Anxiety disorder is a far more common problem than was once thought. It can affect people from preschool years through middle age and later. Anxiety manifests itself in different ways such as panic, obsessive compulsive, or phobias. There are of course many medications that may be helpful in treating anxiety, however, there are also natural avenues for dealing with anxiety that may be just as helpful in some cases. In addition to some of the common tools for reducing anxiety, such as, exercise, breathing and muscle relaxation certain foods and herbs can reduce your levels of anxiety. It is a fact that stress and nutrition have a very strong link.
All carbs prompt the brain to make more serotonin. For a steady supply of this feel-good chemical, it’s best to eat complex carbs, which take longer to digest. Good choices include whole-grain breads, pastas, and breakfast cereals, including old-fashioned oatmeal. Complex carbs can also help you feel balanced by stabilizing blood sugar levels.
Too little magnesium may trigger headaches and fatigue, compounding the effects of stress. One cup of spinach helps you stock back up on magnesium. Spinach is a great source of magnesium.
Relives anxiety related to upset stomach and reduce abdominal tension, and relaxes the large intestine. It is most effective when taken as a tea, before or after meals.
Can help with the oppressive feelings of anxiety. It can be used in a bath, rubbed on the skin or used in massage or aromatherapy.
Provide minerals including calcium, essential to maintain well functioning nerve impulses. Calcium also contains lactobacillus, which is essential for maintaining effective gut flora (micro organisms that help you to digest food properly).
Fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna contain Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish such as salmon and tuna, which can prevent surges in stress hormones. Omega-3 can affect the functionality of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which plays a critical role in both depression and anxiety.
As much as nutrition can be instrumental in reducing stress and anxiety there are certain drinks and food, such as, caffeine, sugar, soft drinks and junk food that can aggravate stress. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you should avoid them completely, just consume them in moderation.