Coping with and treating anxiety can be difficult and following an anti-anxiety diet plan can play a role to make you feel better in a more natural way than a lot of other anxiety treatments.
Food and the nutrients we give our body are extremely important in determining the overall functioning of our body as well as assisting in preventing diseases. The long term health benefits from a good diet are well documented. But did you know that food can also affect your mood?
Research has shown that certain foods and nutrients if either present or deficient in our diet can have a major effect on our brain function and subsequent mood. This research has enabled anxiety sufferers to discover a natural treatment with foods and nutrients implemented through an anti-anxiety diet.
But what are the best foods and nutrients to give your body in order to lessen anxiety?
The following list has been compiled and developed based on recent and proven research into food and nutrients used in anti-anxiety diet plans. These represent the key points in constructing an anti-anxiety diet.
1. Plenty of Foods Rich in Complex Carbohydrates (Starches): It is thought that carbohydrate-rich meals increase serotonin levels, producing a calming effect. It is important to ensure your carb intake is mostly from complex carbohydrates (e.g.. whole grains, root vegetables, Brown Rice) as the energy is released from these foods slowly and will aid a balance of mood. Reduce intake of simple carbohydrates (e.g. refined sugars).
2. Drink Plenty of Water: Mood can be affected by your hydration levels.
3. Limit or Avoid Alcohol: Although alcohol may be calming in low doses, as the body processes the alcohol it may induce anxiety symptoms. Research has shown that improvement and remission from anxiety symptoms is significant for those sufferers undertaking periods of abstinence.
4. Tryptophan: Clinical research has shown that tryptophan is effective in enhancing mood by boosting serotonin levels in the brain. It is available as a supplement. It is also particularly high in chocolate, oats, milk, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and egg.
5. Avoid Stimulants: Stimulants such as caffeine can affect your mood almost instantly an induce anxiety symptoms.
6. Magnesium: a deficiency in Magnesium has been linked to causes of anxiety.
7. Frequent, Small Meals: Anxiety symptoms can be reduced by maintaining proper energy levels in the body. By eating smaller, more frequent meals your energy levels will be balanced throughout the day.
I would encourage anyone reading this list to use it as a basis to develop a tailor-made anti-anxiety diet plan for themselves as an individual. You may find you need to trial and test a few things before you get the best anti-anxiety diet that suits you. The rewards will be worth it in order to achieve a natural treatment for anxiety.
It should be noted that whilst following an anti-anxiety diet plan will certainly help you feel better and improve your mood, food and nutrients alone cannot cure your anxiety disorder. A major contribution to anxiety is an imbalance in the body and so an anti-anxiety diet plan will help you maintain steady energy throughout the day and remain balanced.
It is strongly recommended that before embarking on any anti-anxiety diet plan that you seek professional advice from your medical practitioner in order to assess your specific and overall dietary requirements.