The Truth About Anxiety Revealed: Insights from a Neuro-Nutritionist – PART 1

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Did you know there is an intricate connection between food and anxiety?

Yes, diet has a considerable effect on mental health and anxiety. 

It may not come as a surprise that the food we consume can significantly impact our anxiety levels – it can either worsen or alleviate it. But what you may not realize is that anxiety isn’t always a bad thing – it can serve as a powerful incentive for success!

In this special 2-part series, let’s delve into the complex relationship between nutrition, brain function, and emotional well-being to offer valuable insights into a critical issue we face in society today.

In this blog, we’ll uncover two surprising truths about anxiety and look at how food can negatively impact our mental well-being. Then be sure to check out part 2 of this series when we consider the best foods to choose.

The Truth About Anxiety Revealed 

Many people who experience anxiety believe it to be a bad thing, and in many cases, that may be true. But when we start to understand what anxiety actually is and why it shows up, our perspective on anxiety may change.

So, let me reveal two little-known secrets about anxiety.

First, anxiety can be a positive thing. 

Second, anxiety is one way our brain shows us love and that our lives matter.

Let me explain.


When harnessed appropriately, anxiety can provide the fuel to help us strive for excellence and overcome challenges. It gives us an adrenaline boost, increases motivation, improves productivity, and boosts overall performance. 

As unpleasant and difficult as anxiety can be, if it’s appropriate and proportionate to the circumstances in which it arises, situational anxiety can have a positive impact.

Think about a time you felt under pressure and a little anxious – perhaps before a big exam, job interview, or giving a presentation or performance. You may have gotten butterflies in your stomach, sweaty palms, and a lump in your throat. Maybe you couldn’t sleep well for days before the event. 

These feelings and sensations motivated you to work harder to prepare for the event. And when it’s time for the event, the physiological traits of anxiety (when we enter “fight or flight” mode) will help improve our ability to perform, give us a burst of strength, and increase our alertness in the moment.

This is referred to as situational anxiety and includes an appropriate level of anxiety for the given situation. That means the right amount of anxiety can help us do better. As long as we’re able to keep our anxiety under control using self-care methods that work best for us, we can start to use anxiety to our advantage and experience its benefits.

We would like to thank Kelly for sharing this educational story with us. 

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