“ Anxiety refers to a state of nervousness, worry, apprehension, or fear. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful circumstances, as it can improve focus and performance in a tense situation. When anxiety is excessive, however, it can induce physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea or headache. If chronic, anxiety can be emotionally disabling, compromise immune and digestive function, and increase risk of cardiovascular disease and other disorders. Correcting underlying imbalances may significantly lessen its severity.” From Genova Diagnostics website, http://www.gdx.net.
Tests from Genova Diagnostics cover the following possible causes of anxiety: (the following are quotes from www.gdx.net.)
- Nutrition: Imbalances in B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, essential fats, or amino acids can significantly increase risk of anxiety.
- Amino Acids: Amino acids are crucial source material for important brain neurotransmitters that stabilize mood.
- Polypeptides: Incompletely digested protein particles from the intestine may enter the system and trigger anxiety in some individuals.
- Allergies: Clinical studies suggest that people with ‘internalizing’ disorders like anxiety are more likely to suffer from allergies.
- Female Hormones: Women are more than twice as likely to have anxiety than men, especially when levels of estrogen and progesterone fluctuate.
- Adrenal Function: Anxiety can trigger increased cortisol output, but can also result from adrenal fatigue and associated adrenalin release.
- Celiac Disease: Immune reactions to gluten contribute to anxiety and depression in some individuals.
- Heavy Metal Toxicity: Exposure to toxic metals such as lead can affect the nervous system, triggering anxiety.
- Fatty Acids: Individuals suffering from anxiety may lack essential fatty acids such as omega-3 EPA and DHA.
- Genetic Predisposition: Increased adrenalin from inherited defects in catecholamine clearance can amplify a person’s response to stress.