Feeling Pain or Anxiety? Check Your Diet
Do you know what’s in your food?
Unless you’re putting in the time to get locally grown and raised food, taking special care to get completely natural food, the answer is probably no.
There has been much advancement in the field of human nutrition. Not all of them good. Although food stays “good” for longer now, and it’s easier than ever to satisfy our taste buds, we’re also eating a lot of chemicals that aren’t good for our health.
Our bodies turn food into cells. So to some extent, we are what we eat. For women, it’s very important to eat right. Food affects women differently. When you become pregnant, what you eat becomes the cells that create your child.
It is always better to cook natural foods for yourself and your loved ones, than choose processed or fast foods.
It can be easy to forget how big of an impact food has on our lives.
Which Foods Cause Anxiety?
Some foods cause anxiety. Unfortunately these are often the foods we love, and some we even feel we can’t get through the day without. When we eat these foods, they cause an anxious presence in our body. Sometimes we can use that as energy, but if you are feeling an overload of stress and anxiety, these foods are probably increasing the problem.
For many, caffeine is a wonder drug. It can make it a lot easier to get up in the morning, and helps us get our work done. It also causes some anxiety when consumed, and this extends past the duration of the effect. One way to work around the issues caused by caffeine is to change how you take it. If you have a cup of black coffee in the morning, try and replace it with green tea. You still get the caffeine, but green tea has anti-anxiety properties as well.
Much of our food is manufactured today. It’s not in its natural form. Instead high-fructose corn syrup is replacing many natural ingredients. Corn syrup is highly unhealthy for our bodies. When we eat it, it creates anxiety and stress. It’s also highly addictive. If the only change you make to your diet is avoiding corn syrup, you’ll see major beneficial results very quickly.
Also, beware of “natural” sweeteners; many of these are actually manufactured, but allowed to be labeled as natural. They may technically come from natural sources, but they aren’t foods that we would ever eat in nature.
Salt is an important nutrient for our bodies, but it can also cause anxiety if you consume too much. When we eat a big salty meal we’re often left very thirsty and dehydrated afterwards. This contributes to anxiety. The food itself is not good for our body, which means the anxiety lasts after the food is digested.
Obviously it’s very difficult to remove salt entirely from a diet, but dramatically limiting your intake of salt-heavy foods will go a long way in lowering your anxiety levels.
Fast food is really a combination of all the harmful foods discussed above. It has loads of salt, corn syrup, and will often include a caffeinated beverage as well. So if you find yourself eating fast food regularly, then you have a big clue as to where your anxiety is coming from.
We have been trained to crave these foods. It’s literally an addiction. That’s why it’s so hard to get off of processed foods. We do crave them and we’re so used to eating them, that going without them almost feels wrong. (Even if our body starts feeling better.)
Here’s the key: eating healthy does not have to be a struggle. In fact, it can be an incredibly rewarding process.
For most women, putting on weight is a problem. What we need to realize, is that putting on weight is a result of the foods we eat. When we mainly eat processed and fast foods, we’re guaranteed to feel unhealthy, and put on weight quickly.
When we’re able to switch to whole organic foods, and grass-fed meats, something amazing happens…
We start to feel better. That’s because we’re getting nutrients that the body desperately needs.
Eating processed foods is an addiction. Like any addiction, breaking it takes work, but the rewards are incredible. Many of your current body issues can disappear. Whether this is a pain or anxiety issue, a weight issue, or a health issue, it can all, at the very least, be helped considerably by eating healthy foods.
After only a week of eating healthy foods, you’ll be able to feel the difference.
Contact Dr John Bailey if you would like to discuss your health and diet.