Stressful events, such as giving a presentation or taking an important test, can trigger feelings of anxiety. This can be normal in stressful situations. However, chronic anxiety that lingers even after the stressful event (such as taking the test) can become all-encompassing — and interfere with your daily life. Unfortunately, anxiety doesn’t just impact mental wellness, but it can impact your physical health, too.
If you’re struggling with anxiety, Wellness Nashville recommends NAD therapy in addition to positive lifestyle changes. NAD therapy supports healthy brain function, so you can feel like yourself again — both mentally and physically.
Below, we discuss how anxiety affects your physical health and how NAD therapy can be part of your anxiety treatment.
Anxiety and physical symptoms
Everyday anxiety is a biological reaction to stress and/or potential danger. You can think of it as your body’s way of signaling you that something just isn’t right. For example, if you see a stray dog growling at you from across the road, anxiety can tell you to avoid the stray dog. However, if anxiety causes constant and intrusive feelings of intense worry that don’t seem appropriate to the situation at hand, your chronic anxiety may be linked to an anxiety disorder.
In addition to the feelings of worry and fear, anxiety also affects your physical body. You might notice:
- A rapid, pounding heart rate
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Clammy hands
- Trembling or shaking
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating
- Sleep disturbances and insomnia
- Digestive issues, including loss of appetite and indigestion
There are many different types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Panic attacks can also cause other physical symptoms, including difficulty breathing.
Anxiety and your physical health
Anxiety causes physical symptoms, but untreated anxiety can also contribute to health conditions, including hypertension and heart disease. Feelings of anxiety cause short-term spikes in your blood pressure, and the more often you experience anxiety, the more often your body is undergoing those spikes in blood pressure.
Additionally, anxiety affects your long-term health in other ways. If anxiety causes your appetite to plummet, your body might not receive the nutrition it needs. Likewise, a lack of sleep can also compromise your physical health. Insufficient sleep increases your risk of hypertension, mood disturbances, diabetes, heart disease, low libido, and brain fog.
What is NAD and what does it have to do with anxiety?
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is a type of chemical called a coenzyme. Found naturally in your body, it’s essential for energy transfer between your cells and keeping all the cells in your body functioning correctly. NAD also supports healthy brain function.
Because anxiety and stress can deplete NAD, you might experience fatigue and a weakened immune response. This lack of energy can exacerbate your symptoms of anxiety and further reduce your NAD levels.
NAD therapy and anxiety
Thankfully, NAD therapy can replenish your NAD levels, which then boosts your cellular function and reduces anxiety symptoms, including the physical symptoms related to anxiety. When your physical health is supported, you’re more likely to respond to potentially stressful situations with more balance. For example, if you’re exhausted and low on energy, it’ll be much harder to power through a stressful situation. On the other hand, if your mind is clear and your body is well-rested, it’s easier to handle tough situations like tight deadlines at work.
Our providers, who carry professional certification in BR+™ therapy “Brain Restoration Plus,” offer NAD therapy sessions in our Franklin, Tennessee office.
If you’re ready to tackle the mental and physical, schedule your no-cost consultation and find out if NAD infusions are right for you. You can reach us at 615-334-0167 or through our online scheduling tool.