depressive disorders.
There’s an increased risk associated with a D3 deficiency in people with depressive disorders.
Microbiota and Anxiety
Did you know that your gut biome not only helps you digest and break down food and nutrients but it also has been shown to have a significant connection to anxiety?
Vitamin D3, microbiota and physical health
Did you know that vitamin D3 affects the functioning of the central nervous system?
That a vitamin D3 deficiency is linked to an increase in cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and diabetes.
In a study where the subjects had a vitamin D3 deficiency and received supplementation of vitamin D3 as well as a healthy nutrition program, they saw a decrease in their fatty mass, body weight and body mass indexes.
As a result, the study recognized that improved vitamin D3 levels and microbiota modulation improved physical health as well as emotional stability.
Are you aware that vitamin D is important for your overall gut health?
Gut Health and Anxiety
Several meta-studies have shown a clear correlation between gut health and anxiety symptomatology.
It is believed that this is due to the gut-brain connection that exists.
That’s right!! Your gut talks to your brain, through a bi-directional system between your gastrointestinal system and your brain.
The stress hormone cortisol has a significant impact on gut health but also inflammation which can also impact overall gut health.
What action can you take to improve your Mind Body Connection?
Take note that you can seek out the help of other professionals as well as educate yourself on how your environment can negatively or positively impact your mind body connection.
What action can you take to improve your gut health?
Talk to your medical professional and ask to have your vitamin levels checked.
Improve your diet! This can also help improve your overall mental health and physical health.
Remember you are what you eat!
Is there anything else that you can do?
Yes, you can seek out assistance from a holistic therapist or counsellor.
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About the Author
Lance Jackson, MSW, RSW is a social worker with over 20 years of experience in the field of Social Work. Throughout his graduate program, he wrote several papers linking the impact of diet and nutrition on oncology and oncology treatments. He is a consummate student, always learning and expanding his knowledge. As an individual with several autoimmune issues, he understands the importance of holistic healing.