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What you put in your body has a distinct effect on your emotional and physical well being. This week I will be discussing how the food you eat affects anxiety. You’re probably wondering what food has to do with anxiety.
The body and brain are connected and how you feed both will affect mood, hormones and emotions. Making gradual changes towards better eating habits will help manage anxiety.
According to an article featured on the Harvard Health blog, “About 95% of serotonin receptors are found in the lining of the gut.” This means, when your body has to digest food, what you eat will affect your overall feeling of happiness. It is suggested, a diet high in probiotics may help manage feelings of anxiety and depression. Highly processed foods do not make the gut very happy. You may likely have digestive issues, lethargy and feelings of depression occurring together, sometimes.
Featured in the same article, it states “Complex carbohydrates are metabolized more slowly and therefore help maintain a more even blood sugar level, which creates a calmer feeling.” Processed sugar causes an immediate spike in blood sugar, followed by an immediate drop. This can exacerbate feelings and mimic symptoms of a panic attack.
While in contrast, it is noted, foods high in magnesium, zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B, occurring more often in healthy food choices and rarely at any beneficial levels in processed foods, spur the release of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These are “feel good” hormones and can improve your overall sense of well being.
Gradual changes should be made in your diet. Make a conscious choice to substitute a healthier option. Instead of having a can of pop, choose water. You cannot overhaul your diet in one day. Include movement as part
of your wellness plan. If these
small changes lead to a
happier YOU, it is worth the
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