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Nutrition

We have all heard the saying "you are what you eat". When we examine the foods and substances we consume, and see how they affect our mood and behavior, we often find there is much truth in this old saying.

Too much caffeine can lead to anxiety and a feeling of jitteriness. This central nervous system stimulant can exacerbate anxiety states, heighten fears and phobias, alter social behavior and impair sleep.

Excessive carbohydrate consumption can lead to mood swings, depression, lethargy and impaired concentration. This is especially true of the simple sugars and starches.

Most people are aware of the harmful effects of alcohol and mood altering drugs, however many fail to recognize these effects in themselves.

Overeating can be both a cause and a result of emotional distress. It can lead to obesity, which is related to depression and a host of psychological symptoms.

Not eating enough or bingeing and purging (vomiting) are eating disorders in their own right and associated with disturbances in self perception and social anxiety.

Examine your eating habits. Are you overweight? Underweight? Do you eat a balanced diet? Educate yourself. Talk to a nutritionist or your physician.

 

 

 

 

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