Diet and Anxiety: How Fiber Can Ease Suffering

Many doctors insist on pumping our bodies full of medications and they never entertain the fact that making simple changes in our daily diet and food intake can have a great impact on easing our anxiety and leading us to feel calmer and more relaxed.  There are many changes you can make to your diet to combat the adverse effects of anxiety and panic disorders. Let’s start off with these important tips and tricks to help change your mentality and ease pain.

There are things you can do to take the edge off!

1) Always start your day with a protein-infused breakfast.  If you eat a lot of protein, you will feel more full and satisfied and have more energy for the rest of the day.

2) Avoid simple carbohydrates – Eating complex carbs produces more serotonin in your brain and when you have more of this, a calming release allows you to feel less anxious and stressed. Try to eat foods that have many complex carbs and grains. You can eat cereals packed with oats, and wholegrain breads.  Avoid foods that are composed of white flour like cereals without fiber and sugary drinks.

3) Invest in a high-quality supplement or vitamin to meet your needs – Many people are not getting in enough Omega 3 fats so they like to take a fish oil supplement or capsules each day. I like to ensure I am meeting my fiber needs on a daily basis.  You need to consume at least 22 grams of fiber a day and many people do not consume this amount.  Eating a diet rich in fiber and complex carbs also helps keep you skinny and helps you lose weight.  Excess weight and fat on the body is proven to also lead people to feel depressed and anxious – often leading to an increased level of social anxiety and insecurity levels when speaking in front of large crows or attending gatherings or parties.

3) Watch your liquids – DO NOT drink alcohol in large quantities.  If you cannot avoid it all together, at least limit it. Alcohol works as a depressant and can cause you to feel irrational and edgy.   Also limit caffeine like coffee and soda drinks.  Drink a LOT of water. Dehydration can cause you to feel ornery or in a bad mood.

Once you start implementing these small changes in your diet, you should notice a significant increase in your mood or at least more of a regulation in your mood swings.  i used to have very vast mood swings. One moment I would feel angry, and the next happy and once I started seeing a doctor, took medication and also changed my diets, I am much more calm and my mood swings are not so drastic anymore.  There are solutions, you just need to take the leap of faith and find what works for you.

If you don’t take any chances in life, you will not get the success you want.  It is very disheartening to live on edge, and changing your diet and making such simple lifestyle changes could really impact your everyday quality of life.