Food: Basic Nutritional Insights For Anxiety
Consider the feelings of worry danger and disconnection as messages from the mind/body. Not "bad" in and of themselves but more as messengers of change. Many of these messages or feelings of dis-ease come in the form of inflammation. The type of inflammation we are most aware of is usually from an injury, this is when the inflammation is healing, and while it may be uncomfortable, it is helping.
What I want to bring to your attention today is the chronic inflammation.
Three common places chronic inflammation might come from;
Blood Sugar Dysregulation
If these inflammatory conditions (are messengers of change, what changes are necessary, and how do we get started?
Starting with the idea that inflammation is an expression of a mismatch with the environment such as in leaky gut, we can begin to clean up the "environment" and reduce inflammation immediately.
While gluten-free has been gobbled up by the food manufacturers and has a taste of being a fad --it is not. You do not have to have the gut reactions to gluten to have the neurologic manifestations. According to Dr. Hadjivassiliou, "Gluten sensitivity can be primarily and at times exclusively a neurological disease."
Yes, we have eaten wheat (western diet's primary source of gluten) for a long time, and today's wheat is not the same wheat your grandparents ate!
Gluten Sensitivity a trial of a gluten-free diet for 3 months, although with brain fog and fatigue, you may feel better within a few days. After the 3 months, you can do a test of adding in gluten for 3 meals in a row and see how you feel. It's well worth a try as I am seeing more and more people doing remarkable after giving up gluten-containing grains. Think BROW Barley, Rye, Oats (now very easy to get them from a gluten-free processing plant) and wheat.
Food intolerances and or allergies need to be addressed, and offending foods avoided as this is a leading cause of inflammation for many. The best way to find these is again to test yourself by the elimination of the possible culprit for 3 weeks (much easier than the gluten) and adding in a hefty dose at 2 meals and see if you have any adverse effects.
Common culprits: Wheat ( you have hopefully already eliminated this guy), Dairy, Soy, Peanuts, less troublesome eggs, citrus, nuts, and fish. Most adults already know what their food allergens are if in doubt, give it a break and see how you do!
Blood Sugar Dysregulation is a common concern in anxiety. The low of a blood sugar crash feels so much like an anxiety attack that the two often become intertwined with one setting off the other for a vicious cycle.
The best way out of this is to avoid packaged foods. Sad to say that almost all packaged foods contain added sugar.
The first place to start, though is in avoiding added sugar and sweets (foods and drinks). This alone can make a considerable improvement.
Do not be fooled into thinking only heavier people have blood sugar issues blood glucose dysregulation can affect all sizes.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids (fish oil or algae oil)
Quercetin (bioflavonoid) Oh BTW pineapple is loaded with quercetin 🍍
This may seem like a lot, but when we take out the offenders, we have much more energy, clarity of mind, and ease with life!