Anxiety and Diet

                Anxiety and Stress

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If we do not eat regularly, this can lead to low blood sugar levels and feelings of dizziness, trembling, weakness and low energy levels. Everyone is unique and has different levels of tolerances to foods, but the following should be considered if suffering from stress/anxiety.

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If we eat a lot of sugary snacks, the effect is that we will get bursts of energy shortly after eating, which can lead to feelings of restlessness, tension and irritability, but this energy burst will drop rapidly as the glucose in the sugary snacks is burnt off very quickly. Result – blood sugar levels go from too high to too low, leaving you feeling low, tired therefore requiring a further pick-up such as another sugary snack, and so a vicious circle occurs. The ideal approach is to eat complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, potatoes, fruit and vegetables, as the sugar in these foods digests slowly and is released into the blood circulation very gradually – not overwhelming the body’s ability to handle it.

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Caffeine is contained not only in coffee but in many types of tea, cola, chocolate, cocoas and over the counter drugs.

Caffeine has a stimulating effect on several different symptoms in the body. It makes you feel alert and awake. It also produces the same symptoms as when you are anxious, i.e. it speeds up the body, so too much caffeine can make you feel anxious, tense and aroused. After the initial pick-up people with anxiety/excessive stress may find that caffeine intake makes them more tired than before. Recommended daily consumption of caffeine is no more than 100mg (1-2 cups of coffee/tea depending on strength) and the average chocolate bar contains 25mg. However, cutting down on your caffeine intake should be done slowly to avoid withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, depression, and fatigue. Excess amounts of caffeine (more than 4 or 5 cups a day) can dramatically trigger anxiety, irritability, and mood swings.

Caffeine depletes the body’s store of B-complex vitamins and essential minerals like potassium, which are important in the chemical reactions that convert food to usable energy, so deficiency of these nutrients increases anxiety, mood swings, and fatigue. Coffee, black tea and chocolate all inhabit iron absorption, thus worsening cases of anemia.

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Nicotine is as strong stimulant as caffeine. It stimulates physical arousal and makes your heart work harder (which it may already be doing due to anxiety), therefore making it twice as hard to relax. It is advisable not to smoke before bedtime, as this may impede sleep.

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Alcohol has a depressant effect on our bodies, reducing inhibitions and effecting our judgement and perception, thus giving the false impression of being relaxed. The body can easily develop tolerance to alcohol and physical dependence can occur as more and more alcohol is consumed.

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Here at SaFireFox aim goal is to help all people in need. We primarily started our Bright Sparks Project charity to help friends and families in need of support with Mental Health Issues and all that comes with it, but as we are very much aware we recognize that everyone is susceptible to suffer from some form of mental health difficulty at some point/s in their life. From general daily life struggles to more complex situations such as redundancy, mobility issues. To more delicate affairs such as grievance and loss.

Our friendly team here at Bright Sparks SAFIREFOX LTD understand all of lifes difficult situations as we also have suffered through hardships through no fault of our own and realise the difficulties they can impact on our general well-being and Mental Health. We want to help make that difference. Nobody should be left to struggle alone. Lets help them find the light and bring brightness and happiness back to all.

At current we do not have a public premises so we are unable to provide the courses and groups we wish to provide to the public and people in need. In support of this we are doing many fundraising events around the world to fund a community charity project to secure a premises to starts our courses such as self-help therapies to further learning and even tea and coffee groups for general chit chat, socializing and for any information or help needed with a particular situation.

We are doing most of our works online at current. If you wish to contact us for any further information or would like help with something we would be more than happy to help. If we do not hold the answer for what you are looking for our research team are on hand to take on your enquiry and get back to you with the most relevant details for your situation.

We hope you have a most fantastic day my friends and best wishes to you from us all here at SaFireFox Ltd and from our Bright Sparks Team. Toodle Pip.

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