Do you live with anxiety? People with anxiety often suffer silently for years and sometimes the medication alone isn’t effective. The good news is that many people with anxiety issues have treated them without medication, just by making changes to their lifestyle and through therapy. Even eating certain foods can help relieve anxiety and help calm you down. The right foods can alter your mood and make you feel much better. Here are six superfoods that can fight anxiety when you’re feeling stressed to the max.
A vitamin B deficiency can sometimes cause anxiety. This vitamin is vital for a healthy brain and nerve cells. Avocados are packed full of vitamin B, potassium, and unsaturated fats. All of these nutrients help to lower your blood pressure which will also help you feel calmer. The next time you start feeling anxious, blend some avocados with some low-fat milk and a ripe banana to make a healthy and soothing smoothie. You can even freeze it to make a substitute for ice-cream.
Cashew nuts are a delicious and effective snack to fight against anxiety. Research has shown that two handfuls are equal to a dose of Prozac. The reason for this is because cashews are full of tryptophan, the precursor for the production of serotonin which is the ‘feel-good’ hormone. They also have magnesium, which the body requires for a healthy nervous system. Magnesium is used to treat anxiety and depression. You have cashews with your oatmeal for breakfast or snack on a fistful between meals.
A warm glass of milk before bedtime is a tried and tested routine from childhood. It can help with nerves, insomnia, and fidgeting. Milk is rich in protein and calcium and vitamin B12. It also contains vitamin B2 and potassium which lowers the blood pressure and can make you feel calm and relaxed. The potassium can also help relax stiff muscles that are caused by stress.
Oranges are packed with vitamin C which is known to lower cortisol (the stress hormone) and lower blood pressure. Oranges can prevent you from feeling anxious so just grab an orange and have it whole. You can also go for orange but make sure it is freshly squeezed and sugar-free. Even the scent of oranges alonge can make you feel calmer; so you can simmer the peel in some water to release the citrusy aroma.
Blueberries aren’t just delicious fruits to put in smoothies and desserts. They contain vitamin C and antioxidants, both of which can relieve stress and anxiety. They have mild sedating abilities and repair your cells from stress and damage. They are great to eat by themselves but also make a tasty addition to a bowl of cereal or a cup of yogurt.
Dark chocolate- without any added sugars is a great option for those with anxiety. Chocolate reduces the production of cortisol. Also, there are also compounds present in dark chocolate that can improve mood. Dark chocolate is also rich in antioxidants and can reduce blood pressure as well.