Dieting for some people could be a troublesome ordeal made even more troublesome if you happen to experience mental health issues such as anxiety. The sudden eating patterns and lifestyle changes is no easy feat to accomplish not to mention the fact that it is a huge commitment and that it needs to be religiously adhered to in order to get the best possible results. For people suffering through anxiety, finding other alternatives from medication that has its own fair share of side effects are essential for their physical and mental wellbeing. For some, they have found it in the keto diet.
A lot of people try out different kinds of diets for many different reasons. Aside from weight loss, which is a common cause of people wanting to go on diets, there are a host of other different reasons such a lowering health risks, increasing mental and physical performance or even helping with mental health issues such as anxiety. Yes, finding the right diet and sticking religiously to it may help with managing anxiety.
Keto diet and psychology
Developed as early as the 1920s, the ketogenic diet was originally intended for patients who suffered from paediatric epilepsy and which soon fell out of favor because of the emergence of medication specifically intended for the disorder. It was only recently that it once again became popular and is widely recognized or its weight loss results.With its origins stemming from aiding epileptic patients studies are now linking the ketogenic diet to the treatment of certain mental illnesses and disorders including anxiety.
How does it work?
Seeing changes in your mental health while on the keto diet may be due to the fact that the keto diet stabilizes your blood sugar level. Having an unstable spike in your blood sugar levels might trigger your body into producing hormones that may cause an imbalance to your mood. It is also found that while undergoing ketosis allows the brain to generate mood-stabilizing elements that are usually found in anxiety medication. Although there have been significant amounts of studies done on this topic it is thought that while there are benefits to undergoing the keto diet for anxiety the results are entirely up to the person since other factors other than must be taken into consideration as well.
The keto diet is well-known for its weight loss results and multiple health benefits and to know that it could also be a possible treatment option for people with mental health issues makes it even all the more ideal. Will it work? Time will tell, not much yet has been known about this topic and significant research needs to be done in order for it to prove beneficial to managing anxiety and with results varying from case to case, still we can not ignore the potential this diet has in finding better alternatives for people with anxiety. With that in mind we can only wait and hope for better results.