5 Foods that Help Ease Anxiety
Anxiety can have a way of sneaking up on us, in the best or the worst of times and all seasons of life. It can have profound psychological and physical effects on us, including feelings of fear, irritability, difficulty concentrating, heart palpitations, elevated heart rate, muscle tension, and chest tightness. However, new research suggests that proper nutrition can help improve these symptoms.
We’ve rounded up 5 of the top foods that can help you reduce your anxiety, beyond just being a healthy and delicious part of your diet! (Hint, it’s not ice cream! Put the tub down.)
1) Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are high in selenium, which can help improve your mood by reducing inflammation, which is often at heightened levels when you have anxiety.
Salmon is high in omega-3, a fatty acid that has a strong relationship with cognitive function as well as mental health.
Beyond being an excellent source of protein and vitamin D, eggs also contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid that helps create serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood, sleep, memory, and behavior. Sing it with me: the incredible.. edible.. EGG!
Pouring yourself a hot cup of chamomile tea is a great way to unwind and enjoy it’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, and relaxant properties.
5) Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of potassium as well as the mineral zinc. Zinc is essential for brain and nerve development, and some studies have shown that zinc deficiency may negatively affect mood.
Just remember, all of these foods should be consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.