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September 1, 2020

Nutritional Strategies to ease Anxiety

Nowadays many of us are worried about COVID-19, We may feel helpless about what will happen or what we can do to prevent further stress .

Since anxiety is characterized by worry about things that aren’t usually a real and present threat, engaging in mindfulness practices will train your attention.

Your brain requires a constant supply of fuel to function properly. That fuel comes from the foods you eat. What you eat directly affects the structure of your Brain and Mood.

Those who feel anxious, may lean on alcohol to calm their nerves. But excessive drinking can lead to emotional and physical problems. Adequately hydrating with plain water is best, at least 6-8 glasses a day.

It is a must to avoid some foods that trigger anxiety, Such as; refined sugar, alcohol consumption, highly fried foods, food additives, caffeine, and more.

 Foods to eat and avoid for keeping Anxiety at bay

A well-balanced diet consists of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and healthy fats. It is a good recommendation for those who struggle with anxiety.

Avoiding processed food, fried food and foods high in sugar means the body experiences few high and lows of blood sugar, which helps to reduce feelings of anxiety.

There are hidden sugars in the food we eat, including savory foods. Our body needs healthy balance of Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, sugar, vitamins & minerals to function, it is also that very balance that keeps us healthy. Sugar should be consumed through natural sources such as a piece of fruits and not through fruit juice or dried fruits, affects your body differently than candy or hidden sugars in your foods.

If you cut back on processed sugar , you may feel your anxiety slowly decreasing due to the ups and downs caused by excess sugar .Using diet only as a source to combat anxiety may not bring the change needed .You may also need to speak to a doctor about medication .

An Integrated treatment approach including psychotherapy, mindfulness techniques, stress management, good sleep hygiene habits and a balanced diet are all equally important parts for reducing anxiety.

How a  Functional Nutritionist can help!

Mental health and wellness require a holistic approach.

At OPENMINDS Center, Our Functional Nutrition – Clinical Dietitian & Exercise Medicine Specialist, Dr . Jane Darakjian help people heal from the inside out, exactly as the body was designed to do.

 

DR. JANE DARAKJIAN Clinical Dietitian & Exercise Medicine Specialist

 

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