Since what we eat affects how we feel, some foods can help reduce anxiety. Bustle explores this by providing seven examples of foods and drinks that alleviate anxiety and stress.
The right foods can ensure neurotransmitters function properly, help lower blood pressure, and increase energy levels. Conversely, the wrong foods can negatively affect how our body operates and how we feel.
Below are seven examples of foods and beverages that can improve overall health and reduce anxiety.
Almonds can positively impact your anxiety levels in a variety of ways. The zinc levels help balance your mood, while the healthy fats keep your neurotransmitters working properly and the iron energizes brain activity. All of this wards against a fatigued mind and anxiety, since we are more likely to become anxious when lacking mental energy.
Turkey contains tryptophan, which is usually the component of turkey that makes everyone a little sleepy after Thanksgiving. In addition to helping you nap, tryptophan sets the stage for serotonin – a neurotransmitter linked to mood stabilization.
People hail avocados as a super food for good reason. They benefit overall health because they are stacked with nutrients – fiber, heart-healthy fatty acids, potassium, and vitamins – and they aid brain function. Avocados also lower blood pressure, and help your neurotransmitters by stocking them up with B vitamins and monounsaturated fats.
- Chamomile Tea
Chamomile’s properties are known for their soothing abilities, which is why chamomile tea is popular before bed. Chamomile physically relaxes your body by relaxing your blood vessels and smoothing muscle fibers.
Salmon’s high quantity of omega-3 fatty acids is a proven mood-improver. The acids reduce anxiety and boost your mood.
The B vitamins in eggs aid brain function. Eggs are particularly high in choline, which decreases the chances of the brain (and you) becoming confused, irritable, or exhausted.
Hydration affects mood, energy, and system functionality. Drink water to keep your body operating as it should and set your body (and mental state) up for success.