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Anti-Anxiety Diet

Anxiety is not directly affected by what you eat. But diet plays an important role in alleviating people of anxiety symptoms. The foods that you eat everyday contribute to the anxiety that you deal with daily. Eating more healthy foods like fruits and vegetables may become part of your attempt to lower your anxiety and keep it in check.

Understanding the effects

VegetablesWhen you understand how foods affect your mood it will give you an opportunity to know which foods can lower or increase anxiety. The goal is to keep on eating the foods that are good for you at the same time avoiding the foods that would contribute to an increase in anxiety and stress levels. It is best to avoid foods that are fried. Foods that have been subjected to oil are harder to digest. These foods have very little nutritional content and could adversely affect your anxiety levels. Anxiety becomes more pronounced because the body is unable to properly to process the food.

Eating for tryptophan

Foods that are full of tryptophan is the key in eliminating or weakening your anxiety levels. Why tryptophan? Tryptophan is a key nutrient that has something to do with the body’s ability to produce feel-good chemicals. But you need to also load up with other nutrients to help the brain produce the chemicals that would lift the mood and avoid anxiety to dominate the mind. Potassium and magnesium are important nutrients that when combined with tryptophan can produce serotonin which is known to diffuse anxiety and help people that are suffering from depression.

Eating for magnesium

We earlier said that the body needs magnesium. It is alarming to know that people that are suffering from anxiety symptoms are magnesium deficient. Magnesium is an important nutrient that plays a significant role in over 300 bodily processes. Magnesium is essential in keeping the blood pressure normal. Magnesium can also help people with sleep disorders. Insomnia can be helped by increasing the consumption of magnesium together with melatonin. People that are having problems sleeping often are more anxious.

These are just few of the many tips for having the right diet that helps conquer anxiety symptoms. Always remember that the foods you eat can enormously affect your mood and behavior.

photo by: Martin Cathrae