Anxiety & Depression

The basics of Depression and Anxiety

Depression. Maybe…. You can’t get out of bed. You have a debilitating sadness, and you don’t know why anymore. A dark cloud follows you around. You are grieving still, and it’s been a year or more since your loved one passed. You are crying at the drop of a hat. You’ve had thoughts of suicide. You’ve attempted suicide. You wish you could just end this feeling.

Anxiety. Maybe… Your heart races. Your mouth goes dry. You have numb tongue. Your mind goes blank. You freeze in place. Feelings of impending doom. Excessive worries and fears that you know are irrational, but you just can’t shake. You are hyper-aware of everything going on around you. You feel like everyone is looking at you. You are afraid to leave the house. You are worried that you may have forgotten to turn off the stove, so you go back to check it three times. Your self-esteem has hit rock bottom.

How does depression and anxiety start?

Signs of anxiety and depression start in the gut. The gut is referred to as the “second brain”, where 95% of the body’s serotonin and other neurotransmitters are made. One of the causes of anxiety and depression is a neurotransmitter imbalance. An unhealthy gut environment results in a decrease in the number of neurotransmitters being supplied to the brain.

The brain relies on good fats, amino acids, trace minerals, and B-vitamins to function optimally, which means that proper amounts of good quality foods need to enter the gut, absorb, and metabolize.

Symptoms of depression and anxiety can be brought on by organ dysfunction, such as an overworking or underworking thyroid or adrenal gland.

Immune challenges such as parasites can cause anxiety as well as depression, as they steal your nutrients from the food you are eating, and they excrete toxins in you.

These are the causes. No one is deficient in Prozac.

When should I see a nutrition response testing practitioner?

  • When anxiety and/or depression is affecting your entire life, your relationships with others, your job.
  • What you’ve tried already isn’t working.
  • You are struggling on your own, completely cut off from people even though they may surround you.
  • Your antidepressant is causing side effects, even additional depression or suicidal thoughts.
  • You don’t want to rely on medications.

How will The Nutritional Healing Center handle it?

We use a form of muscle testing called Nutrition Response Testing. We target specifically what nutrients are lacking in the body and feed the body real, quality food. We assist the body to heal the root cause of the problem. Therefore depression and anxiety improve with our Ann Arbor mental health holistic services.