It is natural to be feeling added anxieties and stress from the disruptions to our lives caused by the Covid-19 virus. Anxiety, as a symptom of stress, can show up physically, mentally, emotionally and even cause chemical imbalances in our bodies.
Around the world communities have been working together to relieve stressors in order to deal with anxiety in forms such as free online workouts, meditations and sharing of thoughts, feelings and food where possible.
If it is within your means, grows in your garden or if you just found it while cleaning out the kitchen cupboards, here is a list of foods to incorporate into your diet that can relieve anxiety.
- Yogurt and other probiotics. Probiotics defend against harmful pathogens and microbes and promote a healthy gut. A healthy gut leads to stimulation and production of serotonin and dopamine which are feel-good hormones.
- Salmon is known for its omega-3 fatty acids, it also regulates serotonin and dopamine for a calming effect and promotes mental health.
- Dark chocolate in moderation – You do not have to ask me twice! But besides it being delicious it reduces anxiety and depression. Aim for the 70% or higher chocolate but only have a small serving as it will be high in sugar and fat.
- Chamomile Tea. Chamomile is used for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, its antioxidant and relaxing properties. It has shown to reduce sever anxiety disorder symptoms and it enhances sleep. As a herbal remedy it is readily available and safe to use frequently.
- Green Tea contains theanine which has anxiety relief and calming properties.
- Avocado and other Food rich in Vitamin B. Vitamin B6 and magnesium is thought to promote serotonin production in the brain which we know reduces anxiety and depression.
- Pumpkin seeds is a great source of magnesium, potassium and zinc. Potassium is linked to stress and anxiety reduction, while zinc can affect our mood.
- Eggs are not only an excellent source of complete protein, containing essential amino acids for the body’s growth and development, but they also contain tryptophan, the amino acid which helps create serotonin. Serotonin helps regulate mood, sleep, memory, behavior and also improves brain function and reduces anxiety.
- Turmeric has an active ingredient called curcumin. Curcumin is linked to anxiety relief, reducing inflammation and stess.
- Asparagus is rich in potassium, fiber and beneficial vitamins which relieve anxiety.
Now more than ever, we should do our best to assist our systems to promote anxiety and stress relief. Remember that the foods we ingest have a direct effect on you body, mind and soul. Be mindful and where possible make the changes with a sense of self-compassion.
Adapted by Johanica Havenga from an article by Debbie Johnson
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