Stress is all around us. Everyone deals with it in some form or another. It can affect people very differently depending upon life circumstances, physical health, and other factors.
Stress, anxiety, and depression are among the top complaints presented by new patients in our office. It can impact all members of the family. Most moms are under exponential amounts of stress. They are constantly running around with their kids, taking them from one function to another while trying to hold down a job, keep the house clean, get dinner on the table, make sure that the laundry is done, and still find some time for themselves (which usually doesn’t happen, because they are collapsing into exhaustion at the end of the day, completely burnt out, wondering if they are doing a good job).
Kids are susceptible to the negative effects of stress as well. In this day and age, there is no longer such a thing as coming home from school, doing a little bit of homework, and going outside to play with their friends for a few hours until dinner time. Now it seems that their schedules are even busier than ours. Sports are no longer relegated to one season but played all year round with early pressures of future scholarships hanging on every game. This occurs in every aspect of their lives, whether it is music, dance, sports, or other clubs and activities. Not to mention the obvious expectation of maintaining a near perfect GPA. This is all on top of negotiating puberty, social media, and peer-to-peer interactions and pressures.
Anxiety effects a lot of us on a daily basis. It may cause a racing heart, turning stomach, dry mouth and can even prevent you from getting simple thoughts together. Feelings of paranoia can arise, making you feel like you are constantly being judged. This can make life seem like a constant struggle. Just getting out of bed in the morning can be an overwhelming task. You may find yourself reacting to the slightest things (even though you know you're overreacting, you can't help it). It doesn't always stop there. When depression strikes, all hope seems lost and unobtainable. This can lead to a total "paralysis" in life and can cause a person to shut down mentally and emotionally.
Although life is full of stress, we all respond to it differently and get through it in different ways. Despite all the pressures we have put on ourselves as a society, it seems that some are able to handle them better than others. These people just seem to flow through the day effortlessly, while the rest of us consider ourselves lucky if we remembered to brush our teeth in the morning. This increased pressure contributes to ever increasing amounts of anxiety. Unfortunately, the medical answer to this is to put the anxious and depressed on dangerous psychotropic drugs that never really get to the cause of the problem. In many cases, these drugs just create a “disconnect” that causes people to just zone out in life (all of these types of drugs have dangerous side effects, including suicide).
So, what does all of this have to do with Nutrition Response Testing and Chiropractic? Many times, there may be an underlying nutritional deficiency or nerve interference that is keeping the brain and body from responding appropriately to stress. Most people, including doctors, are unaware that 95% of your serotonin and other neurotransmitters are actually produced in the gut. If your digestive tract is unhealthy (from, for example, repeated use of antibiotics that destroy your normal gut microbiome, among other things), you may suffer from a decrease in the number of neurotransmitters that are available for the brain to use.
There are a number of additional reasons why a person may experience depression or anxiety. The brain requires good fats, cholesterol, minerals, and other vitamins to function properly. You may be missing some of these things in your diet. Even if you are eating the right things, your body may be unable to digest and absorb them properly. Organ dysfunction, such as that of the thyroid and adrenals, can cause anxiety or depression. Even parasites may be causing these psychological issues. In fact, some of the most recent research is looking at links between schizophrenia and parasites in the body. These symptoms don’t occur because you have a deficiency of anti-depressants.
If you are looking for a way to help improve how your brain and body respond to stress and anxiety without having to resort to dangerous, sometimes life-threatening, psychiatric drugs, we may be able to help. We do this by designing a program to improve how your body is functioning so that you can be the optimum version of you. We help the body get to the root causes of your problems, not just mask over the symptoms. So, although it may seem as if your depression and anxiety is unresolvable, there is hope.