What is Lactate and What Does it Do to You?
Lactate is an anxiety-creating chemical that is produced when you eat high amounts of glucose and sugars. Lactate levels increase when you eat lots of sugars, simple carbohydrates, and inflammatory foods. Your liver converts lactate back into glucose, but if your liver is toxic or sluggish, lactate levels in your blood increase rather than being converted into glucose, causing higher levels of anxiety.
To Minimize Lactate Levels in Your Body, Do the Following:
1| Reduce Refined Carbs
Eat fewer refined carbohydrates, sugars, and foods that cause sensitivities.
2| Avoid Alcohol
It interferes with liver function and also impairs your liver’s ability to convert lactate back into glucose. If you crave alcohol, you’re likely low in a neurotransmitter called GABA, which can be remedied by using some supplements described in the chapter on “Nutritional Supplements.”
3| Avoid Coffee
It stimulates sugar to be released into your blood and also interferes with liver function, both of which increase lactate levels in your blood. Caffeine also pushes your adrenal glands to work harder without nourishing them, making depression and anxiety worse.
As you can see, high amounts of alcohol, coffee, and sugar worsen anxiety and depression, and avoiding these foods will speed up your recovery.
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Dr. Ameet Aggarwal is a naturopathic doctor and psychotherapist (Gestalt, Family Constellations, EMDR) with years of experience treating physical issues, anxiety, stress, depression, abuse, relationship issues and also working with UNICEF, UN Staff, and other large organizations. Dr. Aggarwal focuses on healing the gut, liver, adrenal system and emotions together to optimize health and happiness. His online course (free videos on health.drameet.com/p/intro) has been approved in the highest category for continuing education for naturopathic doctors. Dr. Aggarwal was voted as one of the top 5 speakers on 2 world summits, which earned him recognition as one of the top 43 naturopaths to follow. He practices in Kenya and lectures around the world, teaching students how to treat anxiety and depression holistically. His book “Feel Good” (free videos on https://health.drameet.com/p/mindbodybook is considered to be one of the most comprehensive guides to anxiety and depression.