Anxiety and nutrition
Are you constantly worried about something? Do you feel anxious even when everything is seemingly fine? Do you find it hard to relax? Is your mind still racing at night when you should be sleeping?
Chronic stress can contribute to increased levels of anxiety, but what you eat also has a significant effect on your moods. A busy, stressful lifestyle often makes it harder to follow a healthy diet, and nutrition deficiencies can develop over time. What you eat can have a direct impact on your moods. Some foods could actually be increasing your anxiety levels as well as affecting your physical health.
Reducing stimulants, such as tea, coffee, alcohol and sugar, is often a key factor in addressing increased levels of anxiety. Certain vitamins and minerals also have a direct effect on moods, and nutritional deficiencies can make it harder to control your anxiety levels.
Other contributing factors can include food intolerances, sensitivity to food additives, digestive problems, poor adrenal function, or blood sugar fluctuations caused by a diet based on refined foods and infrequent meals. An experienced nutritional therapist can evaluate which of these factors could be contributing to your anxiety and work with you to put together an eating plan and a programme of targeted nutrients to help lift your mood.