Stress & Anxiety
Admin99 | 1st January 2021
If an individual is continually stressed and anxious then my first recommendation is always that they speak with their GP and seek out a good therapist to discuss their feelings with. This is really important.
Then, I would suggest that we review their diet. Here are a few ways in which food and mood are closely linked:
- Neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and GABA are synthesised in the gut. These neurotransmitters are responsible for pleasure, motivation and a sense of calm. Stress, anxiety and depression may occur if we’re not sufficiently manufacturing these brain chemicals.
- When processed foods are broken down in the gut, inflammatory lipo-polysaccharides are produced. These LPSs can travel up the vagus nerve and cross the blood-brain-barrier where they become an irritant to the brain. On the other hand, when we eat a natural and calming diet, our gut bacteria produce gorgeous short-chain fatty acids, resulting in a calm, chilled, satisfaction.
- When we are hungry, calorie deficient or nutrient deficient, our bodies are designed to go into stress mode so eating good quality foods on a regular base can help us to feel calmer.
- The stress response robs other systems of nutrients. Therefore when we are chronically stressed or anxious this may affect our immune system or reproductive system. A nutritional therapist can support you in ensuring that you have appropriate nutrient and mineral levels to deal with the stress while remaining healthy.
These are just a very few examples of the relationship between food and mood.