As a Nutritional Therapist with a busy practise I am no stranger to stress. Thankfully I know how to deal with it from a relaxation, lifestyle and nutritional perspective. Some of my clients are having a hard time dealing with their physical and psychological symptoms caused by stress, feeling down or long term anxiety and come to see me for some help. They are suprised with the simplicity of my anti stress food plan.
Having exhausted every other avenue they might have heard that foods and diet have a strong effect on nuerotransmitters that carry information around the brain and nervous system.
This is true as most of our nuerotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine are created in the digestive tract.
So it stands to reason that an unhealthy Gut, possibly due to an unhealthy diet can have a negative effect on your ability to deal with stress. I initially and easily treat the Gut before I do anything else and this usually has a fast and effective result. I then investigate furthur.
There is also a lot of evidence to show that specific deficiencies like Omega 3 and B6 or B12 or high levels of saturated fats or sugar can have an effect on your nervous system, anxiety levels and stress realted conditions.
It is important to find out if you could have a more positive reaction to everyday or even extreme stress, depression or anxiety via specific foods and some supplemetation if necessary by talking to a qualified Nutritional Therapist about your health concerns and your diet.
The right type of omega is important so aim for good quality with high DHA content.
A food sourced B complex or multivitamin can be helpful but best to go for good quality and to take them with food.
There is a specific Amino acid called tryptophan that can help with stress that is found in many foods like pumpkin seeds, potato, turkey and many more.
Contact me for a free list of anti-anxiety foods.