Anxiety is a pervasive and debilitating condition affecting millions worldwide. In the United States, statistics from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reveal that 51% of the population lives in a constant fight-or-flight state, including 19.1% of adults and 31.9% of adolescents. The repercussions of anxiety extend beyond emotional distress, manifesting as physical symptoms such as insomnia, headaches, digestive issues, substance abuse, and more, impacting the quality of daily life.
When you feel off, but your blood test results come back as normal, they say it’s all in your head. It can be frustrating. Years go by and, if no lifestyle changes are made, the unaddressed symptoms only get worse. You go in for another blood test, and now your results are outside the lab ranges – congratulations, you can now be diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency and start hormone replacement therapy.
Healthy nutrition does not have to be extreme, complicated, depriving, or bland. We have overanalyzed it and, in the process, have gone so far from the good old fashioned common sense that we’ve completely lost our way. Balance is key when it comes to the three macronutrients (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates); they are found in all foods in nature in just the right amounts for a reason.