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Foods for Anxiety

Did you know that anxiety depletes our body of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients?

This is why it is so important that we make the right food choices. The right food choices can dramatically affect how our body handles anxiety.

Instead of eating junk foods when you get anxious, try these foods for anxiety that will relax and calm your body.

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are rich in B vitamins including B6 and zinc which play a critical role in the health of the adrenal glands. During times of stress, these nutrients can plummet. Sunflower seeds also contain magnesium and niacin. Niacin enhances GABA activity inside the brain, which in turn helps reduce anxiety.

Almonds

Almonds are rich in magnesium which is important for supporting adrenal function. Low levels of magnesium are associated with nervous tension, anxiety, irritability and insomnia.

Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are a great source of zinc. Zinc is important for the production of serotonin. During times of stress, our need for zinc increases. They also contain the B vitamin niacin which helps reduce LDL-cholesterol levels in the blood. Niacin also enhances GABA activity inside the brain, which in turn helps reduce anxiety.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of the amino acids tryptophan and glutamate. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and niacin. Serotonin is a beneficial neuro-chemical that works as a natural sleeping pill. Glutamate is required in the synthesis of GABA. Gaba is an anti-stress neurochemical in the brain that helps reduce anxiety, nervous irritability and other neurotic conditions. Niacin along with glutamate, enhances GABA activity inside the brain, which in turn reduces anxiety.

Berries




Blackberries, strawberries and raspberries are rich in manganese and Vitamin C. Insufficient vitamin C can weaken your immune system and make you feel stressed and run down.

Celery

Celery contains nutrients that calm, including niacinimide. A stalk of celery before bedtime may even improve your sleep.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers have a cooling effect on the blood and the liver. When the liver is properly nourished it can help balance hormones, boost mood, and beat stress & anxiety.

Asparagus

Asparagus is high in the antioxidant glutathione which helps the liver function at optimum levels. Anything that has a positive effect on your liver has a positive effect on your mood and your ability to deal with stress & anxiety.

Brown Rice

Brown Rice is a slowly absorbed carbohydrate and can help trigger the release of  serotonin and norepinephrine, our “feel good” hormones.

Algae

Algae contains the amino acids tryptophan and L-phenylalanine. Our “feel-good” hormones serotonin and norepinephrine can be made from these amino acids. Algae also energizes the liver and includes nutrients that have a positive effect on the nervous system.

Herbal Teas

Herbal teas can be very effective in relieving stress & anxiety symptoms. The teas specific for calming anxiety are: chamomile, lemon balm, valerian, kava and passionflower.

Anxiety Treatment Plan

Utilize our tips on how to relieve anxiety, our recommended natural supplements for anxiety and our foods for anxiety to create your anxiety treatment plan today!

Visit our Supplement Store for our recommended natural supplements for anxiety. You can check out our top picks for quick anxiety relief here. You can link to the companies that sell the highest quality natural supplements from our supplement store.

If you’re considering taking any herbal supplement as a treatment for anxiety, talk to your doctor first, especially if you take other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects.
If your anxiety is interfering with daily activities, talk with your doctor. More serious forms of anxiety generally need medical treatment or psychological counseling for symptoms to improve.

How to Relieve Anxiety

Exercise is so important in controlling your anxiety. There are numerous types

of exercises that help relieve anxiety symptoms. They include, breathing exercises, cardiovascular exercises, stretching exercises and positive affirmation exercises.

Breathing Exercises

One of the main things that helps me when I am in the midst of an anxiety attack, is to stop what I am doing, take a deep breath, and start my deep breathing exercises.  Deep breathing is essential to calming your racing heart.

This is what you do. Inhale for a count of 5, hold your breath for a count of 1 , and then exhale for a count of 5.  Repeat this four or five times.  It works wonders in slowing down your racing heart and it sends a calm relaxing feeling throughout your body. Try it right now!  Feels great doesn’t it?

Here is a great video explaining this anxiety relief technique:

 

Another breathing exercise to relieve anxiety is deep breathing or abdominal breathing.

Lie down on the floor and place a rolled towel under your head and neck. Place one hand on your chest and one on your abdomen. Close your eyes and inhale deeply and then breath out slowly.

Concentrate on the rhythm of your breathing. Feel your hand on your stomach move with your breathing. Continue breathing in and out concentrating only on your breath and the movement of your abdomen.

Remain in this position for 10 minutes, but don’t fall asleep! Wow! what a great way to relax!

Cardiovascular Exercises

The second exercise I recommend to relieve anxiety  is cardiovascular or aerobic because it relieves muscle tension and burns stress hormones.

Cardiovascular exercise also releases your endorphin hormones. I call them my “feel good” hormones because they help lift my mood and make me feel good.

Try these exercises for at least 20 minutes three times a week. Walk briskly in your neighborhood or in a park, swim, jump on a trampoline, ride bikes with your children, or go for a jog.

All of these exercises help discharge tension and reduce levels of stress-related hormones in your body.

Stretching Exercises

The third exercise I recommend to relieve anxiety is stretching.

A gentle form of stretching  can improve your posture and overall flexibility and relieve your body of stress related tension and muscle aches.

These exercises can be mentally soothing and thus great for controlling your anxiety.

Positive Affirmation Exercises

The final exercise I recommend to relieve anxiety is to use positive affirmations to change your thinking habits.

There is strong evidence that changing your thinking habits drastically helps control your anxiety. The trick is to learn new ways of thinking and develop a method for changing your old thinking patterns.

Our old thinking patterns allow anxiety to take over and hold our thoughts captive. Thus creating anxious thinking which eventually becomes a full blown anxiety attack. If we can change our thought patterns through positive affirmations, we can begin to alleviate our anxiety attacks.

Practice saying positive statements such as these to yourself so that when your mind starts to race, you can use these to counteract the anxiety attack.

  • My feelings don’t make sense right now. I have control over  my feelings and I can choose to overlook them.
  • These feelings can exist only if I allow them to.
  • I can feel anxious and still focus on what I am doing in the moment.
  • I have felt stressed like this before and I survived. I will survive now too.

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Remember to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise routine.

 

If you’re considering taking any herbal supplement as a treatment for anxiety,  or starting an exercise program, talk to your doctor first, especially if you take other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects.
If your anxiety is interfering with daily activities, talk with your doctor. More serious forms of anxiety generally need medical treatment or psychological counseling for symptoms to improve.

 

My husband recently brought home a product called Happy Camper
for me to try.  It worked so quickly to relieve my anxiety.

I  was surprised that it worked so well.  Sometimes I get a headache after taking Stress Response or ZenX but Happy Camper did not give me a headache.

I was very pleased with Happy Camper because it worked so quickly. I experienced  anxiety relief  within 30 minutes.


If you’re considering taking any herbal supplement as a treatment for anxiety, talk to your doctor first, especially if you take other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects. If your anxiety is interfering with daily activities, talk with your doctor. More serious forms of anxiety generally need medical treatment or psychological counseling (psychotherapy) for symptoms to improve.