While food has amazing properties to fight disease, release happy endorphins and adrenaline, does it also have the ability to fight off anxiety? A diet that is filled with too many Omega-6 fatty acids has the ability to increase inflammation in the brain, and as a result can significantly affect the way we feel.
If particular meals can make the body and mind feel worse, there has to be some that can make it feel better. Here are some tips for fighting off anxiety with what we put into our body.
Specifically chamomile and green tea are great at relaxing someone who is stressed out, or suffers from anxiety. Green tea is high in antioxidants and an amino acid called L-theanine. This helps to promote alpha waves in the brain and has a calming effect. Chamomile tea has been traditionally linked to soothing a sore stomach, and is also proven to decrease mild anxiety. If chamomile tea isn’t for you, try adding it to a warm bath when you feel overwhelmed.
Choline is a part of the Vitamin B family, which helps to prevent memory loss, reduce sleeping problems, and helps those who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. Foods which are rich in choline can include eggs, beef, cauliflower, fish and peanut butter. Try to incorporate these into your diet, since low levels of choline can lead to increased anxiety. Supplements are also a great option, although first check your recommended dose before taking them.
Fish oils are fantastic for the heart, but can also work with reducing anxiety and also Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Omega-3 is found most popular in fish such as tuna, salmon and cod, which ideally should be eaten three times a week for good health. If fish isn’t something you enjoy or can’t eat for dietary reasons, you can also get Omega-3 from nuts and flax seed, or even daily supplements.
These types of foods increase the level of serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter in the brain, which directly controls the central nervous system. Complex carbohydrates include foods such as wholemeal bread, pasta and potatoes. They take longer to digest, and work wonders for your blood sugar levels.
Are there any foods you would recommend which could help to reduce anxiety?
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By Felicia Sapountzis