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3 LITTLE KNOWN TIPS FOR COPING WITH ANXIETY

December 2015

1.  EAT MORE FAT you need to feed your brain.
We know that our bones deteriorate if we don’t consume enough calcium and magnesium. We know eating junk food can lead to skin issues like eczema and breakouts. We know that eating sugar and refined carbohydrates can lead to gut issues and constipation. Likewise, if you’re not eating to feed the brain, it can lead to issues like poor cognitive function, depression and anxiety.

2.  EAT HEALTHY FOODS that support digestion and eliminate foods that don’t. Take a probiotic to promote healthy flora, the stomach is called the second brain.

3. USE MAGNESIUM
It’s been estimated that over 90% of Australians are deficient in magnesium. Which makes sense. Our soil has been depleted of it, and our food rapidly loses magnesium the longer it is from the time it’s picked to the time it reaches your plate.

Magnesium is essential for a balanced mood. It’s a mineral that provides feelings of calm and relaxation. It helps us sleep. But when we’re stressed, our bodies rapidly deplete magnesium. When we eat sugar, our body uses magnesium to process it. Considering that most people are stressed and regularly eat sugar, chances are that you’re not just lacking magnesium, you might be severely deficient.

The brain has a direct effect on the stomach. For example, the very thought of eating can release the stomach’s juices before food gets there. This connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. That’s because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected — so intimately that they should be viewed as one system.