Foods That Help Prevent & Relieve Anxiety

by Chrystal Johnson on February 10, 2014

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anxiety-foodsAnxiety and stress are a part of so many of our daily lives, but in addition to medication, natural supplements, exercise and aromatherapy there are foods you can eat to help relieve anxiety. If you don’t want to medicate to relieve stress, or are looking for ways to nip anxiety in the bud altogether, changing your diet might be the remedy that works for you.

Nature gives us everything we need to help prevent and change the reactions our bodies have to stress, so the next time you have a looming deadline, stressful day at work or are anxious about an interview, snack on one of these (then meditate).

Chocolate

What isn’t there to love about chocolate? Not only does chocolate taste great, but it’s also good for you. Doctors actually recommend eating a serving of chocolate a day for your health. It turns out that chocolate is able to help our bodies fight stress and anxiety by lowering our cortisol levels, so eat up.

Almonds

Almonds make another easy mid-day snack when you are feeling anxious. Cortisol levels are also kept in check with almonds due to the magnesium that controls its rate of production in our bodies. A handful of almonds as is or on top of a salad is a great low calorie way to keep our cortisol levels just right for us.

Avocado

Our blood pressure has a lot to do with the levels of anxiety we are experiencing. Avocado is rich in Vitamin B and folic acid, which regulates our blood pressure for us naturally. It doesn’t take a lot of avocado to help prevent anxiety either, just two to three tablespoons is enough to help.

Salmon

If you know you have a particularly stressful day ahead of you, try making yourself some salmon for dinner or breakfast to help boost your mood. Salmon – and other fish rich in Omega 3 – is a natural mood booster, which will help you from experiencing anxiety in the first place.

Broccoli

Well known for its high level of vitamins, broccoli is also great for helping to reduce stress and anxiety. The vitamins present in broccoli also help reduce cortisol levels, much in the same way chocolate does. Raw or steamed broccoli can be enjoyed for its benefits.

Water

Most importantly, it is important that water is consumed during any period of high anxiety, and even before, in order to help prevent it. One of the accompanying conditions of anxiety is dehydration, which further aggravates the symptoms.

What’s your favorite way to manage anxiety naturally?

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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Annie February 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm

I had no idea there were so many foods that can help reduce anxiety!
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2 Barb @ A Life in Balance
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February 11, 2014 at 8:07 am

Wow! I didn’t realize almonds have magnesium in them. I started taking magnesium supplements recently and found they helped my ankle issues so much. I severely sprained one ankle over a year ago, and then hurt the other one by increasing my running mileage too quickly.
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3 Amber February 11, 2014 at 11:17 am

Great list!
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