How to Reduce Anxiety and Stress

  • 11 Aug 2013
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If you often feel anxious and stressed there are simple nutrition changes that can make a big difference.

Man Stressed at DeskApart from psychological approaches to beating stress and anxiety, there are important nutritional changes that help to get you out of a constant state of anxiety and a tendency to over-react to stress. Making these changes will give you more clarity and energy to then deal with underlying life and psychological issues that generate anxiety, such as areas of insecurity and the overwhelming feeling of having too much to do.

Andrew is a case in point. Managing a chain of supermarkets had left him very stressed. In the day he’d drink coffee and in the evening he’d relax with a beer or some wine, as otherwise he would experience difficulty sleeping. He was also gaining weight. He went on my low-GL diet, quit drinking coffee and booze, and took some supplements. Three weeks later he said, “My energy is through the roof, I don’t feel stressed and I have no problem sleeping, and waking refreshed.”

Here are the key changes that make the most difference.

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Eat a Low GL diet and supplement chromium
The state of anxiety is associated with raised levels of the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol. When your blood sugar dips (often a rebound from blood sugar highs) this promotes the release of adrenal hormones, as do stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine. So, the first step towards reducing anxiety is to balance your blood sugar by eating a low GL diet containing slow-releasing carbohydrates eaten with protein and avoid or, at least considerably reduce, your use of both stimulants and alcohol (see below). This alone has a major effect in reducing anxiety.

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