By Staff of Forum Health Rochester Hills
Many people who are looking for stress management might not realize that one of the greatest ways to reduce stress and anxiety is right under their nose. The foods that we consume each and every day play a vital role in creating stress or increasing happiness, and can act as a great supplement to treatment for anxiety. The best foods are generally ones free from sodium, processed sugar and trans fat. The best foods are almost always whole, unprocessed and full of vitamins and healthy fats. Here is a guide to the foods to include in your diet to reduce anxiety, and the foods to avoid that only increase stress and anxiety in the body.
Foods that Reduce Anxiety
One of the best mood boosters is Vitamin B, which is found in ingredients like eggs, spinach, chicken and even beef. While carbohydrates can lift spirits, lower anxiety and provide energy in humans, it is important to find whole sources like grainy breads and brown rice that don’t come packed with unnecessary sugars or fats. However, good fats like Omega 3 fatty acids should be consumed in the form of egg yolks, tuna and salmon. It is best to get your B vitamins and Omega 3 fatty acids from naturally occurring sources; however supplementation with high-quality supplements is sometimes needed to bring amounts in the body up to effective levels.
Foods to Avoid
Some foods can actually add to a person’s anxiety, creating more stress. Large amounts of caffeine can cause depression and increase anxiety-like symptoms, so make sure to consume sodas, coffee and tea in moderation. While sugar is often thought of as a food that boosts the mood, it only does so temporarily and actually leaves consumers feeling lower over time. The same could be said of alcohol, which is a depressant and will only cause more anxiety in the body.
By consuming foods that contain Vitamin B, healthy fats and unprocessed carbohydrates, you can reduce stress and anxiety within the body naturally.