Foods To Instantly Help Ease Anxiety And Stress

I don’t know about you, but over time I get sick of just popping a pill to fix all my problems. While pills can be a short term solution, they typically don’t fix what is actually causing the problems int the first place. Pills are like the bandaids of your health. Popping pills can sometimes have more negative side effects than positive ones.  This is true when you are taking pills to help mental and/or physical health issues.

What side effects can pills have on your body?

According to medical news today some common examples related to drugs include:

  • Constipation.
  • Skin rash or dermatitis.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Dizziness.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Headache.
  • Insomnia

And these are just to name a few! Pills are filtered through your organs, and they can be very hard on your liver and kidney because they have to constantly process each pill and than break them down. It’s like the hamster on the wheel.

How can food be used as medicine to help treat problems?

Foods are naturally rich in nutrients and vitamins. Bodies breakdown food and then pull from it the things it needs in order to function and live. It is said when diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need. 

Choosing to eat REAL FOOD (No processed, deep fried, or condiment covered food) can work as well as any pill you are going to take. When you pair the right foods with your ailment the results can be life changing.

What causes anxiety and stress?

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand, and typically is a side effect of anxiety.

Anxietymay be caused by a mental condition, a physical condition, the effects of drugs, or a combination of these. Brain chemistry is thought to cause anxiety in some cases. Anxiety disorders have a complicated network of causes, including: environmental factors, such as stress from a personal relationship, job, school, finances, traumatic event, or even a shortage of oxygen in high-altitude areas. genetics.

Will anxiety or stress kill you?

According to the anxiety and depression association, aka the ADAA , NO! However, anxiety and depression can be so overbearing that it leads people to overdosing or in the worst case, suicide.

While it physically won’t kill you, it sure mentally feels like it can. If your anxiety or stress is causing suicidal thoughts please seek help!  The suicide hotline is available 24 hours a day Call 1-800-273-8255.

Please Note
This article is here to help you pair foods to ease anxiety and stress, but is in no way a substitute for those who need greater medical attention. Everyone at some point or another needs help coping with anxiety and stress. You are not alone, don’t be afraid to ask for help have it be with counseling, therapy or support groups!

Now lets dive into all the foods that can help ease anxiety and stress.

Turkey and Chicken

Turkey contains tryptophan which is an amino acid that the body needs to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps regulate sleep and mood. According to the University of Michigan, tryptophan may help reduce anxious feelings. Tryptophan is also the ingredient in turkey that makes you sleepy. Ever wonder why everyone naps after dinner on Thanksgiving, well now you know!

Stay away from deep fried turkey or chicken and instead opt for baked, deli or sliced versions of the meat.

The scientific reason why: Eating clean, lean protein like chicken or turkey keeps up your glucose levels and helps them stay steady. Steady glucose helps fuel you and gives you energy. Having high energy levels is good for both your body and mind in order to stay on track throughout the day. Low glucose levels leaves you feeling sluggish and foggy headed, thus adding to your stress and anxiety.

Citrus

Surprised? I am too. Citrus isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a calming color or flavor. Citrus is found in things like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges. Citrus is most common found in fruits that are also full of Vitamin C. Vitamin C lowers blood pressure and reduce cortisol (which is literally referred to as the stress hormone).

Along with citrus, lemon balm has been used since the beginning of time to help calm and prevent stress. Lemon balm is an herb that contains rosmarinic acid, which basically works like antioxidant properties. Most people use lemon balm in the form of an essential oil to help relieve stress.

Oranges specifically contain a high amount of Vitamin C and vitamin B6, both of which are good for reducing stress hormones and lessening depression. Have you ever smelled someone open an orange from across the room and you are filled with a warm happy scent? Yup, that’s just science giving you a nice hug to relieve your anxiety and stress.

Avocado

 

Yes you are reading that correctly! Not only is avocado toast your new favorite breakfast but avocado has been linked to reducing anxiety. Avocado is rich in Vitamin B and we need B vitamins for healthy nerves and brain cells. When your brain is lacking B vitamins it can cause feelings of anxiety and stress.

Just like if you don’t have enough oil in your car, it’s going to start to act up and eventually shut down. The same is true for vitamins and nutrients in your diet. If you don’t feed your brain the nutrients it needs,  your body is going to get out of whack, showing signs signs of stress, anxiety or depression. Make sure to feed it all the good B vitamins so you can keep on chugging along.

Avocados are monounsaturated fats (healthy fat), and eating these leaves you feeling fuller longer. This will help you fight stress eating, which can cause anxiety in the first place.

Blueberries

Much like citrus blueberries contain Vitamin C which helps fight anxiety.  According to Medical News Today , just one cup of blueberries contains 24 percent of a persons recommended allowance.  A type of flavonoid called anthocyanin gives blueberries many of their health benefits. Flavonoids are plant compounds that often have a powerful antioxidant effect.

Blueberries also contain copper, beta-carotene, folate, choline, vitamins A and E, and manganese. Basically blueberries are the bomb boss daddy of the fruit world. Little in size, packed with with body rich nutrients.

I live in Wisconsin so we don’t grow blueberries year round obviously, so I have to get creative with how I eat them. Some packages of blueberries can be very spotty leaving some sweet and some a little sour tasting. One of my favorite ways to eat blueberries is to pair it with yogurt and honey, topping it off with some cinnamon. Other popular ways to consume the include pairing them with oatmeal, cereal, and in fruit salads. Want a new take on them? Try freezing them!

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