A well-balanced diet

Food is a powerful tool to keep your anxiety at bay. Making changes to your nutrition so that your diet is healthy and balanced can make a significant difference to your wellbeing. There are two steps involved: 1) reducing your intake of foodstuffs that might trigger anxiety and 2) introducing healthier options to create the right balanced diet that will help nourish your mind and body.

Avoid anxiety-making foods

When your blood sugar levels surge, when your gut health is poor, when you drink too much coffee and cola, anxiety levels can go through the roof. Take care to reduce your consumption of these common foodstuffs as part of achieving a balanced diet.

For further information, check out this helpful guide on mood food

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Dairy

High in cholesterol and saturated fat

Coffee

Caffeine

A stimulant that can increase irritability 

Donut with Icing

Refined carbs

Converts into sugars and increases risk of obesity

Steak

Red meat

Linked to heart disease and inflammation

Liquors

Alcohol

Drinking excessively can affect your mood

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Additives

A cause of hyperactivity and irritability

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Junk food

Full of salt, sugar and saturated fats

white sugar in wood spoon on wood table.

Sugar

Raises blood sugar levels and leads to weight gain

Spilled salt and saltshaker on blue back

Salt

Drives up your blood pressure