The economy, family, jobs, lack of jobs, kids, school – all kinds of things can cause stress on our bodies and minds. Stress not only affects you – your family, friends and co-workers may take notice of your insecurity. Anxiety is a real affliction for many, stopping them from fully enjoying their lives or trying new experiences. Many people treat anxiety with powerful and sometimes addictive medications, but for those opting away from medication, there are slight modifications in daily life that help decrease the feelings of stress.
One major change that can help with anxiety and stress is a change of diet. The foods we put into our bodies fuels brains and bodies, so when we put bad fuel in our “machine”, it does not operate the way we need it to. Here are 5 foods to help reduce anxiety, and they’re delicious too!
Blueberries have been recently identified as a “super food”, meaning they contain huge amounts of antioxidants and other numerous health benefits. Blueberries are probably the best berries you can eat daily because of the amount of nutrition they offer for so small a berry. The way antioxidants work is that they stop oxidation molecules in cells from creating chain reactions. Oxidation reactions create free radicals which cause cell death and contribute to an aging appearance in the form of wrinkles and inflammation. Blueberries help stop these reactions and can help prevent certain cancers and heart disease. 2 cups of blueberries a day can keep you looking and feeling great.
Oranges are another fruit that contain huge benefits for anti-aging, health and anxiety. Oranges are full of Vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin, which means that you can ingest as much as you want without concern. Oranges have a number of benefits for the anxiety-ridden person. They are full of antioxidants, which also help the body stay limber and can help increase the body’s immunity system. An anxious body is more prone to illness, which can cause even more stress on the body, so drinking or eating oranges can help fight off those pesky winter germs. For many anxiety sufferers, the feeling of a racing heart can be calmed by a cup of orange juice mixed with a teaspoon of honey and a dash of nutmeg. Some even swear that just the aroma of oranges can help to calm the nerves.
3. Acai Berries
Acai berries have been labeled another “super fruit” because of their numerous health and longevity benefits. This berry is found in Central and South America and has become quite popular in health circles. Acai has been shown to have benefits for the immune system as well as providing a healthy energy boost so that you can stress less about all the things you have to complete in a day.
Salmon is a great food to include in your diet if you are feeling particularly stressed or anxious. Studies have shown that foods high in omega-3 fatty acids can help with depression and nervousness. Foods like eggs, wild rice, and walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The body does not produce omega-3 fatty acids, which is why they are so important to in the diet to ensure a balanced amount.
Besides tasting like all things good in this world or getting you out of a misinterpreted comment to your girlfriend, chocolate has a host of medical benefits too! Moderate amounts of dark chocolate have enough sugar to give a slight energy boost, as well as being full of chemicals like opiates and magnesium. Opiates produce positive feelings in the brain functions while magnesium helps to ease the muscular tension associated with feelings of anxiety. But remember to have only a moderate amount, or you’ll feel worse than before you ate the chocolate.
This guest post was written by Steve Bronson in association with Doctors Imaging. They’re radiologists concerned about quality patient care and overall mental health. More information can be found Louisiana’s Doctors Imaging. The views expressed herein are those of the author himself, and not necessarily those of any medical facility or physician. This article is intended to provide those reading it with information about matters of current interest. It should not be construed as legal or medical advice concerning a specific topic and should not be acted upon without contacting the appropriate professionals.