Everybody experiences anxiety from time to time (some more than necessary) and it's mostly believed that this anxiety comes from influences from the outside world, different situations and events. Well, that's not completely true. Your diet has a lot to do with anxiety actually, more than you'd think! Don't even think about taking anti-anxiety medication in stressful times, overcoming anxiety involves making lifestyle changes, and that including changing what you eat. There are many foods that will help cure and prevent anxiety, and foods that will contribute to anxiety. By choosing the right foods, you can prevent and cut down on the amount of anxiety you experience in stressful situations, it can possibly improve your mood as well. How awesome is that?!
I'd like to share some foods today that improve your happiness and reduce stress. Combine these foods with a balanced diet and you should see a marked difference in your anxiety levels.
Some things you should definately avoid (you'll see your anxiety levels drop drastically, I promise!!): anything that contains damaging E-numbers (processed foods), refined sugars, coffee (unless it's black & biological, one cup a day!), nicotine, stressful news & situations and negative people (if it's not directly important to you, please avoid!).
Hope you like this list. If there's something you think I should add, please let me know :).
Top 6 Foods To Relax Your Mind
According to Dr Andrew Saul from the Food Matters film, two handfuls of cashews provide the equivalent mood boosting effects as a therapeutic dose of Prozac. How do they do this? They are one of the highest natural sources of tryptophan, the precursor for the production of serotonin, the feel good hormone, in the brain.
Blueberries are more than a delicious fruit. Many consider it to be a superfood. It's rich in vitamins and phytonutrients (plant nutrients), with a variety of antioxidants that are considered extremely beneficial for relieving stress. Many experts also believe that peaches fall into this category as well, because they have nutrients that appear to have a sedation (calming) effect.
3. Acai Berries
Acai berry is essentially the newest super food, and one that has received a great deal of press recently. It may not be the weight loss fruit that many people claimed it was, but acai berries are still rich in phytonutrients like the blueberry, and the antioxidant levels are off the charts.
Almonds are an underrated food. They contain zinc, a key nutrient for maintaining a balanced mood – and have both iron and healthy fats. Healthy fats are an important part of a balanced diet, and low iron levels have been known to cause brain fatigue, which can contribute to both anxiety and a lack of energy.
Chocolate – especially pure dark biological chocolate without the added sugars or milks – is also a great food for those living with anxiety and stress. Chocolate reduces cortisol – the stress hormone that causes anxiety symptoms. There are also compounds inside dark chocolate that improve mood.
6. Maca Root
Maca root is not exactly a popular food item in grocery stores, but the powder can be added to several foods and beverages and is found in a variety of health food stores. It's believed that this root has more phytonutrients than nearly every type of fruit and vegetable, including magnesium and iron – two important nutrients for controlling anxiety. It also is often used for healthy stamina and energy.
Other Foods for Anxiety and Stress
Healthy eating is one of the best ways to control anxiety and stress. In fact, one of the best things you can add to your diet is to drink more water. Many studies have found that dehydration affects as many as 25% of those with persistent stress or more, and dehydration is known to cause more anxiety.
As for foods, anything with magnesium, vitamin B12 (and other B vitamins), zinc, and antioxidants can be beneficial for helping you deal with stress. There are also herbal supplements like kava and passionflower that may be valuable for anxiety.
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