Cope With Anxiety Through Diet

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Better Than Tranquilizers

Are you battling symptoms of anxiety? In 2008 in the United States alone, 85 million prescriptions were filled for the top 20 antianxiety drugs. That figure doesn´t include all the silent sufferers who choose alternative treatments to treat their condition.

Recently, research has shown that diet impacts our moods. Did you know that a change in diet may be enough to alleviate your symptoms? Of course, each of us is a unique individual whose reaction to medication and diet is also unique. But if a simple adjustment in lifestyle might be enough to give you relief from anxiety, would you be willing to give it a try?


Direct Correlation Between Diet and Mood

According to Dr. Abravanel´s lifestyle and diet plan, our metabolism is driven by one dominant gland. This gland may be the thyroid, adrenals, pituitary or gonads. For example, more than a quarter of the population has a metabolism driven by the thyroid gland. Carbohydrates, sugars and caffeine stimulate the thyroid to produce more hormones. Thyroid hormones play an important role in the body. They determine the rate at which the body burns food. Thyroid hormones also control the flow of energy and sugars from the liver to the blood. The thyroid affects heart rate and muscle tone. If the thyroid goes awry, you can imagine the effect that would have on your body. Of course, hyper or hypo-thyroidism definitely impacts mood. But even daily over-stimulation of the thyroid through diet can have a positive or negative effect on how we handle stress.

Another body type is an adrenal gland-driven metabolism. The adrenals give us the surge of adrenaline we need in a flight-or-flight reaction. But what if your diet is under or over stimulating your adrenal glands? You can imagine the havoc that could wreck on your mood, even producing anxiety or depression.

So yes, there is a direct link between our diet and how we manage stress. Diet can create balance in the body which leads to mental, physical and emotional balance. If our diet is creating a physical imbalance, then it will also affect our emotional or mental state.

We all have stresses in our lives. It may be physical, mental, psychological or a combination of all three. If we have any nutritional deficiencies, it creates more stress on the body. When we are under stress, we want to feel calmer and more centered so we can cope. Our unique metabolism causes us to crave specific foods that stimulate the principle gland of our metabolism. But if we have overstimulated this gland through the years then our body will no longer have the balance needed to deal with stress and anxiety.


How Metabolism Affects Mood

Of the four different metabolism types Dr. Abravanel identified, pituitary types crave dairy to give them a mood or energy lift. Thyroid types crave starches, sugars or caffeine. Adrenal types crave foods such as meat, fats and salt. Gonadal types need spices, fat and oils to get a similar lift in mood or energy.

The problem is that with the passage of time, a person will need more of a certain food to get the same lift. For example, a thyroid type may feel a happier or more energetic after eating one candy bar. After a while it will take two, three or more sweet items to get the same effect. This leads to a gradual weakening of the dominant gland. The result is a vicious cycle of overeating of the wrong types of foods which can lead to mood disorders or weight gain.

This condition can be corrected by either eliminating or drastically reducing foods that are over-stimulating the dominant gland. Through Dr. Abravanel´s body type test, I found out that I have a thyroid-driven metabolism. This means that I crave starches, sugars or caffeine to lift my mood or energy levels. In my case, I turned to sugars. Even an excess of natural sugars found in honey or fruit can put a thyroid type on an emotional rollercoaster. But I couldn´t believe that a change in diet would drastically affect my moods. I didn´t even believe my diet included too much sugar. I doubted this theory so much so that I waited a month before even trying the diet plan.

In my case, the issue wasn´t weight loss. My metabolism was still fast and I could consume a lot of sugary, starchy foods without gaining weight. My problem was erratic moods and feelings of anxiety. But after talking to friends who were following the diet and hearing their testimonies of how much calmer and centered they felt, I decided to give it a try.

I followed the diet strictly for several months until going on vacation. For about six weeks I didn´t follow the diet, although I never forgot the principles. Now I am back to a stricter lifestyle, although I still enjoy sugar from time-to-time. And I have to say that I feel more centered than ever. Even when life brings stresses my way I feel calm, centered and able to cope.

This diet is the best natural tranquilizer you will ever experience. I can even say that this diet has helped me more than any pill a doctor can prescribe. So are you ready to give it a try? What do you have to lose? You won´t regret it once you feel and see the positive effects of this diet.

Below you’ll find links to Dr. Abravanel´s body type test:

Dr. Abravanel´s Body Type Test for Women

Dr. Abravanel´s Body Type Test for Men

Once you have found your metabolism type, you can follow the links to learn more about the diet you should follow.

Commit yourself to one to three months on this diet so that you, too, can experience the calming effects of Dr. Abravanel’s Diet and Lifestyle Plan. You can take control of your life!

My Testimony

Through Dr. Abravanel´s body type test, I found out that I have a thyroid-driven metabolism. This means that I crave starches, sugars or caffeine to lift my mood or energy levels. In my case, I turned to sugars. Even an excess of natural sugars found in honey or fruit can put a thyroid type on an emotional rollercoaster. But I couldn´t believe that a change in diet would drastically affect my moods. I didn´t even believe my diet included too much sugar. I doubted this theory so much so that I waited a month before even trying the diet plan.

In my case, the issue wasn´t weight loss. My metabolism was still fast and I could consume a lot of sugary, starchy foods without gaining weight. My problem was erratic moods and feelings of anxiety. But after talking to friends who were following the diet and hearing their testimonies of how much calmer and centered they felt, I decided to give it a try.

I followed the diet strictly for several months until going on vacation. For about six weeks I didn´t follow the diet, although I never forgot the principles. Now I am back to a stricter lifestyle, although I still enjoy sugar from time-to-time. And I have to say that I feel more centered than ever. Even when life brings stresses my way I feel calm, centered and able to cope.

This diet is the best natural tranquilizer you will ever experience. I can even say that this diet has helped me more than any pill a doctor can prescribe. So are you ready to give it a try? What do you have to lose? You won´t regret it once you feel and see the positive effects of this diet.

Below you’ll find links to Dr. Abravanel´s body type test:


Dr. Abravanel´s Body Type Test for Women

Dr. Abravanel´s Body Type Test for Men


Once you have found your metabolism type, you can follow the links to learn more about the diet you should follow.

Commit yourself to one to three months on this diet so that you, too, can experience the calming effects of Dr. Abravanel’s Diet and Lifestyle Plan. You can take control of your life!

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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America Author

I'm glad you discovered your metabolism type GetitScene!


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GetitScene 2 years ago from The High Seas

I'm pituitary!


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America Author

SuzanneDay, I'm sorry about the anxiety. It's a terrible feeling. If caffeine affects you, I imagine you might see benefits from changing your diet, too. I hope you have a chance to try it!


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I recently found out that instead of the emphysema I was told I had, I had severe anxiety and couldn't breathe. I do eat a very very healthy diet, but caffeine was the naughty ingredient, making me get all panicky and think I was dying from emphysema! Gonna check out some of the diet you mentioned and see if it works. Voted useful.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America Author

Thank you Chitrangada Sharan!


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America Author

skperdon, our diet really does affect our moods more than we realize. I´m glad you learned something from this information.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very useful suggestions and an informative hub!

I agree with you that we should control anxiety through our diet and not medicines.

Thanks for sharing!


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skperdon 2 years ago from Canada

Interesting to know. Your hub has got me pegged vespawoolf! Carbs does lift my mood, didn't know that it was tied to my thyroid glands though. Thank you for writing this.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America Author

RTalloni, I so agree with you! There are so many side effects to medications and yet the pharmaceutical companies push them on people with attractive ads that push the side effects into the background. Of course, that´s a whole topic in itself! Thank you for reading.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America Author

DDE, life is stressful and all of us deal with it in different ways. Thank you for reading.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America Author

AliciaC, thanks for your comment! Yes, it´s nice to know we can gain control of our lives through means other than pills.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America Author

Jackie Lynnley, thanks for your comment. I agree...there are so many ways to deal with our issues rather than pills.


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for highlighting a viable solution to the issues related to anti anxiety prescriptions. It is stunning to understand how many people are functioning on anxiety medications considering their side effects. The layers of the effects are ignored by both doctors and patients, making me wonder how many doctors are on the stuff!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Well-advised tips here on a very important topic. Sometimes anxiety can take a toll on certain individuals. Sounds like a wonderful idea to try this diet. You are so right about living stressful lives.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I'm glad that the diet has been so helpful for you, vespawoolf. It's always good to avoid medication when possible.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I don't battle these problems but have no doubt there is a better natural way than tranquilizers. This does sound very interesting and I hope those with a problem will take note and try this.

Great to see you! ^+

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