Stop Food Anxiety

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Some foods can ease anxiety

There is a reason that doctors usually tell patients who are struggling with anxiety disorders to avoid certain foods. Caffeine in coffee, soda, tea can cause anxiousness in anyone if too much is consumed. Sugar and alcohol are other foods that tend to emphasize anxiety in the body. On the other hand, there are many natural and delicious foods that reduce anxiety and help us feel better. Making good dietary choices has helped many people conquer anxiety.

There is a reason why everyone gets tired after Thanksgiving dinner

You may have thought that your family got tired after Thanksgiving dinner from eating a heavy meal high in calories. Although this may be part of the reason why this happens, it is not the only reason. Turkey eaten by most Americans on this holiday contains the chemical tryptophan that is believed to induce a calm feeling. Chicken, cheese, soy, peanut butter, sesame seeds, bananas, milk, and oats also contain tryptophan. Try to include foods high in this chemical in your diet each day.

Choose foods with high levels of B vitamins

Another food that has been shown to help control generalized anxiety disorder is the food group containing B vitamins. Thiamin or vitamin B1 appears to have a link with the mood that a person is in. Not having enough vitamin B, including B12 and folic acid, has been known to cause depression in certain individuals. Foods that are high in B vitamins are meats, such as chicken, pork, and beef. Other foods are oranges and citrus fruits, nuts, eggs, rice, and green, leafy vegetables.

Get your omega-3 fatty acids to feel better

Studies have indicated that eating fatty fish, including tuna, salmon, sardines, and others help lessen feelings of depression in test subjects who took antidepressants and ate fish in their diets. People in the study who took medication, but did not eat fatty fish did not have the good results that those who added fish to their diets, along with antidepressants had. Eating fish two or three times a week is also good for your heart.

Dairy products cause the brain to produce feel good chemicals

When you eat dairy products that contain a lot of protein, such as Greek yogurt or cheese, your body can convert the protein in them to dopamine and norepinephrine. These chemicals help you think faster and to have more mental energy. In turn, you may feel less anxious and more in control of yourself with a diet that is high in protein. Eating other sources of protein are also a good idea. Be sure to get enough eggs, beans, nuts, and meat in your diet.

Whole wheat bread stimulates serotonin in the brain

Eating whole grains, including whole wheat bread can also relieve some of the physical symptoms of anxiety. Not only do whole grains stimulate serotonin production, but they also avoid the sugar rush that white bread or white rice produce. After that high, most people feel lethargic when their blood sugar suddenly drops. When you stick to whole grains, you will avoid this.

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