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Supplements to Aid Anxiety, Part 2. Invite Health Podcast, Episode 599

Supplements to Aid Anxiety, Part 2. Invite Health Podcast, Episode 599

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Nutrients to Aid Anxiety, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 598

Nutrients to Aid Anxiety, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 598

Many Americans suffer from anxiety that impacts their daily lives. They frequently turn to medications to help boost their mood, but did you know that there are nutrients that can help, too?

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

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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.

OCD and the Nutrients Shown to Be Supportive – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 440

OCD and the Nutrients Shown to Be Supportive – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 440

Many people deal with obsessive compulsive thoughts and behaviors that impact their everyday lives. This may be related to OCD. Learn more about this condition and nutrients that may help from Amanda Williams, MPH.

Hot Flashes and Summer Heat – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 376

Hot Flashes and Summer Heat – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 376

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

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As we get into the heart of this summer, we are already recognizing that this is one of the hottest summers on record. But what happens if you are already dealing with some other issues, such as hot flashes? Maybe you are a perimenopausal or menopausal woman and you are dealing with this along with the summer heat. Is there a connection between menopausal symptoms and the seasons? I want to talk all about that today.† 

Does the weather impact hot flashes?

During menopause, women undergo really profound biochemical changes in all aspects of the body. For many women, one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause is hot flashes, as well as night sweats. A lot of women can experience sleep disturbances, mood disturbances and differences in energy. They may begin to gain weight or develop brain fog. For some women, this can last upwards of ten years.†    

We also have to look at environmental factors that may exacerbate this. We can look at things such as seasonal changes and the weather. There have been studies looking at how monthly variations of hot flashes and night sweats, as well as trouble sleeping, can be impacted by the time of year.† 

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One study in the journal Menopause looked at how a lot of women have a greater likelihood of reporting symptoms of more frequent hot flashes and disrupted sleep during the summer in particular. Why is that? This is something that scientists are still trying to hone in on. It’s hard to know if weather plays a definitive role in menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, but we do know that many women going through menopause will find the summer months more challenging. This is because it’s already hot and humid and if you’re having hot flashes on top of that, it can be very uncomfortable.†

Nutrients that can help with menopausal symptoms

There are a lot of different things that we can be doing to support the body as it goes through menopause. Different plant-based phytoestrogens, for example, have been shown to be very beneficial. We can also look at including high levels of antioxidants and key vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D and calcium. Sometimes taking Vitamin D3 every single day, along with a calcium supplementation, can help women fend off hot flashes and many other menopause symptoms.†    

We can look at things that help the body with the proper breakdown of estrogen, such as indole-3-carbinol and DIM. For many women who experience hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, adding these supplements into their routine can oftentimes help them feel much better.†

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In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses how the heat of the summer may worsen hot flashes for perimenopausal and menopausal women. She explains why this may happen and offers recommendations for supplements that can help.†

Key Topics:

  • Statistics on menopause
  • Research on factors that can impact hot flashes
  • Symptoms commonly related to menopause
  • The similarities between symptoms of menopause and symptoms of dehydration

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.