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7 Ways to Change Your Diet and Manage Stress

Learn how to practice simple changes to your diet and lifestyle to eliminate anxiety.
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Proper nutrition is an important part of stress management. A poor diet can cause you to feel sluggish and tired or even ill. Learn how to practice simple changes to your diet and lifestyle to eliminate anxiety.

7 Ways to Change Your Diet and Manage Stress

  1. Additives, preservatives, hormone and pesticides are hidden in many foods. Autistic individuals are particularly sensitive to these. Check packages, buy organic produce and choose grass-fed, hormone-free, free-range and antibiotic-free meats when possible.
  2. Pay attention to food reactions. Many people are allergic to dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, and shellfish or are sensitive to particular combinations.
  3. Create an alkaline internal environment, staying away from foods that cause the blood to become too acidic. Drinking lemon water is a good way to alkalize the body.
  4. Drink water
  5. Limit sugar and refined carbs.
  6. Eat foods with antioxidants
  7. If digestion is slow, try to avoid drinking during meals
  8. Kids with autism can experience seizures and often have stomach problems. Bad food and blood sugar problems can cause pain that leads to fear and anxiety. This can lead to aggression. Cleaning up the diet might alleviate some of this pain.

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