Everyone experiences anxiety. We can experience fear, apprehension or worry, right before we publicly speak or when we’re running late to an appointment. Experiencing high levels of anxiety can affect the way we function and behave in our daily lives. To help W.O.M.A.N., Inc. members learn how to control their anxiety we have a list of foods from calmclinic.com that help reduce anxiety and foods to avoid that can contribute to anxiety. Try incorporating these foods into your daily diet, and see how it changes your anxiety.
Foods to Avoid:
Coffee increases heart rate. If you are prone to panic attacks, it can trigger an attack. Though, caffeine in low quantity can reduce stress and improve mood.
Alcohol (from about.com)
What begins as a way to cope with anxiety, can quickly have the opposite effect of increasing distress. Problem drinking leads to alcohol withdrawal. This is often called a “hangover.” The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can include:
- Panic Attacks
- Elevated blood pressure and heart rate
- Increased body temperature
Foods to Eat
Whole Grain Food
Whole grain is rich in magnesium, and magnesium deficiency may lead to anxiety. Whole grain contains tryptophan, which becomes serotonin – a calming neurotransmitter. It provides healthy energy while reducing hunger – both important for anxiety.
Especially pure dark chocolate without the added sugars or milks – is also a great food for those living with anxiety and stress. Chocolate reduces cortisol – the stress hormone that causes anxiety symptoms. There are also compounds inside dark chocolate that improve mood.
Almonds are an underrated food. They contain zinc, a key nutrient for maintaining a balanced mood – and have both iron and healthy fats. Healthy fats are an important part of a balanced diet, and low iron levels have been known to cause brain fatigue, which can contribute to both anxiety and a lack of energy.
Water: (It’s not food, but it is still important)
Many studies have found that dehydration affects as many as 25% of those with persistent stress or more, and dehydration is known to cause more anxiety.