Studies into the causes of anxiety and depression have found that diet directly affects your mental state.
Unlocking Brain Chemistry
Serotonin is a chemical produced by the brain and gut, often called “the happiness hormone” because it promotes calm and a feeling of well-being. Many common anti-depressant medications have been specifically formulated to stimulate serotonin production. Serotonin acts as a hormone in the gut and a neurotransmitter in the brain. (3)
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness, affecting 18% of the American population alone. They develop as the result of a complex set of factors, including personality, brain chemistry, genetics, and life experiences. Anxiety disorders often accompany depression. (1) Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. Panic attacks occur spontaneously and often when there’s no real threat, only a perceived one.
It is characterized by the following physical symptoms (2):
Chest or stomach pain
Breathing difficulty – shortness of breath or feeling smothered
Weakness or dizziness
Feeling hot or a cold chill
Tingly or numb hands
We often cannot change things that happen to us but how we handle life’s curve balls dictates our quality of life. However, if we could change things, who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity.
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