Anxiety is one of ADHD’s best friends. It seems that anxiety and/or depression often show up with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Dealing with anxiety can truly be a challenge. It can be hard to get through everyday life when you are continuously anxious and fearful.
For years I have recommended a good healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet as a way to treat ADHD symptoms. Now it turns out that the same approach can work for anxiety as well.
Lean proteins and fresh veggies and fruit can improve your overall health and help you manage anxiety as well. More water and less sugar and caffeine will help as well.
Protein at breakfast can keep your energy up throughout the day and complex carbs will help boost your serotonin levels which will not only help you stay calmer, but help depression and ADHD too. Foods that contain whole grains are a good source of complex carbs. Avoid simple carbs like sweetened drinks and processed foods.
Be sure to eat a balanced diet at most meals and try to limit alcohol and caffeine.
Also, according to the Mayo Clinic, food allergies or sensitivities can trigger anxiety and mood changes. Foods with gluten (wheat, barley or rye) or casein (dairy products) are often associated with ADHD so you might want to start by eliminating those foods for a few days to a week to see if you notice a difference.
Lance Armstrong’s site Live Strong also suggests foods rich in Omega 3’s such as salmon and naturally raised beef. They also suggest foods high in calcium. If you’re trying to avoid dairy, you can still get calcium from foods like kale, Bok Choy, broccoli, salmon, tofu and beans.
There are so many good reasons to eat well. Fighting anxiety is just one of them. If anxiety is troubling your life, start by making some healthier choices. And remember, baby steps. You don’t have to change everything overnight.