Anxiety Treatments: Healthy Diet
Anxiety symptoms are symptoms of stress caused by anxiety (worry, fearful thinking). Any method used to reduce stress helps the body to calm down and become less symptomatic. The less stimulated the body is, the less symptomatic it will be.
While a healthy diet isn’t going to address the underlying factors associated with anxiety, it may help to buffer your body from the negative effects of anxiety-caused stress.
How helpful is a healthy diet?
In a poll we recently conducted, participants indicated:
Of those who tried a healthy diet:
- 17% said they experienced no difference
- 82% said they experienced little to
- no one experienced complete relief
- .9% said it made things worse
We do know, however, that some dietary elements, especially foods that contain stimulants (caffeine, chocolate, raw sugars), can increase the body's stimulation, and therefore, can aggravate stress and anxiety symptoms.
Reducing and eliminating these elements can help to reduce symptoms.
Since each person is different, what may work for one person may not for another. We encourage you to use caution and discernment when trying anxiety treatment options.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated November 20, 2018.