Why Is Anxiety Disastrous For Gut Health?

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

What does an anxiety attack feel like? Heart pounding, mind racing, can't fall asleep, can't focus and being unmotivated are just some of the feelings of being anxious. It is a horrible feeling. Plus, anxiety can cause physical symptoms.

anxiety is disastrous for gut health

Upset stomach, headache, nausea, gas, bloating and diarrhea are just a few of the physical symptoms of an anxiety attack. If anxiety is allowed to go on for a long period of time without being managed, it causes the body to constantly produce stress hormones. Managing anxiety does not mean taking pharmaceuticals. In fact, lifestyle changes can be just as effective as pharmaceuticals and without nasty side effects.


FOODS THAT HELP WITH ANXIETY


Food is medicine! There are so many illnesses, diseases and health concerns that can be managed and eliminated by eating the right foods. Foods that are high in the following nutrients can help manage anxiety:


  • Omega-3 - found in fatty fish such as salmon but also plant based foods such as brussel sprouts, walnuts and chia seeds

  • Selenium - found in brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and lentils

  • Vitamin D - found in soy milk and mushrooms

  • Potassium - found in beans, dried fruit and avocado

  • Turmeric - a spice in the ginger family

  • Theanine - found in tea

Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet is usually lacking in the above nutrients. Americans tend to eat a lot of animal protein, processed foods and very few fruits, vegetables and whole grains.


THE HIGH PROTEIN MYTH


There is a belief that the only way to get protein is by eating meat, chicken, fish and pork. Also, most Americans believe we need to be eating a lot of protein. A lot more than adults should!


Needing to eat a lot of protein couldn't be further from the truth! Adults don't need to eat a lot of protein, especially from animals. Every day, adults need only 30 grams of protein. Why? Protein is the building block for growing which is why it is so important to have high protein when we are children and still growing.

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Adults are not growing! Eating excess animal protein, such as 50 to 70 grams a day, will only make it harder to lose weight and can potentially have serious impact on your health. For example, people that eat very high protein diets have a higher risk of kidney stones.


Also a high protein diet that contains lots of red meat and high amounts of saturated fat might lead to a higher risk of heart disease and colon cancer, while another high protein diet rich in plant-based protein