Specific Carbohydrate Diet and Anxiety Panic

Published in Anxiety Panic Attacks on 25th June 2009

Breaking The Vicious Cycle

There are many types of treatment that are used to reduce the effects of panic attacks; however, many of them offer only limited relief. In some cases, these treatments do not work at all for some sufferers. If you have found it difficult to obtain relief from your anxiety through traditional methods, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet may be the answer you have been looking for.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is detailed in the book Breaking The Vicious Cycle – Intestinal Health Through Diet by Elaine Gottshall.

Researchers have long realized the link between diet and emotional wellness. The foods you put into your body have a direct effect on how well you handle stress and anxiety – and they can make the difference between living a fulfilled, happy life, and feeling trapped by your own emotions. Most of us do not provide our bodies with the optimal nutrition we need to maintain emotional health – as a result, our diets set the stage for worry, anxiety, and stress.

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The Specific Carbohydrate Diet addresses these nutritional deficiencies, and provides our body with the building blocks it needs to maintain both physical and emotional health. As its name suggests, it focuses on certain types of carbohydrates, called monosaccharides, which have been the building block for human cellular repair for millions of years. These carbohydrates are found in the foods humans were designed to consume – vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, eggs, and meats.

Processed foods such as pasta, grains, starches, and breads are relatively new developments, and have only been consumed by humans for the past several centuries. Unfortunately, the human body cannot optimally digest and use the nutrients from these foods, which creates a physical environment that fosters physical and mental disease.

Monosaccharides are simple carbohydrates that can be digested easily by the human body. Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, are not easily digested, and serve to feed the harmful bacteria in our intestines – causing our internal organs to become inflamed and diseased.

The use of complex carbohydrates in the human diet has contributed to a wide range of physical and emotional ailments, including Crohn’s disease, hyperactivity, obesity, bowl problems, and panic attacks.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet was developed to address this problem. The elimination of complex carbohydrates helps to restore the balance of bacteria in the human body, allowing the intestines and other organs to function normally. As a result, people who suffer from dozens of ailments – including panic attacks – have been able to find relief by following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

It can take some time to learn how to eat correctly using the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. The design of this system runs counter to how most of us have been taught to eat – largely because most of our information comes from major food manufacturers that want you to purchase their products.

Learning how to adopt the Specific Carbohydrate Diet can be well worth the effort, though – sufferers of panic attacks and other conditions often find rapid, sustainable relief from their symptoms. In conjunction with other natural techniques, such as meditation and exercise, you can use this diet to finally become free from your panic attack symptoms – even if you have lived with anxiety for years.