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Thyroid Health In Relationship To Women’s Health

Thyroid Health In Relationship To Women’s Health

Women’s health can be impacted with thyroid dysfunction. There are specific signs to look for and if they occur to try using a natural supplement to help balance the symptoms. Read more to find out how you can help your thyroid function in relation to women’s health.

Getting to Know Zinc – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 516

Getting to Know Zinc – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 516

Zinc is the second most abundant mineral in your body, but many people don’t have enough of it. This nutrient is essential for immune health, brain function, heart health and more.

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

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

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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

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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.

The Power of Adaptogenic Herbs – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 447

The Power of Adaptogenic Herbs – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 447

Many of us experience chronic stress that negatively impacts our sleep, metabolism and more. This is why it is important to turn to adaptogenic herbs that can help the body fight stress responses.

Sugar and Mental Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 429

Sugar and Mental Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 429

Studies have shown that the amount of sugar you consume can impact your mental health. This is incredibly true in the US, where the standard diet is overwhelmed by processed and sugary foods.

Long COVID and Brain Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 374

Long COVID and Brain Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 374

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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.

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Many people who have been hospitalized with a COVID-19 infection have been suffering from long-term, persistent symptoms. This is called long COVID.† 

How does long COVID impact cognition?

Previous research indicated that about 30% of COVID survivors have long-lasting cognitive issues and 30 to 40% have psychopathological issues such as depression or anxiety.†  

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A recent study from Italy shows that patients with long COVID suffer from changes to cognitive functions. This can include brain fatigue, trouble with the attention span, issues with solving problems, inability to plan things out, memory loss and even depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These issues often occur within two months of being discharged from the hospital and are still persistent many months later, even ten months after discharge.† 

These researchers found a connection between white matter hyperintensities and memory issues. White matter hyperintensities are pockets of damage in the white matter of the brain that can be seen through brain scans such as functional MRIs. Memory takes place in the grey matter of the brain, which makes up about 10% of the brain, but it does not work without the white matter, which accounts for half of the brain.† 

Another report looked at autopsies of people who died from COVID-19. The researchers looked at their brains and compared the damage that they saw to the damage they see in people who died from Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. There was that much trauma and damage in the brain of people who died from COVID-19. This study noted that about a third of hospitalized COVID-19 patients report outward signs of neurological impairment. For long COVID patients, this included fuzzy thinking, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating and depression.†

Nutrients to help support the brain

There are many supplements that may help to support brain health in long COVID patients. The formula Bio-Curcumin 5-Loxin is great for the brain. 5-Loxin is from the frankincense plant, boswellia serrata. It has been shown to reduce inflammation in the human brain. Bio-Curcumin is a well-absorbed version of the herb turmeric. There have been many studies looking at Bio-Curcumin’s ability to support patients with depression, brain plaque and memory loss. Turmeric has also been proven to restore levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor. When young people go into a deep sleep, they release a lot of this healing factor in their brain and it creates hundreds of new memory cells. As you grow older, you release less brain-derived neurotrophic factor, so you’re replacing fewer and fewer lost memory cells.† 

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Alcar with ALA is another beneficial supplement for long COVID patients experiencing issues with cognition and memory. These are two nutrients that are natural to the human body, but their function declines with age. Alcar is a neurotransmitter in the brain that is involved with brain energy. It is helpful for mood and memory and helps to prevent the death of brain cells. ALA also plays a role in brain energy and memory.†

In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph., discusses the phenomenon of long COVID and details how this can impact brain health for many people. He details new research on the issue and offers recommendations for long COVID patients who are experiencing issues with mood, memory and brain fatigue.†

Key Topics:

  • How cognitive issues relate to the COVID-19 infection
  • Other persistent issues correlated with long COVID
  • How COVID-19 spreads inflammation throughout the body

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.