How the type of grains women eat can affect their mental health

A team of Iranian and Canadian researchers recently teamed up to publish a study in the European Journal of Nutrition, showing a connection between the type of grain women eat and their mental health.

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3 food groups that may affect anxiety and depression symptoms

Belgian researchers recently published an article in the European Journal of Public Health, showing a connection between diet and symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The researchers analyzed the data of over 2,000 participants from the Belgian National Food Consumption Survey 2014. Participants were 10–64 years of age, and the survey included information about each person’s food intake and symptoms of anxiety and depress (what the researchers described as psychological distress). The researchers examined the relationship between these two datasets using logistic regression models,

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Pro-inflammatory foods might increase depression and anxiety

Earlier this month, Irish and American researchers published a study in Clinical Nutrition, showing a connection between mental health and a pro inflammation diet.

The researchers assessed the diet and mental health of over 2,000 adults. The looked for inflammatory diets and cross checked that against general well-being and symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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7 things you can do for back to school anxiety

Throughout the United States and Canada, school starts this week. For many places, school started last month. Either way, preparing for back to school and trying to get back into a set schedule after a relaxing summer can be a source of anxiety and stress for some people.

Luckily there are several things you can do that may help reduce your (or your child’s) anxiety and introduce calm into your life during this hectic time.

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Fast food may increase anxiety and stress levels

American researchers recently published a study in Journal Military Behavioral Health showing a connection between nutrition and levels of anxiety and stress.

The researchers enrolled over 350 soldiers to participate in their study to see if there is a relationship between food consumption behaviours and PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress.

What the researchers discovered was that soldiers who eating habits that were less healthy (such as eating more fast foods and more sweets) also had higher stress and anxiety levels.

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The 4 most common triggers of panic attacks

Not too long ago, we blogged about anxiety being more than just panic attacks. This article caught the attention of Jackie Edwards, a freelance writer who has suffered with crippling panic attacks and accompanying bouts of depression for years. They started when she worked in a high pressured job; the long hours and the lack of rest and relaxation led to a great deal of stress.

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Choline may be able to reduce anxiety levels

In 2009, Norwegian researchers published a study in the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition regarding the role that the essential nutrient choline plays in mental health.

Studying nearly 6000 subjects, researchers discovered that levels of choline were related to anxiety levels: those with lower choline levels had higher levels of anxiety, and those with higher choline levels had lower levels of anxiety.

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Study: EMPowerplus may help children with stress & anxiety

New Zealand researchers recently published a study where they found that EMPowerplus may help alleviate stress and anxiety in children.

The researchers designed a multiple-baseline trial to see what effect micronutrients — EMPowerplus specifically — could have on children experiencing stress and anxiety 2–3 years after a traumatic event, in this case, the 2010 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Rest and relaxation might help with your anxiety

Dealing with anxiety? One technique might be to try finding more time for relaxation.

In 1987, American researchers studied 42 male subjects who had previously indicated experiencing shyness when interacting with females. They were randomly assigned to either a control group or an experimental group.

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Anxiety isn’t just panic attacks

People face anxiety-causing situations regularly. Expectations at school, work, or home, as well as in relationships can be particularly troubling. Whether we’re about to take a big test at school, interview for a new job, or propose to our significant other, it’s normal to be nervous and experience what people refer to as “butterflies in the stomach”.

It’s different with anxiety disorders. You’re not just nervous. Your feelings don’t go away. In fact, the anxiety can get worse and can negatively affect your overall health. 

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