What Are The Top Causes of Anxiety?
Anxiety is how your body responds to stress. And at various and occasional times throughout life, we all experience stress that leads to anxiety. It's actually a normal part of life, it's not harmful. However, for some people it can be harmful, their anxiety can cause intense, persistent and excessive fear and worry, which can lead to feelings of terror and panic attacks. These symptoms can be felt by young or old...anxiety is not discriminating.
Intense Anxiety has been associated with:
- Severe depression, which can lead to suicide
- Increased chance of stroke or heart attack
- Difficulty breathing
- Increase in blood pressure
- Stomach issues such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- A weakened immune system
- Brain chemistry imbalance
With so much of our health at stake, we can't continue to simply treat the symptoms of anxiety, we need to find the root problem so we can actually overcome it and be mentally and emotionally healthy.
Top Causes of Anxiety
Doctors, medical and holistic, biochemists and scientists have been working together to come up with those factors that have been at the root of anxiety...some of the things they have learned are...
- At the top of the list is an obvious cause - Intense stress, which can alter hormone balance, metabolism and brain chemistry. Long term stress can be caused by such things as a job or relationship that is toxic and emotionally damaging.
- Like so many other things that it affects, our diet can play a big part in causing anxiety. The foods we consume play a big part in how our brain reacts to stress. In order to function properly we need to avoid refined and over processed foods which increases inflammation, and we also need to explore food sensitivities and low grade infections, (especially mold), which can cause neural inflammation. Other foods that can increase anxiety are:
- too much salt
- bad fats
- Anxiety can run in your family - genetics can be a factor.
- Poor air conditions, from such things as manufacturing, and auto exhaust
- Beauty products
- Cleaning products
- Drinking water
- Prescription drugs
- Lack of exercise has been linked to different kinds of anxiety. It is critical to our overall mental health that we get plenty of exercise - we need to move!
This may not be new information to you, but it's important information that can lead to healthy brain function and a more anxiety free life.