Issues with anxiety
Feel like you're always running in overdrive because of anxiety?
A racing heartbeat, sweaty palms, racing thoughts, shallow breathing...I have been there with anxiety many times so I understand how you feel.
It can feel as though you have an "internal motor" that is always running in overdrive.
There can be many reasons for this - an accident, trauma, stressful environment, having a "Heart Wall" or trapped emotions, or not getting proper nutrition to name a few.
I believe that anxiety can be healed with the right combination of methods and techniques.
The anxiety that you feel is your body's wisdom letting you know something is out of balance.
Understanding the HPA axis
The HPA, what!?
Yeah I know, tricky anatomy terms. Ugh.
Don’t worry, I’ll break it down for you.
It’s called the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis. The hypothalamus and pituitary are located in your brain, and your adrenals are located on top of your kidneys.
So how does this all connect to anxiety, you ask?
Anytime we experience anxiety, it’s the job of the hypothalamus to regulate balance in the body and controls many of the autonomic nervous system functions.
When you have anxiety, the hypothalamus will release a hormone called CRH (corticotrophin-releasing-hormone) which shoots a message to your pituitary gland. Your pituitary gland is the master control center for your endocrine system (a collection of glands that regulates sleep and mood, digestion, hormones, regulate metabolism, etc.).
Are you with me so far? Good.
When your pituitary gland gets this message from the hypothalamus (which links your nervous system to your endocrine system via the pituitary gland), it activates another hormone called ACTH (adrenocorticotrophin-releasing hormone) which sends a message to your adrenal glands.
The adrenals then produce the hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol.
Cortisol is a hormone (also known as a “stress hormone”) that ramps up our physical response to stress and gets us in the “fight or flight” mode.
This also has a direct link to you suffering from anxiety, PTSD, etc.
Whew! That’s a lot of information to take in, I know.
Take a nice, deep breath with me…exhale slowly… and feel your feet on the ground.
Healing your anxiety with herbs
If you find that your mind will not shut off or your have racing thoughts, GABA Plus can be helpful for you to calm your mind.
Oftentimes, NutriCalm is a great choice as B vitamins are quickly depleted by anxiety.
Some helpful formulas for a client when they are dealing with anxiety are - Nervous Fatigue Formula, Pantothenic Acid, or AdaptaMax. These herbs are known as adaptogens and help to rebuild the adrenal glands.