Anxious? Are you walking around all day just waiting for that next anxiety attack? Tried all kinds of drugs but no luck? Well then, you might want to try improving your diet by switching to healthy foods and ditching the empty calorie fat building snacks.
Anxious: Don’t Eat That!
As much as you may want to, you can’t make yourself feel better with a bowl of your favorite ice cream. It won’t help, too much sugar. Spikes in your blood sugar can bring on changes in your hormone levels. They can start with the jitters which eventually lead to crashes. A healthy diet can reduce your anxiety level.
Instead of that ice cream, try berries. They have lots of antioxidants, that help protect your cells from stress and ease feelings of anxiety. You can also find antioxidants in beans, nuts, walnuts, or green vegetables.
If you don’t like the taste of spinach, no worries. Almost any leafy green will do, such as kale, collard greens, or lettuce. The key is the magnesium, which may help you feel calmer. Make sure you get enough of that mineral to help keep things in check.
Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate. It gets into your system slowly and gives you a steady flow of energy that can help keep you on an even level. It also can give you a boost of a brain chemical called serotonin that can lift your mood.
Anxious: Dark Chocolate
The flavonoids in the cocoa help protect your cells. They’re a type of antioxidant that also helps lower your blood pressure, boost the blood flow to your brain and heart, and make you less anxious. Get chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. But don’t eat too much as the caffeine in chocolate can make anxiety worse. And remember excessive chocolate means excessive fat and calories.
Anxious: Zinc Improves Mood
Zinc can boost your mood and decrease your feelings of anxiety. Best foods to get zinc are cashews, liver, beef, or eggs.
Studies have shown that a diet rich in Vitamin C may help calm you down and put you in a better frame of mind.
Anxious: Omega-3 Is What You Need
Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce anxiety and depression. They also reduce inflammation. Good foods with high Omega-3 content are salmon, tuna, and sardines.
Cabbage has folic acid, vitamin C, and some B vitamins that may help ease anxiety. If it’s left to ferment, bacteria break down sugar and other things and make it taste sour. These “good” bacteria help keep your gut healthy. They also play a part in making serotonin, a calming brain chemical.
Anxious: Calf And Chicken Liver
Calf and chicken liver are loaded with B vitamins and folic acid that help make brain chemicals that affect the way you feel. You can get B vitamins from avocados and almonds, but they don’t have B12, which affects your mood and energy level.
If you don’t like liver liver, you can get B12 from eggs, fish, or chicken.
A drink or two can relax some people, but too much can rewire your brain and make you more anxious. And heavy drinking can cause problems at work, home, and with your health that lead to more anxiety. One drink a day for women, two for men, is a healthy rule of thumb.