Feeling anxious more often than usual or regularly? It might be time for a hormone check-in.
Some of the hormones that play a role in increased or decreased levels of anxiety are estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, oxytocin, cortisol and adrenaline. The drop in estrogen and progesterone that occurs with a women’s menstrual cycle can cause anxiety and other mood symptoms (similarly experienced during peri-menopause and menopause). Low levels of testosterone have also been linked to anxiety because it partially controls the release of cortisol (lower levels can set off a rise in cortisol production).
Symptoms of hormonal anxiety:
Symptoms of hormonal anxiety:
- Restlessness or feeling wound-up
- Being easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty control 'worrying'
- Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness etc)
Three Nutrients for Hormonal Anxiety Support
What you eat plays a huge role in your body's ability to regulate and balance hormone levels. Nutrient-dense foods are going to give hormone regulation support while refined sugar, processed foods, alcohol and high levels for caffeine are going to throw them out of whack.
Three vitamins & minerals that can help reduce hormonal anxiety:
Zinc is an essential nutrient, meaning that your body can’t produce or store it and you need a constant supply through your diet. It’s critical to brain health and the regulation of neurotransmitters, which send messages throughout the brain and body, and hormones (namely our “happiness” hormones: serotonin, and dopamine).
Bonus: it also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Blends High in Zinc:
Shroom Energy, Maca Energy, The Daily Chai, Nutty Chocolate Lover, Choco Banana Hero, Chia Energy Bowl, Greens Immunity Soup
Magnesium, like Zinc, also plays an important role in regulating neurotransmitters. It is believed to affect the hypothalamus (part of your brain), which helps regulate the pituitary and adrenal glands. These glands are responsible for your response to stress.
Blends High in Magnesium:
The Lime Mojito, The Remedy, The Athlete, The Nutty Athlete, Greens Immunity Soup, The Cherry Bomb
Vitamin B6, also an essential nutrient that we get from our diet, can increase GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) production, which decreases nervous system activity by blocking and inhibiting certain brain signals, and is known for producing a calming effect that can help with processing stress and anxiety.
Blends High in Vitamin B6:
Green Beginnings, The Green Mo, The Daily Chai, The Remedy, Greens Daily Dose, The Cherry Bomb, The Pumpkin Patch Soup, Greens Immunity Soup, Sweet Potato Coconut Soup
Three blends picks that are high in all of zinc, magnesium, and Vitamin B6:
The Daily Chai, Greens Immunity Soup, Shroom Energy
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Please talk to your health care provider and/or nutrition expert if you suspect a hormonal imbalance or before taking high dose levels of any supplement.