Before we begin, diet is something every person should carefully consider with the help of a doctor, especially if you experience anxiety. Many people experience success by making a few adjustments to their diet. While a nutritional perspective is not a substitute for professional treatment, the relationship between food and anxiety is real and scientifically proven.
According to the Mayo Clinic what you eat, or don't, can affect how you feel and it may even help you heal anxiety.
Here are some of the basic guidelines they suggest:
1. Whole grain foods with no sugar are a perfect way to boost serotonin, a calming brain chemical.
2. Eat protein at breakfast, so you balance blood glucose and have steady levels of energy.
3. Limit or avoid alcohol and caffeine intake, which throws your brain chemistry out of balance and can lead to anxious feelings. Because they affect your brain chemistry, they can also affect your sleep which causes edginess.
4. Stay hydrated. Most people don't know that dehydration can change mood, and something as simple as regular water intake can lead to a pleasant mental experience.
So those are some of the basic steps you can start taking. Let's move on to boosting your mood. There are two small steps you can take to boost your mood and enhance your sense of well-being.
1. Pure organic unsweetened Cocoa - This is different than chocolate which has lots of sugar. Pure powdered unsweetened cocoa contains many natural compounds that help your cardiovascular health, metabolic disorders, inflammatory diseases, protection against bad cholesterol, and may even aid in cancer prevention.
Cocoa also delivers minerals into the body like zinc, iron, manganese, and magnesium, minerals that support health, cell regeneration, aids heart rhythm and provides valuable antioxidants, everything you need to feel great.
Cocoa also contains phenethylamine a natural antidepressant and mood elevator. Unlike a cup of coffee or an energy drink that deliver 80 to 400 grams of caffeine, an entire tablespoon of raw organic cocoa powder only releases about 12 grams of caffeine into your system. I personally put about a teaspoon of cocoa (about 4 grams of caffeine) in a pure organic protein shake every morning and feel great.
2. Folate and other B vitamins - Did you know that folate, vitamins B6 and B12 are linked to important neurochemical mechanisms in your brain critical to proper function that boost mood and higher cognition? And that it was all documented by Oxford Acadamy in 2001?
The study was a combined analysis of 14 studies conducted by 11 doctors, and over nine years, and this is what they discovered. When you ingest folate, which is a B vitamin, along with vitamins B6 and B12 either by food consumption or supplementation, it causes a neurotransmitter chain reaction that produces natural releases of dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and melatonin in the brain, all of which play a critical role to proper neurological and psychological functions.
Folate is so powerful that it's used to treat certain types of anemia. Doctors and scientists are still studying the effects of deficient levels of folate and B vitamins in the body and more studies are definitely needed. But overall it's widely accepted that if a person does not have the proper levels of folate and B vitamins in the body they fall into a condition doctors call, "hypomethylation" which leads to neuropathologies, cognitive impairments, and mood disturbances. Age is not a factor and can affect both young and old.
The place to start is by finding out how much folate and B vitamins you should be taking every day. Depending on your diet you may be getting more or less the necessary amounts to keeping your mind sharp, alert, in good working order.
Once you know how much folate and B vitamins you need for your age and condition start to figure out how much you take with food alone on an average day. Any deficiency can be made up with a healthy organic liquid vitamin supplement. I say "liquid" supplement because most are very absorbable by the body. Of course, consulting with your doctor is the first step to regaining proper brain chemistry. Once you do, life will seem a little smoother and brighter. Managing anxiety and meditating with God with a balanced mind becomes more natural and peaceful.