Coming off my last post, below are some of the foods we should stick to if we want to keep in control of our anxiety.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids, which are the good fats found salmon and other fatty fish, help to protect against inflammation. These fats have also been shown to improve mood and reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels. I love grilling my salmon and serving it with a simple orange juice, white wine vinegar and olive oil vinaigrette.
Chamomile tea has been used as a remedy to help calm the body for centuries! If you find yourself having trouble going to sleep at night a cup of this at bedtime could really help you.
Eating complex carbohydrates, such as brown rice and wholegrain bread, is great for reducing feelings of anxiousness because they are full of magnesium. If your magnesium levels are low, you may experience added stress and anxiety. Foods that contain good amounts of this mineral include green leafy vegetables, such as kale and swiss chard. Think of these foods as nature’s chill pill! Complex carbs also contain the amino acid tryptophan, which the body converts serotonin – an important mood hormone. So swap out all of your white, refined carbs for brown ones and see the difference for yourself. You will also stay fuller for longer and have more energy.
As if you needed any more reason to eat blueberries, but here it is! Blueberries are considered a superfood as they are rich in phytonutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, which can be beneficial for relieving stress. Munch on them as a snack instead of that bag of chips.
Asparagus is rich in sulfur and contains the B vitamin folic acid. Levels of low folic acid are linked to neurotransmitter impairment, which can lead to anxiety. I love serving asparagus grilled along side my salmon, put those two together and you have a winning dinner combo!
While simply eating good food alone may not work at reducing anxiety for everyone, it can certainly help be a part of the solution for some people. So if you are having an overwhelming week and are feeling stressed out, try eliminating some of those naughty foods from your diet. If anything, they will give you more energy and help you to think more clearly.
I hope this post has helped you, wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤