Nutrition and Mental Health: Avoid Foods that Cause Anxiety
One of the best tools that we’ve found to help with managing Post Traumatic Stress and improving mental health is our diet. The food we use to fuel our bodies is so important to the processes that happen in our brains.
Over the next few weeks, we want to talk about what we’ve learned as far as nutrition, and what is working for us. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or want more details! KEEP IN MIND: we are not nutritionists or medical doctors, so be sure to consult yours before starting any new program.
AVOID FOODS THAT CAUSE ANXIETY
You might recognize some of these from the “inflammation causers” list from our last video–steer clear of these foods that might increase or cause anxiety:
- refined carbohydrates & processed foods
- gluten (especially if you think you could be intolerant)
- artificial food coloring and sweeteners
Try to add in more of the foods that help to manage or reduce anxiety:
- fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens
- meat, eggs
- fermented foods
If you’ll notice, many of the foods on the inflammation causers list from our LAST POST are also on the anxiety causers list. So by sticking to the fresh, unprocessed meats and vegetables we talked about last time, you are reducing inflammation AND giving yourself a leg up when it comes to anxiety.
If you’re looking for more individualized help with nutrition, PTSD recovery or health coaching, be sure to reach out to us–we’d love to help!