Nutritional Strategies to Ease Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental health conditions that Americans face in today’s day and age. An estimated 18 percent of the population struggles with anxiety, yet only a third of people suffering seek treatment. In addition to finding treatment centers for anxiety disorders, you can make changes to your diet to alleviate some of the symptoms of anxiety. Here are a few changes you can make to get started.

Eat a Protein-Rich Breakfast

Start your day off right with breakfast that includes some type of protein. This can make you feel full for longer and help you maintain your blood sugar levels. Because of this, you’ll feel more energized in the morning and ready to take on the day.

Add Complex Carbohydrates to Meals

Research suggests that carbohydrates can boost serotonin in the brain, which will naturally make you feel calmer. Some foods that contain complex carbs include whole grain cereals, quinoa, whole grain bread, and oatmeal. Stay away from sugary foods and drinks that are full of simple carbohydrates.

Include These Anxiety-Reducing Foods in Your Diet

Some specific foods may be better at relieving anxiety than others. Foods that are rich in magnesium like leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, and legumes can naturally make you feel more relaxed. Omega-3 fatty acids may also help reduce anxiety, so consider adding fatty fish like salmon to your diet. Additionally, foods high in zinc like oysters, beef, egg yolks, and cashews have also been linked to lower stress levels.

Don’t Forget Beverages

The beverages you drink can also play a part in your anxiety treatment. Be sure to drink plenty of water every day. Limit your caffeine intake. They can make you feel more nervous and may interrupt your natural sleep patterns. You should also limit or avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol can also interfere with your sleep and make you feel edgy as it’s processed by the body.

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Author Bio

Dr. Laura Tanzini, DrPh, MA, MFT

Dr. Laura Tanzini is a highly educated and accomplished professional with a background in biology and psychology. She received a BS in Biology from UC Riverside, an MA in psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute, and a Doctorate in Public Health with a specialty in Lifestyle Medicine from Loma Linda University.

Dr. Laura Tanzini is a Board Certified Professional Counselor, Integrative Medicine Clinician, and PTSD Clinician. She has worked in multiple medical hospitals, mental health institutions, and inpatient eating disorder clinics. Also, Dr. Tanzini has written scholarly papers and spoken on various topics related to nutrition, stress, menopause, obesity, depression, anxiety, and human development.