Depression or Anxiety – could be all in the gut (not all in the head)!
Many people are surprised when we tell them that their tummy problems are affecting their stress levels, mood and motivation.
- Do you find yourself irritated, not able to feel excited, or constantly thinking negatively?
- Do you have trouble sleeping, your mind won’t stop racing, or you wake too often through the night?
- Do you get anxiety at bed time where you can hear your heart beating while your head is on the pillow?
One single underlying issue can cause all of these symptoms including anxiety, nervousness, depression, or lack of excitement and motivation for life. Stress feels overwhelming, and little upsets cause feelings of anger. Palpitations, excessive heat in the body, tingling in the hands or feet, irritable bowel syndrome, foggy brain and lack of concentration, can also be present. Often these symptoms have been going on for months, years or even decades. You may suffer just a few of the above symptoms or perhaps all of them.
The cause has been found in the gut and seems to be widespread throughout the community. It is a malicious infection mainly picked up from travelling overseas, or having contact with someone who has travelled which is often only detected in specialised testing. This infection has been shown to release a neuronal toxin, affecting the nervous system physically and mentally. It has not often been associated with mental health conditions even though studies are available showing its impact on the brain. It can be passed on from person to person very easily, and so more than one person in a household may be suffering from similar symptoms and both may be affected.
Your digestive issues could be affecting your mood. We can help
Mental health is a very important part of your health.
Imbalances in neurotransmitters in the brain can cause symptoms such as:
- Loss of motivation
- Loss of libido
- Addictive behaviour
- Sugar or alcohol cravings
and many more.
Mental illness such as depression, anxiety, stress, sleep disorders and other psychological conditions are examined from a biochemical perspective, the causes are explored, and treated based on individual situations. Heavy metal toxicity, nutritional deficiencies, gut infection, allergies, inflammation and a history of stress can all be triggers.
You may have heard of some of the many brain neurotransmitters that include serotonin and dopamine, all of which need to be in balance for you to feel happy, calm and content. These brain neurotransmitters can become imbalanced when we go through stress (especially chronic continued stress), when we are suffering nutrient deficiencies and when we eat a poor diet. Depending on the case, these imbalances can be corrected using nutritional therapy, detoxification and counselling if required.