It seems like more and more people these days have a tough time managing anxiety. In fact, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America defines anxiety disorders as the most common mental illness in the U.S.
Something, somewhere, is off.
The pressures of life today are so different from those just a generation or two ago. Sure, we have bigger houses, more possessions, and more education and job choice. But on the flip side we suffer from nutritional deficiencies from depleted soil and processed food. We deal with modern stressors like toxins, electronics, and being indoors too much.
So, could anxiety be more than in our minds? Is there a food-mood connection?
Healing Anxiety Nature’s Way
Food mood expert and clinical nutritionist Trudy Scott says a resounding yes to these questions. With her love of rock climbing and traveling the world, she never thought she was a candidate for an anxiety disorder. But as she neared her late 30s, she felt increasingly anxious … to the point where it was debilitating.
Trudy went back to school to become a nutritionist and learned the biochemical reasons why we become over wired and over stressed. Her mission now is to share how to use targeted amino acids like GABA, glutamine, tryptophan, and 5-HTP to reset and rebalance body and mind.
Many of us know to supplement with vitamin D or fish oil, but amino acids are a bit of mystery. I’m so grateful Trudy is here to give us some guidance!
In This Episode You’ll Learn
- nutritional deficiencies commonly linked to anxiety, depression, and other problems
- Trudy’s own story of recovery from severe panic attacks
- why perfectionism and worry might have more to do with body chemistry than your personality
- the underlying causes of anxiety and how to know which are affecting you
- how to find the targeted amino acids for a particular case
- all about the key anti-anxiety amino acids: GABA, theanine, tryptophan, 5-HTP (and others)
- how low vitamin D, low zinc, high copper, and other nutritional factors add to anxiety
- the low zinc and high copper link to postpartum depression
- the potential neurotransmitter issue that leads to cravings
- precautions if taking amino acids on an SSRI antidepressant
- the link between the thyroid and anxiety
- why to take amino acids separately from food
- biochemical reasons some people are introverted or socially anxious
- guidance for pregnant moms who can’t take amino acids (and what to do if you’re nursing)
- the science-backed reason that exercise helps anxiety and depression
- the way an MTHFR mutation is linked to anxiety and how to resolve it
- why detox pathways influence mental health
- and more!
Resources We Mention
- GABA for Physical Tension
- Source Naturals GABA Calm: Why I Recommend It for Anxiety
- Introvert Quiz
- 12 Ways Coffee Impacts Your Hormones
- Serene Science GABA Calm by Source Naturals (125 mg)
- Tryptophan (500 mg mid afternoon or evening)
Other anti-anxiety helps:
Caffeine and coffee alternatives (sigh!):
Could you use help managing anxiety? Have you tried taking targeted amino acids? What were your results?