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Healthy Tips for the Holiday Season, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 601

Healthy Tips for the Holiday Season, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 601

Subscribe Today! Please see below for a complete transcript of this episode. HEALTHY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON, INVITE HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 601 Hosted by Amanda Williams, MD, MPH. *Intro Music* InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro: [00:00:04] Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our degreed 

Birth Control Pills and Vitamin Deficiencies – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 514

Birth Control Pills and Vitamin Deficiencies – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 514

If you’re taking a birth control pill, you may be losing important nutrients that your body needs to function properly.

Feeling Anxious? Consider These Nutrients – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 466

Feeling Anxious? Consider These Nutrients – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 466

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When it comes to feeling anxious, many people have experienced this from time to time. But, there is a big difference between feeling anxious because of a big test or interview and living with anxiety on a regular basis. Today I want to talk about a few different nutrients that can zero in on those who are dealing with more chronic states of anxiety.†

What is anxiety and how does it exist in the body?

We know that anxiety is a normal response to stress. It does actually serve a purpose in the body. It can help us with the fight or flight response so we’re not putting ourselves into a dangerous or harmful situation. When that anxiety becomes more of a commonplace occurrence, then we fall more into the category of an anxiety disorder. We’re not just having a moment where we’re feeling anxious. This is the big difference.†

When it comes to anxiety disorder, this is usually broken down into three different categories. You have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which can also tie into different phobias and social anxiety disorder.†

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We know that anxiety disorders in general develop through a complex interaction between the brain and the body’s stress response network. This brings us to our adrenals and the HPA axis, as well as the GI system. We have to understand the functional role that our microbiome actually plays when it comes to regulating our anxiety.†

How to help when you’re feeling anxious

Most people who are told by their doctor that they have anxiety are usually given a prescribed medication. The problem is that many people who are anxious sometimes don’t take the medication because then they have the worry of what the medication might do to them or they might not be responsive to the medication, meaning that when they use it, it may not be doing much for them. This can drive up more of that anxiety.†

We want to make sure that we’re doing the right things to help fight anxious feelings. We should be getting adequate sleep, exercising and taking in the right nutrients every single day. There is a whole list of different nutrients that can be beneficial when it comes to targeting anxiety, including B-vitamins.†

Methyl-B would be a great option to have on board. The mineral magnesium is helpful for relaxation, so the Magnesium Glycinate would be a good option to take in the evening before bed. We can look at the amino acid theanine, which has its role in terms of mimicking the primary calming neurotransmitter, GABA.†

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We can look at how the GI tract is so involved in anxiety disorders, so taking a good, comprehensive, multi-strain probiotic along with the prebiotic, such as the Probiotic Hx, would be your go-to. This allows you to lay down good, healthy microbes to allow for the proper regulation of neurotransmitters throughout the GI tract.†

I also want to zero in on 5-HTP, which is 5-hydroxytryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that we can derive from our diet, but 5-HTP is not found in our food. The body takes tryptophan and converts into 5-HTP, which then creates serotonin. We know that 5-HTP as a supplement has been widely-studied for its impact on problems caused by low serotonin levels. This includes issues such as depression and fibromyalgia. When we look at anxiety, we know that this can be accompanied by issues with mood and low energy states, but we also know that 5-HTP has certainly been shown to be very beneficial for that. When we look at combining that up with other nutrients such as adrenal adaptogenic herbs such as ashwagandha and rhodiola, as well as L-Theanine, using 5-HTP can really yield someone who is dealing with anxiety a whole lot of support.†

In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses what it means to feel anxious and how this issues comes about within the body. She offers recommendations for nutrients that can help with these feelings, focusing especially on 5-HTP.†

Key Topics:

  • How common is anxiety?
  • The dangers of feeling anxious
  • Medications commonly prescribed for anxiety
  • What can trigger anxious feelings
  • Research on 5-HTP

Thank you for tuning in to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting www.invitehealth.com/podcast. Make sure you subscribe and leave us a review! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at InViteⓇ Health today. We’ll see you next time on another episode of the InViteⓇ Health Podcast.

Promoting Healthy Weight Loss with Trim Hx – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 358

Promoting Healthy Weight Loss with Trim Hx – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 358

Poor diet, low activity rates and lack of motivation can all prevent you from achieving your weight loss goals. The good news is that there are supplements like Trim Hx that can help get you back on track.

Targeting Excess Belly Fat, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 354

Targeting Excess Belly Fat, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 354

Fend off belly fat with powerful nutrients that have been shown to help control your appetite, promote fat burning and block the absorption of sugars. Nutrients such as 5-HTP, grape seed extract and more can help target the dangerous fat found on your belly.

Specific Foods and Nutrients That Promote Healthy Sleep – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 265

Specific Foods and Nutrients That Promote Healthy Sleep – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 265

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Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH.

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One of the most underestimated factors in our overall wellness is sleep. It is vital to the entire body. We need to get a restful night of sleep in order to function properly. But why is that and what can you do to help to enhance your circadian rhythms and really support a good night’s rest? Why does that matter so much? That’s what I want to talk about today: what foods and nutrients you can be incorporating into your evening routine for a restful night of sleep.†

Why is sleep so important for the body?

Sleep is incredibly vital to brain plasticity, which is the ability for the brain cells to repair and recover themselves. If we are not getting adequate sleep, then this certainly can lead to issues. People can feel sluggish or depressed. We also know that there are factors such as high blood pressure that have been linked with poor sleep quality. There are a lot of different ways in which our sleep can affect our metabolism, cardiovascular system and mental clarity. We have to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to get adequate sleep.† 

When we look at the statistics, it’s really quite overwhelming. There’s roughly about 70 million Americans who have some form of a sleep disorder. There are reports that 50% of those people who have a disorder report snoring as being one of the main components to the sleep disruption. Sometimes people who snore don’t realize that they are actually waking themselves up because the snoring throws them out of their normal cycles.†    

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When we look a little deeper into it, we can find that people who are not getting restful nights oftentimes will fall asleep during the day. That’s roughly 40% of people who have a sleep disorder. We know that drowsiness or falling asleep at the wheel is responsible for multiple fatalities annually in the United States. We know that insomnia and sleep apnea are major problems. I always encourage people who are experiencing disrupted sleep or problems in their sleep to have a medically evaluated sleep study done at a sleep center, where they can actually see what’s happening through those different stages of sleep.† 

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How to boost sleep using nutrients

What can we be doing to really make sure that our diet includes foods that have really healthy nutrients that can help to promote a healthy circadian rhythm and support those biological repairing processes that have to occur overnight?†    

We want to look towards foods that have naturally-occurring melatonin, such as cherries. Cherries have a really good amount of naturally-occurring melatonin. The cherries that have a higher amount of melatonin happen to be the Montmorency tart cherries. We can also look at other things like kiwi, which is packed with vitamins and minerals. It contains these really lovely amounts that can help to promote sleep. In the evening, before bed, we can have some tart cherry juice or kiwifruit to help us sleep.†

We can also look towards fruits that have tryptophan in it. Tryptophan is this very important essential amino acid that is needed for a variety of different things that are occurring within the body. It’s very important when it comes to the neurotransmitter production of serotonin and from there, we get melatonin. By having foods that are higher in tryptophan, this may help to promote that natural process between those different neurotransmitters and then into melatonin hormone. We can look towards things like chicken, turkey, seeds, nuts and eggs.†  

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If you have a lot of stress in your life, sometimes the brain has a hard time simmering down and allowing you to fall asleep. In those types of settings, it’s always advantageous to consider things like 5-HTP, which is 5-hydroxytryptophan. This is a supplement that you actually take that converts to serotonin. So if someone is having a hard time getting the brain to unwind at night, having 5-HTP on board before bed is very beneficial for many people.†

The other thing that many people overlook that plays a very critical role in the relaxation of everything in the body is magnesium. A good 50% of Americans are low in magnesium. If the vasculature and the skeletal muscles have a hard time with that proper relaxation and following that circadian rhythm, then this can also be a reason as to why one is not getting adequate sleep throughout the night. Having magnesium on board in the evening can be very beneficial.

Hear more of Amanda’s recommendations by tuning into the full podcast episode.     

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