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Do you suffer from anxiety or are you stressed?  Sweaty palms, racing heartbeats, nervousness, headaches, butterflies in the tummy and even insomnia.  You are not alone.
The first Singapore Mental Health Study in 2010 concluded that 9.3% of Singapore Residents would have at least one mood or anxiety disorder at some point of their adult lifetime caused by stress.
You need stress to motivate you to push through tasks or get you motivated, that is eustress - the good stress. Stress becomes distress when it immobilises you, and prolonged distress is not healthy. In the long run the cortisol stress hormones produced in your body will cause physiological breakdowns.
Anxiety can be caused by daily stress or events, medical conditions and trauma. You need a physician to treat severe anxiety. Mild anxiety can be helped by making life style changes or having a good shoulder to cry on. Supportive relationships are important. 
One of these is taking a peek at the foods that you are eating. And these may also be the reason why your stress anxiety worsens.

4 Foods To Stop Eating If You Suffer With Stress Anxiety

1. Coffee and caffeinated products
Though caffein is reported to be a metabolism booster for weight loss and a performance enhancement, it also blocks the body from being able to absorb vitamin D and vitamin B, the mood-balancers vitamins.
If you must coffee, drink a cup before 10 a.m.or drink it pre workout. Drink chamomile tea after, to help relieve stress.

2. Soy products
Eat soy products in moderation as it toys with hormonal balance.
If you are looking for protein source, other than animal products,  try beans or quinoa.

3. Processed Foods
Processed foods tend to be packed in containers that contain BPA, which can alter genes in the section of your brain responsible for handling stress. Bad news for children too as shown by a joint study by California-Berkeley Universities that children exposed to BPA, increased their chances with a much higher risj of having anxiety when they are older.

To help your body fight anxiety,  stick to fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.
4. Hydrate
When you do not hydrate well, your body temperature increases. This will trigger an increase in blood pressure which will in turn trigger anxiety-like attacks such as racing heart beat. 

When you are stressed, you tend to breathe shallowly and breathe quickly - hyperventilate, giving you a higher dosage of carbon dioxide waste. In respiration, you lose water too. All these trigger light headedness and then you get panicky.
Keep calm. Breathe deeply. Sip water.

5. Keep calm and review this:

- am i worried about the what-ifs? Fear of the unknown? Is that realistic? What happens if it doesnt happen the way u visualise it to be? Then u would have wasted those times with stress.
- U control how u feel. Not others. They only control how u feel if u ket them.
- when u are stressed and unhappy thoughts come into your mind, snap a rubber band at your wrist. This is conditioning response so u train yourself to stop all negative thoughts.
When you stress, go in front of a mirror and take a look at your reflection. Self check jolt us to reality now.

All moods are srlf inflicted or self prophesied. Choose.
Yours always in Health and Happiness,
Dee Dee

P/S: you are welcome to share these information and good mood around!

Dee Dee Mahmood, multi award winning Celebrity Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist, is the Academic Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University Australia. Her PhD research on obesity was chosen for its impact on obesity in Asia and was accepted and presented at the President's Cup Award, American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Annual Meeting in Tacoma, Washington. This TEDX Speaker has several signature community programs to her name, Fat2Fit Asia and Walking Football for Health Asia. She conducts  synergy on community and corporate health and research collaborations internationally.

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