Commonly Asked Questions regarding Stress/Anxiety and Memory Fog
Drug-free ways to treat stress, anxiety and brain fog
Handling the daily routine, from work and kids to managing aging parents and community involvement, has taken its toll on women. Prescriptions for anxiety medications are dispensed at an alarming rate but can be a God-send for those struggling to keep all the balls in the air. Another common complaint of women today is brain fog. Forgetting the right words, losing track of why you went into another room, and general fuzzy thinking is practically an epidemic in modern life. In addition, brain fog itself contributes to increased anxiety as we grapple with maintaining our relationships and careers.
We hear complaints about stress, anxiety and brain fog daily at the Rochester Holistic Center. Most patients have either tried prescriptions for anxiety and experienced side effects or just want an all-natural approach. Many patients who complain of brain fog have tried multivitamins or vitamin B12, both with little effect. In either case, we can help them! We use scientifically-validated and researched nutrients from both plants and vitamins to address the root cause of anxiety and brain fog, as well as most other health conditions.
What causes anxiety?
Anxiety stems from a variety of causes, from medical issues (such as heart disease and hyperthyroidism) to emotional stress, genetic predisposition, brain chemistry, as well as a side effect from certain medications taken for other medical issues. Many people equate stress with anxiety, so when a person calls us to discuss his or her complaint, they use stress and anxiety interchangeably! Stressful events can cause anxiety, but everyday stress is an overlooked cause of anxiety, too.
Are there ways to reduce anxiety that don’t involve taking a medication?
There are many ways to reduce anxiety that don’t involve medication. Exercise, meditation, yoga, tai chi, biofeedback, even praying the rosary all reduce anxiety by quieting the mind, relaxing focus and lowering stress hormones that surge in the body due to anxiety.
Are there natural supplements that work as well as my Xanax?
Great question! Fortunately, yes! There are several well-studied, scientifically-validated supplements that have proven as effective and even superior to prescription anxiety medications. We offer a combination therapy protocol, using two supplements whose ingredients effectively address the biochemistry of anxiety: overactive neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters do exactly what their name implies: transmit messages from one brain cell to another. The over-firing of neurotransmitters results in anxiety. Our proprietary formulas, Stress Soothe and GABA Boost, offer patients relief from anxiety by calming their over-stimulated excitatory neurotransmitters without negative side effects, such as sleepiness, dependence and/or ‘hangover’ effects seen with commonly-prescribed drugs such as benzodiazepines.
My brain fog is affecting my job. Why do I have it and what can you do about it?
Experiencing memory loss, foggy thinking or confusion causes stress, which impairs performance, and nowhere is it more critical than at your job. Brain fog is a common complaint of middle-aged and older people, who often call in a panic. They’re misplacing keys, forgetting common words in a sentence, walking into a room and forgetting why they went there. Brain fog is often a side effect of medications. Are you taking meds for GERD or acid reflux? High blood pressure? Do you take statins for high cholesterol? Insulin for diabetes? Antihistamines for allergies? All of those medications have brain fog and memory loss as a side effect, which gets worse the longer you take the med. The reason is they inhibit a brain chemical called acetylcholine, which is the primary neurotransmitter involved with memory and learning.
When you’re low in acetylcholine, you become forgetful, you can’t concentrate, or think of the right word.
Brain fog and memory loss can also be caused by autoimmune disease, low vitamin B12, hormonal imbalance, iron and/or ferritin excess or deficiency, and many other issues. Our goal is to get to the root cause of the memory loss and brain fog. Our patented formulas for brain fog and memory loss, CereShield, CereShield Plus and CereShield Ultra, all contain ingredients that cross the blood/brain barrier to enhance mental focus, increase acetylcholine, improve and even reverse cognitive decline and improve brain function.
Is brain fog just an inevitable part of aging? Is anxiety due to my crazy schedule with kids and my job? My doctor tells me they’re just a part of life.
Not in the least! Aging isn’t optional, we’re all heading that way. But HEALTHY aging is optional. Balancing hormones, finding alternatives to medications that cause untoward side effects, optimizing your blood levels of nutrients…these are all ways to age gracefully and happily.
Our patients can trust that we’ll provide them with honesty, clarity and hope when it comes to tackling their health challenges.