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Ask the expert: can food help ease my anxiety?

If your stomach lining is inflamed, you can expect to feel anxious and/or depressed for no reason

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15 Nov 2016 | 11:34 am
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I feel anxious for no reason. Should I try to change my diet?

Many people are going through the same thing with no real physical or psychological cause. The problem begins in what I call our ‘second brain’, which is the gut.

Our gut health, to a great extent, determines the way our brain responds or reacts to many situations throughout the day. The brain will understand the emotion but your gut will physiologically feel it. For instance, ‘butterflies in your tummy’ when your brain is excited or nervous.

If your stomach lining is inflamed, you can expect to feel anxious and/or depressed for no reason. Stubborn fat, especially around the waist, uncontrollable carb cravings, increased appetite and disturbed sleep patterns, and inflammatory disorders such as of the thyroid and arthritis, can also lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.

The fact is 95 per cent of our serotonin production, which is our happy hormone, takes place in our gut. Start having anti-inflammatory foods like ghee, avocados and greens and take an omega 3 pill with 2000 mg of omega 3 from fish oil to speed up the healing.

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Rashi Chowdhary