Foods to Help You Curb Your Anxiety

Foods to Help You Curb Your Anxiety
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For the past couple of decades, we have become more aware of the connection between what we eat and our physical health. But what about our mental health? Many studies have shown that there is a strong link between nutrition and mental health. Certain foods can boost your mood, while others can cause inflammation that may contribute to depression and anxiety. The good news is that by making small adjustments to your diet, you can manage your symptoms and feel better.

Foods that Fight Anxiety

Eat comfortably, with awareness of how it makes you feel. Some foods calm you down; others may make you feel more anxious or irritable. Here are some snacks to help ease anxiety:

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are packed with nutrients for your body and brain. These include B vitamins, magnesium and zinc — all of which can help improve your mood by balancing hormones and reducing inflammation in the body. Nuts also contain arginine, which is an amino acid that has been found to reduce stress hormones such as cortisol. Snack on walnuts, almonds or pumpkin seeds for a delicious stress-busting treat!

Green tea

Green tea has been found to reduce the levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) in the blood. It also helps to lower blood pressure. Green tea contains L-theanine which helps control anxiety. To get the most out of green tea, it is best to drink it at least twice a day. Go for organic green teas as they do not contain pesticides and other chemicals that may harm your health.

Yogurt

Yogurt contains probiotics, which are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially for digestive health. Probiotics have been shown to reduce the stress hormone cortisol.


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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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