Most of us know that healthy eating is important for physical health, but what if eating better also helped our mental health? Recent studies show that foods may play a role in lowering anxiety levels.

MAGNESIUM rich foods such as leafy greens, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains may help a person feel calmer.

ZINC found in cashews, beef, and egg yolks, may be linked to lower anxiety.

OMEGA 3 fatty acids may help reduce anxiety. Fatty fish such as salmon, nuts, and seeds such as walnuts and ground flaxseed, and olive oil are good sources.

VITAMIN B found in avocado, almonds, and liver is thought to help the release of serotonin and dopamine for a “feel good” effect.

ANTIOXIDANTS may help ease the symptoms of anxiety disorders as well. This includes dark chocolate, blueberries, strawberries, nuts such as walnuts and pecans, and vegetables such as artichokes, kale, spinach, beets, and broccoli.

Working toward a well-balanced diet with adequate fruits, vegetables, meats, and healthy fats is a good recommendation for those who struggle with anxiety. Avoiding processed foods and foods high in sugar means the body experiences fewer highs and lows of blood sugar, which helps to further reduce feelings of anxiety. Very simply put, a sugar rush can mimic a panic attack.

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