Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear about what’s going to come. Ordinary anxiety is a feeling that comes and goes but does not interfere with your everyday life. But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, lasting for longer than six months, or interfering with your life, you might have an anxiety disorder.
For some people, medical treatment isn’t necessary. Lifestyle changes may be enough to cope with the symptoms. For moderate to severe cases, treatment could be by psychotherapy or medication. But also diet plays an important role in the treatment plan.
These are some nutritional tips to help you manage your stress & anxiety:
- Include complex carbohydrates in your diet rather than simple sugar; complex carbohydrates are metabolized more slowly and therefore help maintain a more even blood sugar level, which creates a calmer feeling.
- Consider probiotics; there is a gut-brain connection affecting your mood. Serotonin is a chemical substance in your body that affects the mode, its receptors are found mostly in the lining of your gut. Research is examining the potential of probiotics for treating both anxiety and depression.
Probiotics are found in yogurt, sauerkraut, pickle, buttermilk, etc. or can be taken as a supplement.
- Foods rich in zincsuch as oysters, cashews, liver, beef, and egg yolks have been linked to lowered anxiety.
- Including omega-3 fatty acids in your diet; a study showed that omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce anxiety.
- Avoid caffeine intake.
- Drink enough water to stay hydrated.
With the increased prevalence of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. We, Lina’s & Dina’s diet center, always aim to include the previously mentioned kinds of food in our menu to help people enjoy a healthy happy life.
For those who are not only seeking weight loss but willing to have a healthy lifestyle and want to guarantee an optimum mental, physical and emotional health, we offer the lifestyle program.
To know more about this program, you can check the following link:
- Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., Belury, M. A., Andridge, R., Malarkey, W. B., & Glaser, R. (2011). Omega-3 supplementation lowers inflammation and anxiety in medical students: A randomized controlled trial. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 25(8), 1725-1734. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2011.07.229
- Slyepchenko, A., Carvalho, A., Cha, D., Kasper, S., & Mcintyre, R. (2015). Gut Emotions – Mechanisms of Action of Probiotics as Novel Therapeutic Targets for Depression and Anxiety Disorders. CNS & Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets,13(10), 1770-1786. doi:10.2174/1871527313666141130205242