12 Foods That Help With Stress And Anxiety
Here are some very relaxing foods that help your mind and body relax and avoid stress and anxiety. There is nothing simpler than relaxing with what you eat every single day.
Rice and Beans
Brown rice has been shown in studies to relax, soothe, and get rid of stress. It contains lots of good B Vitamins which are important for good mood. These also aid the production of serotonin and dopamine, so we feel relaxed and have a great mood. Beans such as kidney beans are high in tryptophan which helps with stress and anxiety. And beans are high in proteins that help with neurotransmitter production which helps to relax and get rid of stress. Rice beans are a great way to calm the body and relax the mind.
Oatmeal helps the brain produce more serotonin and dopamine too thus you feel relaxed and calm. Plus it helps the body absorb more tryptophan which is very relaxing and contains lots of Vitamin B-6. One of my favorite snacks is oatmeal and bananas.
Lotus seeds contain isoquinoline alkaloid that’s a great relaxing and anti-spasmodic agent. Additionally, at the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Oregon, they recommend Lotus Seeds for insomnia, restlessness, and heart palpitations. They are full of carbohydrates for an instant boost of energy, phosphorus for regulation of hormones and proper mental function, and B Vitamins for stress and anxiety.
Fava beans contain lots the chemical agent L-Dopa which helps in the creation of dopamine in the brain, plus epinephrine and norepinephrine which are important for stress and good mood. Diet rich in this food helps prevent dystonia disorder because of the L-Dopa levels. Fava beans are full of great B-Vitamins which are important for preventing birth defects and boosting moods.
There is nothing more relaxing and soothing than vegetable soup filled with B vitamins and magnesium, known to relieve you of stress and calm your nerves. Make sure to include garlic, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, rutabagas, turnips, and other root vegetables that will help you relax.
Most people would not think of bananas as relaxing but they do contain magnesium, potassium, and tryptophan which all help with stress and anxiety. Enjoy one banana a day and don’t overdo it as they contain a lot of calories.
Perilla seeds and leaves
Because of all the powerful antioxidant properties of Perilla seeds and leaves, they have a major effect on the dopamine centers in our brain thus helping to make us feel happier. The University of Maryland Medical also found that ALA found in Perilla Seeds can help with depression. They’re great to consume in the evening because of their soothing qualities.
These can be used in salads, tempura and miso dishes, soups and stews.
Fox nuts are soothing and relaxing because of the magnesium they contain. They have 14% of our daily potassium needs, helping regulate blood pressure. Fox nuts can be popped like popcorn. Avoid frying them though because you lose the nutrition and with all that oil, they become fattening. Use an air popper or air fryer instead. They have a mild flavor, so it’s great to add salt and pepper, chili powder or other seasonings to them.
Malanga root or sometimes called Yarrow Root is a large root vegetable that’s similar to a potato but is much bigger. It contains B-Vitamins that are relaxing and soothing and magnesium that’s great for controlling stress and anxiety.
Green leafy vegetables
In a study with 500 participants, it was found that those who ate a diet similar to those in Japan – that contain vegetables, mushrooms, and fruits – were less likely to have depression and were much more relaxed. But those who ate lots of meat had low tryptophan levels, which is important for feeling calm.
Chlorella green algae are important for stress and anxiety, helping to prevent stress-related disease, and also gives you the nutrition you need during stressful situations. And studies show that chlorella may even prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. Many feel Chlorella helps them relax and have a clear mind, and feel better in general. Additionally, people with fibromyalgia and depression feel they can resume their regular activities when taking lots of Chlorella. Take at least 3000 mg daily and add it to your smoothies.
Yams and Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes and yams are full of magnesium, vitamin D and B-6 Vitamins that uplift your mood and remove anxiety and stress. Enjoy these foods daily and feel relaxed, calm, and peaceful. Many blessings to everyone!
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