1. Consume Complex Carbs
Complex carbs from whole grains help by ensuring a prolonged energy release into the bloodstream, protecting you from feeling down in the dumps. Carbs are also known to boost a chemical called serotonin in the brain, which is also known as the happy hormone. Make sure each major meal is well-spaced and contains oats, whole wheat, quinoa, barley or other whole grains to keep you energised and happy.
2. Include Citrus Fruits In Daily Diet
Citrus fruits are the richest sources of vitamin C, which helps control stress as well. Vitamin C has been found to reduce physical and mental stress probably by preventing the increased cortisol levels. Cortisol is the “Flight or Fight” hormone released when stressed and prolonged increase of this hormone has been linked to a number of health conditions.
Foods for anxiety: Citrus foods are rich in vitamin C which helps manage stress.
3. Magnesium-Rich Foods
Magnesium is a mineral linked to reducing the brain functions that exacerbate anxiety. The green leafy vegetables are the easiest way to get magnesium into our meals. From Spinach to Kale, make sure you take adequate greens to stay calm. Avocados, beans and bananas are happy foods too. Magnesium also improves inflammation, a side effect of anxiety.
4. Zinc-Rich Foods
Another mineral, zinc (found in cashews, poultry and eggs) helps our body deal with stress. Zinc is also the pivotal mineral for a healthy nervous system and a healthy vagus nerve that connects the brain to the rest of our body. When our nerves are calm and healthy, so are we.
Foods for anxiety: Have more and more foods that are rich in zinc.
5. Have More Omega-3
Omega-3 fats are linked to improving oxidative stress, control anxiety by improving brain functions. Fatty fish, walnuts and flaxseeds are rich sources of this healthy fat. Have adequate amounts, extra is not needed.
6. Drink Tea
Tea is one drink that seems to calm people and make them happy. Tea leaves, especially green tea, help soothe nerves probably because it is a rich source of antioxidants. Tea of chamomile is especially used for calmness and is documented to help sleep better. Similarly, infusions of Valarie root and passionflower are also used to alleviate stress and promote calmness
Foods for anxiety: Have tea twice a daily to manage anxiety.
7. Chocolate And Coffee
They are both the ultimate stress busters and energisers. Around 70% of dark chocolates have high cocoa flavonoids that help boost blood flow to the brain and heart, which reduces anxiety. But remember, moderation is key as too much caffeine causes anxiety too. Coffee beans are also rich in antioxidants and coffee as a drink helps energise the body and picks up the mood but excess can cause anxiety and depression, so stick to 2 cups/day.
8. Include Turmeric In Diet
Turmeric (or haldi) contains the bioactive compound, curcumin, which has been used for treating anxiety and depression for ages. It is linked to boosting the happy hormone serotonin and dopamine. In fact, it is said to be as effective as antidepressant medications.
Foods for anxiety: Turmeric tea can help keep stress at bay.
9. Bhrami And Ashwagandha
Ayurveda has relied on two potent herbs for dealing with anxiety and depression. Bhrami is Ayurveda’s nerve tonic. It has been used as an anti-anxiety medicine for 3000 years. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, which means its primary function is to aid the body to adapt to and deal with stress. It reduces cortisol which helps reduce stress further keeping anxiety and fatigue at bay.
All these foods and food groups bring a lot of health to our meals too. Fruits, whole grains and green leafy vegetables nourish our body. Healthy fats, nuts and spices protect our health, and herbs help fight infections and boost our immunity. So, eat healthy, exercise daily, drink a lot of water and enjoy your work to keep anxiety and stress at bay.