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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: How Your Diet Plays a Role

Friday, 12 Nov 2010 09:47 AM

A good diet plan can work wonders for people who experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Health experts believe that patients with this condition undergo some hormonal imbalance in response to stress – the body experiences a boost in the levels of cortisol and thyroid hormones, and these hormones cause people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to have dizziness, chest pain, abdominal pain, and discomfort in various parts of the body.
Symptoms of PTSD can be controlled and reduced, and a good diet is extremely important in management of the condition. The diet plan should include foods that are high in vitamin B12 and avoid processed foods, fatty foods, caffeine, refined sugar, and refined flours.
A diet to manage post-traumatic stress disorder should include gaba, an amino acid that helps treat anxiety and depression. When the PTSD patient shows agitation, irritation, mood swings, and depression, the herb kava may help. Valerian, chamomile, and suma also have a positive effect when used in a daily diet.
Health experts believe that sometimes PTSD may be associated with insulin resistance, and for that reason a diet plan for diabetics may also be helpful. If you experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, it is vital that you see a medical expert. This can be a life threatening disease.

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