Nutrition and Anxiety


Nutrition and Anxiety

What You Should Know About Nutrition and Anxiety

Anxiety and stress issues are among the most common mental issues nowadays. And even though these conditions are highly treatable it is not always easy to deal with them. Anxiety and anxiety disorders often require major changes in your lifestyle. This includes your sleep regime, exercises and your diet. It is proven that nutrition and anxiety go hand-in-hand. There are certain foods that can trigger your anxiety and foods that are actually helpful and can contribute to easing the problem. Here are the foods that you should avoid and foods that will be helpful for your body and mind.

What to Avoid?

Alcohol

It is absolutely necessary to avoid or limit alcohol if you are struggling with anxiety. Even though that the primary effect of alcohol is calming, in long term it actually will trigger your anxiety. Alcohol leads to dehydration and it is a major factor for feeling anxious. It can also harm your sleep which triggers anxiety.

Caffeine and caffeine drinks

Avoid or limit caffeine and any drinks that may consist of caffeine like some sodas, energy drinks and teas. Caffeine causes rush of adrenaline and energy which can increase the levels of anxiety. It also can lead to dehydration and interfere with your sleep.

Fried foods

Try to limit the number of fried foods that you consume. This type of food is hard to digest and with low nutritional content. It can also contribute to heart diseases and lack of energy.

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What to Eat?

Water

It is proven that even slight dehydration may affect your mood and in most cases this causes anxiety. It is crucial to pay attention and be hydrated. Try to always have a glass of water near you or carry a bottle in your bag. This will help you not to forget to drink it regularly and maintain the necessary levels of water in your body.

Fresh fruit and vegetables

It is arguable which is more important for those with anxiety issues – fruits or vegetables. But it is for sure that you have to include them in your daily meal. If you are suffering from anxiety you will have to avoid refined sugar and still find a way to provide it to your body.  You can use fruits for that – they can provide enough sugar that can turn into energy along with their nutritional content. On the other hand, people with anxiety often have a lack of certain vitamins and the most natural way to get them are vegetables. They are also rich in fibers and it is important to pay attention and include enough diverse vegetables in your meal.

Foods rich in Vitamin B

There is a certain relationship between anxiety and the level of B Vitamins in your body. B vitamins are responsible for your nervous system and if you have a deficiency it can easily trigger your anxiety and even depression. If you are not willing to take B vitamin supplements you can easily find them in some specific foods. This includes foods like eggs, rice, nuts, and citrus fruits. You can also include in your meal chicken, pork and beef.

Foods rich in tryptophan

It is proven that those kind of foods have a great positive impact and can reduce stress levels and anxiety. Such foods contain a component that helps the brain to produce chemicals that contribute to feel good and relax. You can find tryptophan in various food that include bananas, oats, and soy, chicken and sesame seeds.

Emily JasonEmily Jason

Emily Jason is a writer and blogger. She has been suffering from panic attacks and panic disorder for two years and considers anxiety her hobby. For more of Emily's work you can visit her blog – sunnyshape.com.

Feb 18, 2015
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