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1.Are you getting enough sleep?
Sleep is the time when our bodies recharge. According to Dr. Daniel Amen, getting less than seven hours of sleep per day can lead to increased anxiety, increased depression, decreased immunity and increased inflammation.
2. How is your diet? Does it consist of mostly processed food?
The vagus nerve connects our gut to our brain. Since there is a gut-brain connection, anything that affects our gut also affects our brain. Processed food damages our gut and that damage can lead to anxiety and depression as well as other health issues.
Try getting rid of or at least dramatically reducing how much processed foods you eat.
Don’t know how to cook. Take a class. Ask a friend that knows how to cook to teach you.
3. Do you have food allergies or food sensitivities?
See if your doctor will test you for these. If not, try an elimination diet such as the one discussed in The Virgin Diet by JJ Virgin.
4. Do you have dental issues such as periodontal disease or gum disease?
The inflammation in your gums does not remain in your gums. It can lead to chronic inflammation in other parts of your body such as the gut. Go to a biological dentist to get your gum disease stopped or possibly reversed.
5. Do you have digestive issues?
Digestive issues can also cause anxiety due to the gut-brain connection. For more information about this, read The Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha McBride-Campbell.
6. How do you handle stress? Do you have some sort of stress management in your life?
If not, you should start. We live in a stressful world. Stress can take a toll on you physically and mentally. Having techniques in place to handle your stress does a body and mind good. So sign up for a yoga class, learn how to meditate by taking a class or buying a meditation DVD or watching a video on YouTube. Go walking, running or do whatever exercise you like to do.
7. Have you had your hormones checked?
Hormone imbalances can also cause anxiety. Get your thyroid and adrenal glands checked. For more information on what testing should be run, read The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sara Gottfried and The Adrenal Reset Diet by Dr. Alan Christianson.