Hi I am an APD dietitian and have had personal experince in the association of food and mental health.
Anxiety and depression can be very debiltating, and depressing in itself. Triggered by a number of factors, including what stress does to the digestive and hormonal systems.
Another way of supporting yourself in conjunction with counselling or psychological support is to look at your eating as there is a huge correlation between the food we eat and what it does to the body's chemistry. Keep in mind, if we break everything down to its simplest matter, it is a bunch of molecules in their own simple arrangements. Add this to the mix the body's chemistry, low levels of vitamins, often Vitamin Bs, minerals including selenium, zinc and magnesium and it is setting up a way towards altering brain/gut function and as a result include symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic attacks.
Therefore, it could be useful to look at your diet, exercise, nutritional status. Seeing if there are reactions to the foods you eat. Personally, wheat and dairy will do my head in and get quite depressed. I now avoid these and eat other foods which provide me the nutrients i need to keep my body healthy and happy. A multivitamin, especially in the short term may be of benefit too.
I suggest speakin with Dietitian trained in mental health nutrition, and or food intolerances and take it from there. If you need help, ask.
To a more level life. Leah
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