Reduce anxiety with these 20 superfoods

'' Your mind is your prison when you focus on your fears ''

According to the National Institute of Mental Health ( NIMH ), approximately 40 millions adults aged between 18 and 54 are affected by anxiety disorders in the United States of America. Anxiety is a feeling of excessive nervousness or prolonged worry without an apparent reason.
In fact, everyone can experience anxiety as a response and as a strategy to cope with daily tasks and stressors. It is quite natural to be stressed out at work or before confronting something challenging such as delivering a speech, taking an exam, having an interview ...
However, this natural and normal occurrence of human life may turn to be an intense and a persistent feelings of helplessness and can lead to clinical depression. People with anxiety disorders carry their prisons with them and suffer from serious physical symptoms ( headaches, insomnia, chest pain, shortness of breath ... )
To relieve your body from its burden start looking for natural treatment you can take to fight and to get rid of anxiety. Begin with some anxiety helpers activities such as yoga and bike riding and avoid  fast food, refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
Changing your life style and choosing the right list of food is a smart step that can certainly have a positive effect on your body, brain and mood.

Reduce anxiety with these 20 superfoods

1.  Dark chocolate : Did you know that chocolate can help you fight stress? In fact, chocolate is  very recommended to cure anxiety. It can improve your mood effectively, soothe your nerves and make you feel more peaceful. However, you should switch to dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolate. Scientists advocated that eating dark chocolate daily for two weeks enables the body to manage and lower stress hormones such as cortisol. Dark chocolate is also good for your overall health. The growing scientific evidence also shows that cocoa is rich in flavonoids which is good for the heart and for lowering blood pressure.

2. Nuts : Depression is linked to low levels of zinc which makes you feel anxious and stressed. Nuts are rich not only in zinc but also in other important nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin B and protein, very tremendous for your nervous system. Nuts are packed with an important amino-acids content sufficient to produce serotonin which works as an anti- depressant hormone.

3. Peanut Butter : Peanut butter can give you a boost to come out of your anxiety phase. In fact, peanut can serve your body with many healthy nutrients such as amino acids and protein with an obvious calming effect capable of stimulating your brain to produce some chemicals like tryptophan, important to improve your mood and to make you feel healthy, alerted and energetic.

4. Kiwi : Kiwi is one of the world healthiest foods. According to some recent studies published in the Journal Of Nutritional Science dating 2 kiwis per day can make you feel happier. Kiwi is a great stress relieving snack fold thanks to its rich amount of vitamin C and antioxidants which protect your body from chronic stress, improve your mood, promote your body’s inner balance, boost your immune system and make you feel energetic.

5. Bananas : Bananas are well known for their stress relieving properties. Bananas alleviate the mood and stimulate the brain to produce dopamine or “ happiness hormone” which works as an anti-depressant warrior. They are a good source of many essential nutrients such as fibre and carbs which meets your body needs.

6. Berries : All berries represent a tasty and a healthy choice to fight against anxiety. Berries are loaded with a powerful pack of antioxidants including vitamin C which helps you to get rid of anxiety, repair and protect cells, empower your immunity system and positively affect your brain. Consuming fresh berries alone, frozen or with yogurt will definitely make you feel healthy and stress free.

7. Avocados : Avocados are a great option of the superfoods list. Avocados have a powerful healing effect to relieve your body and brain from anxiety and stress. Their rich content of potassium as well as vitamins B, C and E play an essential role to improve your mood, promote healthy nerves and lower blood pressure.

8. Oranges : Orange is very rich in vitamin C which is proved to reduce both anxiety and blood pressure. This would also work as a natural detox for your body, break down cholesterol, fight against diseases and give your immune system a boost. Vitamin C is very powerful to overcome chronic fatigue which makes you feel more energetic.

9. Yogurt : Based on their findings, scientists are optimistic that yogurt has efficiently reversed depression symptoms. In deed, there is a whole mechanism linking the health of the gut with depression. Healthy guts make you feel relaxed and released contrary to unhealthy guts which have a direct negative impact on the brain and can make you feel depressed and stressed. Yogurt is very helpful to balance the bacteria properly, stimulates the brain to produce “feel-good” chemicals and thus prevent anxiety.

10. Turkey : Turkey is a good source of amino-acid tryptophan which gives you a deep sense of relaxation and calmness. Turkey promotes your good health by protecting your body against high blood pressure and by helping your digestive system which induce anxiety and improve your mood. You can eat turkey for dinner meal on a salad or other vegetables. Too much turkey can make you feel sleepy.

11. Salmon : Salmon is an  anxiety buster. It is the best source of omega 3 fatty acids which positively affect your heart, lower anxiety, improve the mood and keep stress hormones such as adrenaline under control. It is highly recommended to include salmon into your diet and to eat it at least 3 times a week.

12. Eggs : Eggs are tremendous to overcome anxiety. They are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, protein and a series of other nutrients beneficial to the functioning of  your nervous system and help resist several mental diseases including Alzheimer.

13. Water : Although a variety of causes can contribute to anxiety, studies directly link depression to dehydration. In deed, people who are dehydrated are putting themselves at higher risks of anxiety, nervousness and stress which triggers, as a result, heart and panic attacks, aches, weakness, high blood pressure... The key to the rebalance tool by making sure that you are drinking enough water ( 2 to 3 litters per day). Drinking plenty of water calm your nerves, flash toxins out of your body, support your immune system and can even improve your skin tone.

14. Milk : Milk is packed with precious stress relieving properties. Thanks to its high content of antioxidants, vitamins ( including a range of vitamin B ) , protein and other nutrients, milk is not only capable to cure anxiety but also to reduce risks of inflammations , aid digestion and lower blood pressure. It is highly recommended to drink a cold glass of milk at night for people suffering from insomnia.

15. Teas : Tea is a great stress buster and a popular herbal remedy to control anxiety. Recent studies on elderly people with depression symptoms have surprisingly found that teas especially green tea have greatly contributed the reduction in major depressive symptoms of anxiety with like 44 per cent. Tea reduces stress, lowers symptoms of anxiety and elevates the mood. It does not only give you the chance to relax but also hydrates you body. Teas would make a great addition for a healthy routine.

16. Spinach : Although it may seem completely contrary to the fictionalized popular image, spinach will not give your an immediate super strength. Yet, spinach is rich in iron, magnesium and minerals powerful enough to fight against anxiety, stabilize your mood, control your blood pressure and reduce cortisol levels.

17. Broccoli : Broccoli is a great tool to fight to fight anxiety. One cap of broccoli can serve your body requirements in both vitamin C and fibre. Quite apart from lowering stress hormones, broccoli also helps to control your blood pressure, maintains a healthy digestion, purifies your body from toxins and thus strengthens your immunity.

18. Bee pollen : Feelings of anxiety may be rooted in a B vitamin deficiency since it is very tremendous for a proper functioning of the brain. Bee pollen is very rich both in vitamin B and amino acids which can increase the production of various energizing chemicals known as neurotransmitters beneficial to restore brain chemistry balance and to enhance your sense of satisfaction. Bee pollen can obviously lift you up when you feel stressed, fights furiously against cancer and works as an immunity booster with wound healing effects.

19. Chia seeds : Chia seeds naturally help to deal easily with anxiety. Chia seeds have a high content of amino-acids called tryptophan which helps the body and particularly the brain to release anti-depressant chemicals such as serotonin. Chia seeds will effectively provide you with a sense of calmness since they are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. They are very powerful to protect your body from several diseases including heart-disease, diabetes and breast cancer.

20. Turmeric : Turmeric is among the very natural ways to cure anxiety. It contains a high amount of antioxidants very powerful to prevent anxiety. Besides, turmeric is very helpful to maintain your well-being because, in deed, it cleanses your body from the harmful toxins , protects your cells, fights against cancer and makes your immune system more rigid and stubborn to diseases. Include turmeric in your diet by adding it to your meals. It is also recommended to drink a warm glass of water or milk with ½ teaspoon of turmeric on a daily basis.

Disclaimer : The publication discussed is made to give you a general information and a deeper understanding of the mentioned issue. The information is not intended nor should it be a substitute for professional medical advice. None of these options is an ultimate cure for anxiety but they are helpful to overcome it. Please do not toss your anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications and depend only on them. The publisher and the team work are not responsible for any damage, health problems or negative consequences. 

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