What is anxiety?
According to the dictionary, ‘anxiety’ is defined as “A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.''
You might be familiar with the feeling of butterflies in the stomach, or regular trips to the bathroom before a job interview, and these physical symptoms are somewhat expected at times of heightened stress.
Anxiety becomes a constant state when it negatively impacts daily life, making ordinary tasks unmanageable and leaving the sufferer in a perpetual state of unease. But there are complementary therapies - including nutritional therapy - that can help quell anxiety.
What is nutritional therapy?
The term nutritional therapy covers a variety of nutrition professionals who can help you to explore the relationship between food and your body, understand how diet and nutrition can aid medicinal treatment of illness, and learn how to implement and manage lifestyle changes for better health.
When an individual is diagnosed with cancer, not only does the physical body suffer, but it is common for mental health problems to arise, with anxiety and panic often being prevalent with the person's coming to terms with diagnosis and thoughts about the future.
How can nutritional therapy support cancer patients?
Food can play a huge part in affecting mood and mood disorders, and through nutritional therapy, you and the therapist can identify any issues and devise a tailored plan to suit your needs and help calm an anxious mind when other areas are under strain.
Nutritional Therapist Allison Llewellyn said: “As we now know the gut and the brain talk to each other, they are a two-way street. Our gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to our emotions and our brain is aware if our gut is less than happy.”