Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

'Feel Good' Foods Can Help Reduce Anxiety

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

'Feel Good' Foods Can Help Reduce Anxiety

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Dear Doctor K: I suffer from anxiety but would rather not take medication. I already exercise and practice relaxation therapy. Could dietary changes help further quell my worries?

Dear Reader:

When thinking about dietary strategies to help relieve anxiety, start with the basics. That means eating a balanced diet, drinking enough water, and limiting or avoiding alcohol and caffeine.

So, maintaining a more even blood sugar level creates a calmer feeling. The take-home? Choose whole grains, vegetables and fruits over highly refined or processed foods to help keep blood sugar -- and mood -- more stable.

When you eat is also important. Don't skip meals. Doing so may result in a drop in blood sugar that causes you to feel jittery, worsening underlying anxiety. …

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