I have always been an anxious person. When I was 19 I was prescribed Zoloft and Xanax for mild anxiety and was on them for about 2 years.
When I was about 23 I returned to the Doc with stress issues. I had sort of dealt with the emotional side of things and was left with the physical response, sweating, difficulty getting to sleep, increased heart rate. I was prescribed inderol (to take when needed) to lower my systolic blood pressure, which was usually about 150 (Diastolic was fine). This made me feel a lot more in control.
Now after about a year of this and a few brief periods of increased work stress when I was taking inderol every day, I began thinking about other non-medicated options. I decided to drop the inderol and review my diet and exercise. I took up running, removed all processed foods from my diet and cut back on saturated fats. I then went a step further and cut out wheat/dairy/sugars. What happened next was amazing, I felt the most relaxed I had been in my adult life, anxiety disappeared, and also eczema cleared up which I had had mildly on my elbow for 4 years. I also had less indigestion and felt full of energy and could fall asleep at night straight away. This lasted about 3 months until I became less restrictive and started eating breads/dairy again. I continued a balanced diet and exercising sufficiently however no longer felt as good as I had for those 3 months and some days the eczema flairs up. I do notice now that foods like sweet potato, lentils give me really bad indigestion/almost pounding headaches, but I think this could be normal.
So all that seems great, stress management through diet and exercise. But what I am confused about, after my incredibly unscientific experiment, is do I have an intolerance to something which causes these symptoms or is all this just the result of a healthy balanced diet? To be honest if it wasn't for the eczema clearing I probably would be a lot quicker to accept the latter.
Can anybody help me?
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