Naturopathy & Nutrition – Food and Mood
The single most important factor that impacts generalised anxiety is what you eat. Food directly alters the structure and function of your brain & your gut (your second brain) and ultimately your mood. Underlying nutritional deficiencies can affect neurotransmitter production and function and thus contribute to mood imbalances.
Foods can increase panic, or foods can have a calming, nurturing and nourishing affect. We can do all the things- pop all the pills, exercise enthusiastically, sleep solidly & water ourselves, but if our food fails us, everything falls apart. Of course, we are not all the same and our reactions will vary, but generally speaking there are the harmers and the helpers when it comes to anxiety and panic.
The ‘harmers’ include caffeine, alcohol and sugars, whilst the ‘helpers’ to emotional health include magnesium, zinc, B6, tryptophan, omega 3 fatty acid..
Specific herbs can also be used to help induce feelings of calm, reduce anxiety, and uplift your mood. These are best prescribed by a naturopath experienced in drug and herb interactions to ensure appropriateness of the herbs for you.
As a lecturer in nutritional biochemistry, Dr Miranda wrote the original nutritional biochemistry course material for Southern School of Natural Therapies (now Torrens). She understands the neurotransmitter pathways and the nutrients and foods required for the production of happy hormones including serotonin, dopamine, adrenalin, noradrenalin & cortisol, and is considered an expert in this field
Test, don’t guess
If necessary, we may require some functional medicine testing to be conducted including MTHFR, pyroluria, adrenal cortex profiling, DUTHC plus, extensive thyroid testing