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Best Foods For Feeling Less Anxious

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Anxiety is stressful. One of the most comment ailments in the U.S, anxiety not only affects your mood but your physical body. While there are a number of expensive treatments you can take to combat anxiety, another method of alleviating your symptoms is to change your diet. Foods can impact mood and stress levels within the body, both for good and bad. Knowing when to indulge and what to avoid can make a huge difference in stabilizing anxiety.

With the right diet, ample water and exercise, and maybe a vitamin or two, you’ll be feeling less stressed in no time.

Food

Include complex carbohydrates in your diet; they increase the amount of serotonin in the brain, causing a calming effect. Complex carbs like whole grain bread, are better than simple carbs, like sugary sodas. Eating them with protein is an even better bet.  



Steer clear of processed foods and incorporate more fresh, whole fruits and vegetables.

  • Acai berries level blood sugar and can regulate mood.
  • Blueberries can help improve brain function and energize you naturally.
  • Almonds are rich in vitamins like B12, zinc and iron, which help pep you up.
  • Milk, yogurt, eggs and other proteins increase epinephrine and dopamine in the brain, soothing neurotransmitters
  • Fatty fish, like salmon and mackeral are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, which help everything from your brain to your heart. If you can’t stand fish, look into fish oil supplements.
  • Oats, soy, poultry and sesame seeds contain tryptophan which is related to serotonin and may help you relax.
  • Beef and foods rich in vitamin B; your body depletes B vitamins faster in periods of stress, so eating B-vitamin-rich foods or taking a supplement may help regulate brain function

Lifestyle

Lifestyle changes are just as important as diet. Anxiety can be caused by dips in blood sugar and serotonin levels; eat breakfast every day, and snack throughout to stabilize blood sugar. Don’t overdo it, and when you’re eating breakfast, make sure you have enough protein to keep you energized until lunch.

Drinks

Limit caffeine and alcohol. Both interfere with sleep, and processing caffeine and alcohol can make you tense or edgy. Caffeine especially causes an increase in heart rate that may feel good in the morning, but can lead to panic attacks in people susceptible to anxiety. Quitting both caffeine and alcohol can lead to withdrawal symptoms in heavy users, which can bring on more anxiety. Reduce gradually or speak with a physician if this is a concern.



Overall, your body will respond positively to healthy lifestyle and dietary choices. The impact of a healthy diet will affect more than just your anxiety. Anti-anxiety foods all have a slew of other health benefits that work together to help make you feel you best!