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Nutrition for Anxiety: An Anti Anxiety Diet

There are a few issues in this article that I don’t agree with. They push that soy and tofu are a good source of protein and B vitamins. While they might have protein and B vitamins, soy is one of the top plants that contain potent phytoestrogen. This means that theres natural compounds in the plant that mimic estrogen in the body. In females, this will reduce your true estrogen levels and in time, wont return when soy is not present (not to mention soy estrogen is not true estrogen). Also, it will increase estrogen reaction in men. There are other endocrine functions soy does as well.  That is if its organic.

Conventionally grown soy are genetically modified (GMO) and is probably Monsanto owned. Which means it is RoundUp ready. They can spray the crop with herbicide and it wont kill the plant. But how does this work??? More on that in a pesticide/herbicide post later.  And the soy will be covered in pesticides. Tofu is processed and processed. So far from its natural source.

The next problem I have with this article is it pushes whole grains. While whole grains can reduce cholesterol levels by having bile bind with the cholesterol and excreted from the body in many people grains can damage the intestinal tract. You are better using brown/wild rice and maybe oats (depending on the person), not using wheat or the like. White rice is sugar…useless.

The biggest problem I have with this whole thing is it says, “That anxiety cannot be cured with diet.” I totally believe this is false. While there are times that anxiety is stress related or physically related, your diet can definitely impact your mental and nervous wellbeing!!

Okay, that said. This article is good for helping with diet understanding and panic/anxiety attacks.

Nutrition for Anxiety: An Anti Anxiety Diet?

“Anxiety is not necessarily caused by what you eat. But that doesn’t mean that millions of people aren’t contributing to their anxiety every day by eating foods that create anxiety symptoms while avoiding foods that may fight anxiety.

The truth is that your diet does matter. What you eat affects how you feel, and how you feel is anxious. It stands to reason that changing your diet to one that is made for those living with anxiety can be a valuable part of treating your anxiety symptoms.

How to Create An Anti-Anxiety Diet

“Eating healthier” is a phrase that’s thrown around a lot, but in the case of anxiety, healthy eating really does make a difference. Eating more vegetables and staying away from unhealthy burgers really will keep your anxiety in check.

It starts by avoiding foods that may contribute to your anxiety symptoms. If you really want to create a diet for anxiety, remove or moderate all of the following:

Fried Foods – Fried foods are difficult to digest, have little nutritional content, and contribute to heart struggles. It’s very difficult to reduce your anxiety if your body is poorly processing the food you consume.

Alcohol – Set aside the fact that drinking alcohol can cause you to do crazy things that create more anxiety in your life, alcohol itself is terrible for your body. It dehydrates you, it throws off your hormone and nutritional balance, and it can cause physical symptoms from the toxins that trigger anxiety attacks.

Coffee – Excess coffee is a known anxiety stimulant. In moderation (ie, once a day in the morning), it may not trigger anxiety in most people, but the more you drink the more you increase your risk. Coffee also creates a rapid heartbeat and some sensations that may create panic attacks.

Dairy Products – Dairy products aren’t inherently bad for you, but in excess they may heighten your adrenaline levels and contribute to a more anxious state. Moderation is the key here, and if you find after consuming dairy products you feel more anxious, cut back.

Refined Sugars – Sugar in fruit isn’t too bad. White sugar in desserts is. Sugar, like caffeine, stimulates your body in a way that can create a jitteriness that exacerbates anxiety symptoms.

Acid Forming Foods – Foods like yogurt, pickles, eggs, sour cream, wine, and liver are all acid creating foods, and there are reasons to believe that these foods drop magnesium levels. Magnesium is a cause or contributor of anxiety in many of those suffering from anxiety symptoms, so cutting back on acid forming foods is important.

Avoiding these foods is unlikely to cure anxiety, but it will help, especially if you find that you over-consume some type of food on this list. Remember, most foods can still be eaten in moderation, but healthier eating is still a very important part of a healthy anxiety diet.

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Foods to Eat That Weaken Your Anxiety

Most people know there are foods to avoid, but what about foods to eat? There are several foods that may reduce your anxiety symptoms. Remember, healthy eating leads to healthy hormonal functioning, which leads to an improved sense of well-being. So the better you eat, the better your anxiety will be. Good foods include:

Fresh Fruit – Your body does need carbs and sugar, it just doesn’t need refined sugars. Fresh fruit has sugar that can be converted to energy, and provides necessary nutrients as well. Blueberries and peaches may be especially advantageous.

Vegetables – Of course, vegetables are arguably even more important, especially for those with anxiety. Vegetables are rich in fiber, and many of the vitamins that those with anxiety deplete regularly.

Water – A tremendous percentage of the population is regularly dehydrated because they do not drink nearly enough water. Dehydration nearly always leads to anxiety, which is why it’s crucial that you consume enough water regularly.

Tryptophan Rich Foods – Foods rich in tryptophan are very effective at reducing anxiety. They have a natural relaxation component, and may increase your metabolism as an added bonus. Oats, soy, poultry, and sesame seeds all have a fair amount of tryptophan.

Magnesium Rich Foods – As much as 25% of the country or more is magnesium deficient, and magnesium plays a role in over 300 different processes within the body. It’s a crucial vitamin that few people get, so magnesium rich foods like black beans and tofu are very important.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Research into Omega 3’s is still being conducted, but there is some evidence that Omega-3 is important for depression and anxiety. Omega-3’s can be found in fish, flax seed, and winter squash.  …”

via Nutrition for Anxiety: An Anti Anxiety Diet? « Calm Clinic.

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