It may be pretty surprising to many that food can help to reduce anxiety. Anxiety can be a silent killer. If not controlled or treated it can keep you stagnant in life and stifle your visions and dreams. If you get caught by its claws you may begin to accept its lies and deceits.
Have you been anxious for a while now? Have you tried everything possible to make it disappear? If your answer to these questions is yes, then you have arrived at the right place. Cheer up!
With no further delay, let’s enlighten you on some very sumptuous foods that can help to keep your anxiety at bay. Ready? Let’s dive into it!
Studies have shown that certain foods consumed can help to treat or prevent anxiety attacks.
#1 Dark Chocolate
Yum, yum, yum. I know this is exciting news for many persons, especially those who suffer from anxiety. Chocolate is often viewed in a bad light but today it has taken the stage in a positive light. Are you excited about this? Sure you are!
Here’s why chocolate is deemed as a food of choice to treat anxiety. Studies have shown that dark chocolate is very useful for brain health. It contains flavanols which are antioxidants that improve blood flow to your brain and allow you the ability to deal with stressful situations effectively without becoming anxious. It also contains tryptophan which is an essential amino acid that our bodies cannot produce; we attain it from the foods we eat. It works by increasing the amount of serotonin in your brain to produce a calming effect.
There is no denying it, dark chocolate taste amazing! Research has revealed that the very taste of chocolate can instantly produce a calming effect. Wow! Just wow. This is great news. However, it is important to note that you can’t overindulge- moderation is key. Don’t let your love for chocolate drive you overboard. Eat in moderation.
This is great news for fruit lovers! Whether blackberries, raspberries or strawberries they are all excellent for reducing anxiety. Though tiny, these fruits are filled with a surplus of benefits. Wrapped in these berries are high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants that help to repair cells and tissues and helps to guard your cells from stress, thus reducing anxiety and depression. Feel free to have them in whatever way you like. So, run along and grab a bowl of berries to soothe your anxiety.
Say bye-bye to anxiety flare-ups. This amazing fruit contains high levels of vitamin B which helps to reduce stress levels and keep you calm. They are pretty much millennials' favorite food, and for an excellent reason too. Oh!! and if you are a huge fan of ice-cream, you can have avocado ice-cream. Uhm, let me guess, you have never heard of it? Well, now you know! You can also have it in fruit salads. See Delish.com for more avocado recipe ideas.
People around the globe use this amazing tea as it has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and stress-relieving properties. These properties are said to be due to flavonoids which are a diverse group of plant-base chemicals that are found mainly in fruits. Chamomile tea helps to produce a calming effect on the mind. Tea lovers, grab a cup of chamomile tea and watch your anxiety disappear.
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