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Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the world affecting more than 18% of the US population every year. Aside from medication and mindfulness techniques it is now widely accepted that the food we put into our bodies can have a direct impact on the way we feel both physically and mentally, so here are 5 things to eat, or drink, if you are trying to reduce your own anxiety and live your very best life.
When it comes to herbal teas, Chamomile has long been seen as the one to drink if you are feeling anxious. The Chamomile flower contains a high level of antioxidants which are proven to reduce inflammation in the body and can help to relieve feelings of anxiety. In several studies, Chamomile extract has also been found to significantly reduce the symptoms of anxiety in those who experience Generalized Anxiety Disorder, though it’s important to note that Chamomile extract is a lot stronger than traditional Chamomile tea – that being said, there’s certainly no harm in sipping on a cup of this calming drink.
Cannabidiol, which is often referred to by its shorter name CBD, is a chemical compound found in the Cannabis Sativa plant and it has been proven to help reduce both the feelings and symptoms of anxiety. Not to be confused with THC, CBD produces no high effect and is now being infused into foods, drinks, ointments, and creams to help people who suffer from a variety of ailments. As a very versatile compound, CBD can be infused into virtually any product and companies such as treat leaf edibles have even created CBD infused candies.
Just a few servings of salmon a week can help to promote anxiety relief. As one of the healthiest forms of protein, salmon contains many nutrients that are considered essential to brain health, including vitamin D and the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA can help to regulate serotonin and dopamine levels in the body and have also been found to promote the brain’s ability to react to stressors.
Believe it or not your microbiome and mental health are more connected than you may think, making yogurt, which contains lots of healthy gut bacteria, a good food to eat for those who wish to relieve anxiety symptoms. Studies have also found that probiotic foods such as yogurt can help to improve brain function and may help both the mind and body deal with stress.
This often-overlooked golden spice contains a very special compound, curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has been found to significantly reduce anxiety effects during clinical trials conducted on mice. Although more studies still need to be done on humans to confirm turmerics specific anti-anxiety capabilities, there are is denying its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and so it’s worth putting an extra teaspoon of this golden spice in your curry or taking specialist curcumin tablets which can be found in most health food stores.