As Dr. Axe says that food is medicine, i firmly believe that it is true because we can heal our anxiety disorders naturally through the foods that we eat daily. Back in the days before we had science take over the world, what do you think people used to cure their illness? It was through plants or food that people in old days used to cure their healthy problems and i believe that it still works today. We can still use foods to reduce all anxiety Levels and cure anxiety for good.
Do you know that there are lots of people today being put on antidepressants to make them pass through the day as a normal human being? Many people are experiencing problems which are caused by anxiety for example, sharp pains, depression, and sleep problems which makes them take anxiety medication on the daily basis. During my days when i had anxiety i had to swallow 7 tablets every after 6 hours, i bet that is not the life you would want to live of being imprisoned by medications 24/7. Research shows that globally 1 in 13 suffers from anxiety, this shows how the rate of anxiety disorders is increasing everyday. In one of my previous articles i explained how nutritional deficiencies are linked to anxiety and other mental problems and that’s why eating the right foods will help you overcome anxiety or avoid it in the first place.
The ugly truth today.
One of the main reason why anxiety is increasing in our societies is because we have completely changed our life style and the way we live. We have more things that can trigger our anxieties today than it was in the past and one of the reason is our diet. People today want to consume more fast foods or foods that they call tasty foods than eating more natural meals. There has always been a connection between the food we eat and our moods, the way we feel definitely has a great impact on our mental health that’s why eating the right foods would help a lot with your anxiety.
When you eat the foods that your body needs, it will improve the health of your brain chemistry but if your body doesn’t feed well, it will not be in position to produce brain chemicals known as the neurotransmitters which are responsible for producing serotonin which is vital for mood boosting and regulation.
For people suffering from anxiety always endeavor to consume foods that are high in nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, omega 3 fatty acids and amino acids.
Special foods that can help reduce Anxiety.
Today am here to discuss about those special foods that will reduce or have a great impact on your anxiety. When i was suffering from generalized anxiety disorder, the foods that i started to put in my stomach helped me a lot to overcome my anxiety in one year. If your out there and you have an anxiety or stress issue, my advise for you will be to change your diet in order to get more healthy benefits that will create a positive change in your life.
Bananas act as a mood booster because they are high in potassium that help a lot in the functioning of the brain. When you have low levels of potassium in your body, you will find yourself experiencing high levels of stress that can eventually cause anxiety and consuming enough foods that are rich in potassium like bananas will keep your stress lows and help regulate your blood pressure.
The bananas also contain vitamin B6 which is responsible for regulating the mood and preventing mental fatigue. We need enough vitamin B6 in our bodies to produce serotonin a feel good neurotransmitter that relaxes and makes us happy.
This is one of my favorite leafy greens, spinach is very rich in magnesium and iron. As you know magnesium is also one of those vital minerals that our bodies need to function. It is involved in hundreds of chemical reactions in the body , which includes brain functioning and consuming foods that are high in magnesium like spinach, you will reduce symptoms like insomnia, depression, fatigue, muscle cramping that are related to Anxiety.
Spinach also contain high iron which has a component called hemoglobin which helps the blood carry oxygen throughout the body and having low iron can cause Anemia leading to anxiety.
Spinach is also rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, and C, it also has folic Acid ( B2, B6). My advise is, if you have kidney stones you shouldn’t eat raw spinach because it contains high oxalates which maynot be good for people with kidney stones but you can steam it at a low temperature to reduce on the oxalates.
I know there are people who don’t want to consume leafy greens because they don’t find them delicious but there are ways of how you could make your spinach more delicious.
Salmon contains high level of Omega-3 fats which are the DHA and EPA that are very important in maintaining the normal brain function throughout our life. The brain is made of 60 percent fat and the largest percentage contains omega -3 fat which is responsible to build the brain and the nerve cells.
It is very important for people who are suffering from anxiety to consume salmon at least 2 to 3 times a week to achieve more healthier benefits. Research says that eating salmon regularly makes you more happy and less depressed because it allows the chemicals called the neurotransmitters to produce serotonin which acts as a happy mood booster.
These days people find it hard to consume the recommended amount of fish daily, that’s why supplementing is really good because it enables us to get the enough nutrients that are needed for our body. In this case fish oil is very recommended to avoid falling short of DHA and EPA in your diet.
4. Blue berries.
Blue berries are not only sweet and popular but they are very important in maintaining brain health. They contain various nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, Vitamin K, Magnese which improve our mental clarity. The blue berries have high oxidants that help in reducing stress since most of our anxiety is caused by stressful factors.
For a person suffering from anxiety, it is very important to eat berries daily not only blue berries but you can eat other berries such as strawberries, acai berries and many other. Berries can also reduce genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression and postraumatic stress disorder.
They also slow down the aging process and the problems related to it which include the memory loss. There are many ways which you can consume your berries daily for example you can make a smoothie, you can put it in your yogurt and other foods as well.
Avocados are one of the most delicious dense fruits we have on the planet. They also contain nearly 20 essential nutrients which can help in reducing anxiety for example fiber, vitamin A,D,E, K ,Vitamin Bs ( B-6, B-12) .They are also high in omega-3 fatty acids which an essential in promoting brain health.
If your an avocado lover like me you surely know what am talking about and for a person suffering from anxiety you should start eating avocado atleast few times a week and you will be more happier and more healthy than ever.
Eggs are important to include in your diet when suffering from anxiety. In the past it has been controversial whether to consume eggs or not but recently the nutritionists have brought back eggs as one of the important foods to include in our diet because it contains choline which is important for a normal brain development.
Choline plays a part in several processes within the body that are carried out hundreds of time every single day and low choline in your body won’t help you with your anxiety because your moods won’t be lifted up than when you have enough choline. Adding eggs in your diet will also allow you to get other important nutrients and minerals which include Vitamin D, B6,B12, zinc, iron and copper.
Eggs are easily accessible because they are very affordable and try to be cautious when buying eggs, opt for the organic ones because they contain all the nutrients that i have mentioned above.
7. Dark chocolate.
Have you ever known that if you eat dark chocolate without any added sugars or milk it can reduce your anxiety? dark chocolates contain high levels of flavanoids which are a class of antioxidants which increase memory and learning. Dark chocolate also contains cocoa an ingredient that reduces stress and avoids brain damage. Cocoa also contains stimulant substances like caffeine and theobromine, which may be a key factor in improving our daily moods to reduce anxiety.
Magnesium being a vital mineral that helps to suppress the stress hormone called cortisol is also found in dark chocolate. When your consuming chocolate, you don’t have to eat chocolate daily to avoid adding weight but once in a week it is definitely good.
8. Cashew nuts.
Nuts have been proved to provide various healthy benefits when consumed on the daily basis. Cashews are an excellent source of vitamins which include Vitamin E,K,B6 and minerals like copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and iron which are very important in overcoming anxiety .
Cashew nuts are one of the best sources of tryptophan which allows the production of of serotonin which helps us improve our moods during stressful times and when the levels of serotonin are depleted we can feel more anxious and stressed. Instead of eating unhealthy fats i recommend you replace them with cashews to reduce your anxiety levels.
We already know that eating vegetables daily can improve our mental health which also include reducing anxiety. Broccoli doesn’t only make soups heavy but it also has variety of nutrients like vitamin C, potassium , magnesium which can help in the reduction of anxiety.
Eating broccoli everyday will reduce your nervousness, stress and depression. It will also reduce anxiety physical symptoms like muscle cramps, insomnia and body aches. You can steam your broccoli or boil it at a low temperature and eat it as a side dish.
9. Green tea
Taking tea daily was proven to be one of the ways to reduce stress and anxiety. In one of my previous article i discussed one of the best teas that reduce anxiety because not all teas will provide you with the results you want. Green tea contain L-theanine an amino acid that helps to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression.
Drinking tea has always been used by the Chinese in the past to treat anxiety and depression and it’s better if your suffering from anxiety to replace your carbonated sugary drinks with green tea and you will experience the change in your anxiety levels.
Tips to include in your diet.
Eating healthy foods is a natural way of reducing and overcoming anxiety. There healthy tips that you can also follow when consuming your healthy foods.
- Drink enough water. Keeping your body hydrated 24/7 will reduce your anxiety levels. Drinking enough water helps us to calm our nerves and avoids over straining the body parts like the brain.
- Go test for food tolerance. There are alot of causes of anxiety, one being the food intolerance which means that your allergic to some kind of foods which might be causing your anxiety.
- Avoid consuming foods at midnight. When i used to suffer from anxiety, everytime i consumed food at midnight my anxiety increased so if you have doing it just forget about the habit and eat atleast early mornings.
- Add Himalayan salt in your diet. Himalayan salt consists of atleast 80 % minerals of what i body needs. In one of my article i discussed how taking sole water can help you to overcome panic attacks.
- Avoid taking carbonated drinks. I know it is not very easy when to leave your sodas and blend your natural juice to take but believe me or not carbonated drinks do increase our cortisol hormone leading to high levels of anxiety.
- Avoid sugar. People with severe anxiety should avoid sugar till when their anxiety levels are decreased.
Now you can start your anxiety recovery journey by changing your diet first and you will be amazed by the results you will get in few weeks.