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Food, Drink, & Anxiety | 101 Anxiety Tips (#3)

Updated: Mar 21, 2023

Do certain foods cause anxiety? Do certain foods help ease anxiety? Does diet influence our overall mental health? And if so, can you lower your anxiety state by simply changing your diet? We tackle these and other questions in this video.

Welcome to our third video in the series: “101 Anxiety Tips.” In today’s video, we simplify the complex world of diet and anxiety into three key lists: 5 Beneficial Eating Habits, 5 Foods to Avoid or Limit, and 5 Foods to Embrace. Let me know if you enjoyed today’s video.

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00:00 Teaser 01:45 Does Diet Affect Anxiety? 03:05 5 Beneficial Eating Habits 05:35 5 Foods to Avoid or Limit 08:29 5 Foods to Embrace 11:03 Final Thoughts / Resources



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  4. Kassel, Gabrielle. “This New Diet Is Supposed to Help Your Anxiety—So I Tried It.” January 11, 2019. Accessed November 25, 2020.

  5. Kiecolt-Glaser, Janice K, Martha A Belury, Rebecca Andridge, William B Malarkey, and Ronald Glaser. “Omega-3 supplementation lowers inflammation and anxiety in medical students: a randomized controlled trial.” Brain Behav Immun. 2011 Nov;25(8):1725-34.

  6. Miller, Ali. “The Anti-Anxiety Diet: A Whole Body Program to Stop Racing Thoughts, Banish Worry and Live Panic-Free.” Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press, 2018.

  7. Murphy, Michelle and Julian G Mercer. “Diet-Regulated Anxiety.” International Journal of Endocrinology. 2013 Aug 20. Accessed November 25, 2020.

  8. Naidoo, Uma. “Nutritional strategies to ease anxiety.” Harvard Medical School. April 13, 2016. Updated August 29, 2019. Accessed November 25, 2020.

  9. Naidoo, Uma. “This Is Your Brain on Food: An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods that Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and More.” New York: Hachette Book Group, 2020.

  10. Sawchuk, Craig N. “Coping with anxiety: Can diet make a difference?” Mayo Clinic Website. Accessed November 25, 2020.

  11. Scott, Trudy. “The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution.” Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2011.

  12. Younkin, Lainey. “What is a Complex Carbohydrate?” Eating Well. November 22, 2017. Accessed November 25, 2020.


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