Anxiety 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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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