Nutrition Diagnostics - How to Control Health Anxiety

How to Control Health Anxiety


 Anxiety is feeling we all have experienced at some point in our life. Many can experience anxiety when leader is not providing hope and measurable strategy towards a particular health goal.

Upon reviewing our initial interview with a client we have noticed with complex health challenges the client has seen multiple health practitioners 

We fear what we do not know and what is out of our control. This energy is exhausting and does not serve a purpose, ultimately leading to self destruction and ill health.

We have noticed in the COVID-19 Pandemic that the global leaders keep reviewing 'the science' with constant testing, lockdowns, mandates and restrictions to easing of restrictions. The carrot stick keeps moving which leaves some wondering what is really going on, will we ever live with this virus, how does my immune system work and will I be able to protect myself from future variants.

We have invited Kaamna Deo, Psychologist and founder of Asha Psychology to talk about how to manage in times of uncertainty:
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Throughout my clinical work, I notice an overwhelming misconception about therapy, with many believing the experience is akin to popular media depictions seen on television or in film. 

After initial sessions, active therapy usually commences with some Psychoeducation (PE). PE is considered a therapeutic intervention in and of itself whereby systematic and structured knowledge is provided. PE helps to improve client knowledge, facilitate coping and therefore improves treatment efficacy and outcomes (Ekhtiari et al., 2017). This could include psycho education about a particular disorder/s, discussion on how mental health issues develop and appropriate treatment options that might be utilized. This is a common feature of many health focused programs, such as those available at Nutrition Diagnostics

Both private and public clients in Psychology frequently present with depression and anxiety. It is widely known that approximately 26.3% of Australians aged 16 to 85 have experienced an anxiety disorder and 6.2% have experienced an affective disorder (such as depression) in the last 12 months (reference x 2). Anxiety can occur in the context of many different situations, such as navigating new relationships, social situations or within the workplace. 

One element of PE that is particularly relevant in these uncertain times is the Locus of Control (LoC, Rotter, 1954). Locus of Control is the degree to which people believe that they have control over the outcome of events in their lives as opposed to external forces (beyond their influence). 

As you will notice, there are 3 main areas: 

The innermost circle represents factors that you have control over. Essentially, these factors are centered around you - your feelings, your thoughts, your actions.

Influence: The second circle represents factors that you have indirect influence over, such as other people’s choices, actions, a team’s response to change. 

No control: The final circle represents factors that you cannot control. Clients typically concern themselves with a number of factors that they have no control over such as the weather, economy, news or political agendas. Instead, a mindset shift here is required around acceptance and adaptation. 

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As such, therapy and many health programs are geared towards improving what you have control over.. you - your thoughts, your feelings, your behaviour. While there may be aspects of your life that you are passionate about and can influence, there will always be many factors you cannot control, apart from your thoughts, your feelings and your actions.  

When it comes to feeling unwell, sometimes we can feel powerless but there are some key take home messages around what you can do. 

What to Do When You Start to Feel Sick

Despite what the media and politicians are selling, you have to understand that your body has been made by design and it is designed to win.
What we feel is a homeostatic response to your body accommodating to survive.

Immune symptoms can vary:

Viruses usually take 3 to 21 days to incubate.
Due to cortisol hormone changes on rising and on sundown (6pm) you will start to experience an increase of symptoms. The first 3 days is critical to gain immune control.

Nasal Spray

In nasal congestion, the nose is filled with pathogens. The role of nasal spray is to clear the nose of such pathogens - thus reducing the risk of infection into the respiratory system (the lungs). Nasal spray may also relieve symptoms of congestion and provide comfort during a cold or flu.

We recommend combining our PerioMix powder with 1 L Glutathione capsule and 80mls of filtered water to make an effective nasal spray. Click banner to learn more about PerioMix.

Throat Gargle

Perform a throat gargle with The Brushing Solution (being careful not to swallow). The Brushing Solution is typically used as a toothpaste and mouthwash substitute; however, it doubles as an effective cold and flu remedy. This is because it contains hydrogen peroxide and oil of cloves, which have antiviral, antibacterial properties. Killing viruses and bacteria in the throat during the early stages may reduce the severity of the infection and lessen symptoms moving forward into the lungs.

Suck on 2 Capsules of L-Glutathione

L- Glutathione is an antioxidant designed to preserve the integrity of the cells. Thus, glutathione plays a critical role in ensuring the viral capsid does not bind to cells and inject the virus. Glutathione is obtained through diet - specifically from foods like lamb, veal, eggs, asparagus and avocado - however, often only in small amounts. Because of this, it is degraded by protease enzymes. When taken in more concentrated doses in the form of a Glutathione supplement, it is not degraded and has a more significant effect. Administering L-Glutathione sublingually allows it to be absorbed by the body's lymphatics and is more effective and potent than glutathione derived from the diet.

L-Glutathione is available on our online store for practitioner use only.

No Sugar or Starch

While it is advisable to avoid sugar at all times, it is imperative during cold and flu season. Why? Because excess sugar limits the effectiveness of white blood cells - ultimately suppressing the immune system. This is particularly evident in those who suffer from metabolic syndrome, who invariably have a low white blood cell count. It is also known that sugar or glucose consumption will allow bacteria and viruses to thrive.

What's more, if you're eating foods that are high in sugar, you're typically doing so at the expense of healthy, nutrient-dense foods. This often results in nutrient and mineral deficiency. To defend against colds and flu, the body requires sufficient nutrients and minerals - most of which we derive from the diet. Ultimately, a high sugar diet compromises the body's natural ability to defend itself.

No Alcohol

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Getting Sufficient Sleep

Sufficient sleep is essential on several health fronts. However, it is especially important during cold and flu season due to the role sleep plays in the immune system. During sleep, the immune system releases a type of protein called 'cytokines'. Cytokines play a critical role in cell signalling - working to organise and coordinate the body's immune response. Without them, the immune system is weakened and is less capable of mounting a defence against colds and flu. Insufficient or broken sleep will also cause a rise in cortisol which further hinders the natural healing process. Getting to bed before 9pm, is one of the best ways to bolster immunity during cold and flu season.