How Nutrition, Inflammation & Body Flora affect Anxiety?

Nutrition, Hydration, Inflammation Body Flora affect Anxiety?

Anxiety has been a growing problem in our fast paced world, we are attached to multiple electronics, and we have over committed schedules and high-pressure careers and family demands.

Anxiety defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, these feelings are typically related to or about an event or situation that may be new or uncertain.

The medical community has labeled anxiety as a nervous disorder that goes along with uneasiness and apprehension, those who suffer from true anxiety typically have regular panic attacks and may demonstrate impulsive behaviors.

Behaviors that point to Anxiety Disorder include:

  • Consuming thoughts of worry that may hinder one’s ability to function properly in their daily life including family and work related activities.
  • Poor sleep quality – Sleep is interrupted with sporadic thoughts, worry, accompanied with tossing and turning. Aim to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night.
  • Phobias and fears are more present in thoughts. Your ability to function is hindered by random fears and phobias coming to life. This usually is coupled with obsessive- compulsive behaviors and in some cases panic attacks. You are constantly checking to see if doors are locked, etc.
  • Physical symptoms arise. Tight muscles and chronic pain in back, jaw, and/or neck resulting from constant anxiety and stress. Digestive problems are also a sign of excessive anxiety such as irritable bowel syndrome and constipation.

Inflammation and Anxiety

Inflammation and anxiety go hand in hand. Research points to a direct relationship of the immune system’s significance on influence on our brain, thought process and physical behaviors.

Psychological stress is reported to modulate cytokine production (cytokine cells are receptors mainly influencing physical immune response); this research suggests that physical stress is directly related to mental health.

This cytokine production also directly influences metabolism in addition to its influence on mood.

The University of Houston’s research suggests the inflammatory response can result in behavioral disorders such as anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder to name a couple.

Inflammation effects brain disorderslike Anxiety in many ways, one of them being the insulin mechanism. Even slight blood sugar elevation raises the binding of glucose to protein.

This process increases the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body, hemoglobin A1C levels should be checked regularly to monitor if metabolic damage has been done.

Meal Info

The nutrition plan will help reduce inflammation. It is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, low in processed sugar, gluten free, optimal high quality proteins, dye free and chemical pure whole foods are recommended as much as possible.

This plan incorporates healthy fats, antioxidants, fiber and optimal macro nutrient breakdowns. This plan will help optimize gut flora balance, and brain function.

Specific foods that can help fight inflammation include A pure Hydroxide Alkaline water, heart-healthy nuts, nut butters and seeds like walnuts, pumpkins seeds, heart healthy oils like coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and antioxidant rich produce including berries and dark leafy greens.

Lifestyle/Environmental Impact

Lifestyle habits may contribute to inflammation leading to anxiety symptoms.

Continuous exposure to toxins, such as dyes, chemicals and pollution can also affect brain health. Consuming a balanced diet and supplementation, rich in micro and macronutrients, is essential for the health of all metabolic systems.

Starting out by modifying behavior and following the simple nutrition strategies will help manage and reduce symptoms of anxiety.

Consume a well balanced meal to start the day and at every meal.This should include fibrous and complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and natural clean proteins.

This will help keep you feeling full and contains certain chemicals that will help with mood and anxiety like serotonin and melatonin and even help with sleeping, which will help with anxiety.

Consume a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of pure hydroxide water daily. This will help with acid reduction, which will help reduce inflammation, which negatively effects anxiety.

Doing this will help you feel full and sometimes the body mistakes thirst for hunger. Also, water helps flush out toxins, which have a negative effect on anxiety.

Limit inflammatory foods. Common food intolerance include gluten, soy, dairy, and corn. These foods could be causing an inflammatory response within the body causing chronic pain or even depression.

Limit or eliminate these foods to see if your body has a positive metabolic response. Laboratory testing is also available to check for food intolerance.

Nutrition should only be a piece of your treatment plan. If your anxiety is severe or interferes with your ability to function, you may need additional therapy, medication and/or support.
Anxiety and Nutrition

Anxiety and Nutrition

Anxietyis treated and managed through therapy and in some cases medication. Nutrition can play an important role in managing anxiety. Focusing on stabilizing mood and facilitating a sense of control over their daily routine.

The nutrition plan will specifically work to manage symptoms of anxiety by incorporating Omega 3 fatty acids, while being low in processed sugar, optimal high quality proteins, dye free and chemical pure whole foods are recommended as much as possible.

Those who suffer from anxiety should incorporate healthy fats, antioxidants, fiber and optimal macro nutrient breakdowns daily.

Nutrition is a part of the treatment plan for anxiety nutrition modifications and will work best in addition to a professional support team and/or a supervised medication regimen if necessary. The menu below is a lifestyle nutrition plan that is designed for those who suffer from anxiety.

Recipes available upon request/ aim to consume at least half of your body weight in ounces of pure hydroxide alkaline water throughout the day.

This is recommended because pure hydroxide alkaline water will reduce acidity by combining with H+ protons forming water. Reducing acidity, thus acidosis will reduce inflammation, which will help anxiety disorder and many other chronic diseases.

Anxiety and Gut Flora Balance

Microbiota (healthy gut bacteria) are important in normal healthy brain function. There is a relation between stress and these bacteria, and how alterations in microbiota influence stress-related behaviors.

New research and data suggests there is a direct relationship with mental illness, chronic pain, brain function, behavior and optimal healthy gut bacteria levels through various metabolic pathways.

Our Nutritional Program has implemented these concepts in addition to the anti-inflammation nutrition nature of the plan. Food chemicals are not new, but years ago people were only exposed to them sporadically.

Unfortunately, today’s population is exposed to harmful food chemicals every day resulting in inflammation and metabolism disruption.

In order to minimize the amount of chemicals you consume, be sure to purchase quality, all-natural, additive-free beef, poultry, seafood and produce.

As mentioned before consuming foods that will reduce inflammation including a pure Hydroxide Alkaline water, raw fatty nuts, nut butters and seeds, avocados, dark berries, leafy greens, healthy oils and fatty fish like wild caught salmon.

Foods to include in daily nutrition: Omega 3 fatty acids from walnuts, wild caught salmon, avocados, brain boosting healthy fat from coconut oil, and copious amounts of vegetables and some fruit.

Foods to Avoid: Gluten, sugar, syrups, processed meats, juice, candy or pastries.

Please note the menu is approximately 70% alkaline and 30% acidic. This lean towards alkalinity will help reduce inflammation, which we have discussed above.

Lifestyle/Environmental Impact

Lifestyle habits may contribute to inflammation leading to anxiety symptoms.

Continuous exposure to toxins, such as dyes, chemicals and pollution can also affect brain health. Consuming a balanced diet and supplementation, rich in micro and macro nutrients, is essential for the health of all metabolic systems.

Starting out by modifying behavior and following the simple nutrition strategies will help manage and reduce symptoms of anxiety.

Consume a well balanced meal to start the day and at every meal.This should include fibrous and complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and natural clean proteins.

This will help keep you feeling full and contains certain chemicals that will help with mood and anxiety like serotonin and melatonin and even help with sleeping, which will help with anxiety.

Consume a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of pure hydroxide water daily. This will help with acid reduction, which will help reduce inflammation, which negatively effects anxiety.

Doing this will help you feel full and sometimes the body mistakes thirst for hunger. Also, water helps flush out toxins, which have a negative effect on anxiety.

Limit inflammatory foods. Common food intolerance include gluten, soy, dairy, and corn. These foods could be causing an inflammatory response within the body causing chronic pain or even depression. Limit or eliminate these foods to see if your body has a positive metabolic response. Laboratory testing is also available to check for food intolerance.

Nutrition should only be a piece of your treatment plan. If your anxiety is severe or interferes with your ability to function, you may need additional therapy, medication and/or support.

Anxiety and Nutrition

Anxietyis treated and managed through therapy and in some cases medication. Nutrition can play an important role in managing anxiety. Focusing on stabilizing mood and facilitating a sense of control over their daily routine.

The nutrition plan will specifically work to manage symptoms of anxiety by incorporating Omega 3 fatty acids, while being low in processed sugar, optimal high quality proteins, dye free and chemical pure whole foods are recommended as much as possible. Those who suffer from anxiety should incorporate healthy fats, antioxidants, fiber and optimal macro nutrient breakdowns daily. Nutrition is a part of the treatment plan for anxiety nutrition modifications and will work best in addition to a professional support team and/or a supervised medication regimen if necessary. The menu below is a lifestyle nutrition plan that is designed for those who suffer from anxiety.

Recipes available upon request/ aim to consume at least half of your body weight in ounces of pure hydroxide alkaline water throughout the day. This is recommended because pure hydroxide alkaline water will reduce acidity by combining with H+ protons forming water. Reducing acidity, thus acidosis will reduce inflammation, which will help anxiety disorder and many other chronic diseases.

Anxiety and Gut Flora Balance

Microbiota (healthy gut bacteria) are important in normal healthy brain function. There is a relation between stress and these bacteria, and how alterations in microbiota influence stress-related behaviors. New research and data suggests there is a direct relationship with mental illness, chronic pain, brain function, behavior and optimal healthy gut bacteria levels through various metabolic pathways.

Our Nutritional Program has implemented these concepts in addition to the anti-inflammation nutrition nature of the plan. Food chemicals are not new, but years ago people were only exposed to them sporadically. Unfortunately, today’s population is exposed to harmful food chemicals every day resulting in inflammation and metabolism disruption. In order to minimize the amount of chemicals you consume, be sure to purchase quality, all-natural, additive-free beef, poultry, seafood and produce. As mentioned before consuming foods that will reduce inflammation including a pure Hydroxide Alkaline water, raw fatty nuts, nut butters and seeds, avocados, dark berries, leafy greens, healthy oils and fatty fish like wild caught salmon.

Foods to include in daily nutrition: Omega 3 fatty acids from walnuts, wild caught salmon, avocados, brain boosting healthy fat from coconut oil, and copious amounts of vegetables and some fruit.

Foods to Avoid: Gluten, sugar, syrups, processed meats, juice, candy or pastries.

Please note the menu is approximately 70% alkaline and 30% acidic. This lean towards alkalinity will help reduce inflammation, which we have discussed above.

Author

Author: Dr. Keith Kantor

Dr. Kantor has been an advocate of natural food and healthy living for 30 years. He is also on the Board of Directors for NAMI.org in Gwinnett. NAMI is the largest nonprofit in the United States dealing with Mental Illness including substance abuse. He has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Science. He has also written three books(see drkeithkantor.com and namedprogram.com ). Dr.Kantor has also been on several hundred Radio shows, T. V. shows, Newspapers, and Magazines, speaking on how to live a healthy lifestyle. You can connect with him on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter

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