Anxiety is a disorder categorized as constant stress and worry, which affects many Americans. Aside from medication, there are several lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce your anxiety. These are some foods that you can incorporate into your diet to help regulate your anxiety levels:
Salmon: Along with other fatty fish, salmon contains nutrients like omega-3, fatty acids and Vitamin D. These nutrients promote brain health and help reduce inflammation that leads to mental disorders like anxiety. Studies show that eating salmon at least three times a week reported less anxiety than people who ate chicken and pork.
Yogurt: Yogurt contains healthy bacteria that improve brain health. A 2015 study showed that fermented food had reduced social anxiety among young people. Yogurt contains probiotics, which will help improve gut health, reduce swelling, and thus cause reduced stress and anxiety.
Turmeric: This spice is popular in Indian and South-East Asian cooking. It contains curcumin, a compound linked to lowering inflammation and stress that often increases people experiencing mood disorders.
Dark Chocolate: In a previous post, we covered how dark chocolate helps increase dopamine levels. It also contains antioxidants that can improve brain function, leading to a decrease in anxiety. The taste alone is also said to provide comfort to some people, and that sense of calmness can naturally reduce stress and anxiety.
All in all, incorporating foods that nourish your brain should help you control your stress and anxiety levels. Ultimately, a combination of lifestyle, dietary, behavioral (and sometimes medical) changes will help you achieve a better life quality.
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