What Foods Reduce Stress & Anxiety

Hello All, Firstly I wish to thank you for stopping by again. Today we are going to look at 8 foods you can eat to help to reduce stress & Anxiety. We will Look at why they help you, from a scientific point of view.

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Many people are struggling to keep their stress and anxiety levels on an even keel. You do what has been recommended to you by your doctor,  you attend sessions with your therapist, take your medication as prescribed, and have a good support system of family and friends?

The problem is, a lot of people think that taking the medication, talking to a professional and having heart to hearts with others is all it takes to get better. You need to change your diet as well. If you haven’t tried changing what you eat then you may be missing a very important opportunity to bring your stress and  anxiety under control.

Medical professionals are starting to understand a whole lot more about how the nutritional properties of the foods we eat affect our brains. “There is a clear and important connection between the brain and the gut,” explains Jodi Godfrey, MS, RD, a health and nutrition educator. “Researchers now refer to the gut as the second brain. When essential nutrients are not sufficiently available, there is a direct effect on the production of neurotransmitters and brain chemistry that can increase or lessen anxiety-related behaviors.”

When you feel stressed, food can be one of your best friends to help to alleviate the feelings as long as you eat the correct foods in the right quantities. Eating comfort food is not the answer. Sugar makes you feel good for a short time but in the long run it makes the symptoms of stress worse.

If changing your diet does not appeal to you then you could learn from this article as well. Mastering Stress Naturally

The Good Foods To Eat :

  1. Dark Chocolate
  2. Nuts
  3. Citrus Fruits
  4. Avocados
  5. Whole Grains
  6. Fish
  7. Calcium Rich Foods
  8. Fiber Friendly Foods

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Dark Chocolate

This is my personal favorite, Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and they help to reduce stress by lowering the stress hormone cortisol.

The other way it helps is the fact it tastes great, which makes you feel happy naturally.

The recommended amount to eat is 1 ounce a day.

 

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Nuts

Almonds, pistachios and Walnuts are full of B vitamins, healthy fatty acids and nutrients which are an important part of a healthy diet and can help reduce stress.

Pistachios also contain a high healthy fat content, lots of fiber and antioxidants which help to keep blood vessels open and relaxed during stressful moments

Cashews Contain Magnesium and that has been linked to better anxiety levels.

The recommended amount to eat is a handful a day.

 

 

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Citrus Fruits

Oranges, Mandarins, Strawberries, Grapefruit and Lemons all contain vitamin C. Studies have shown consuming vitamin C helps to reduce anxiety and stress.

The recommended amount to eat is 500 mg a day.

 

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Avocados

This super food contains stress relieving Omega 3 fatty Acids.these acids help to improve your mood, give your concentration a lift and relieve Anxiety. They also contain Fiber and other Nutrients.

Have you ever tried guacamole? It tastes delicious. I’m not a fan of Avocados But I do like Guacamole.

 

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Whole Grains (1)

Sweet potatoes and Whole grain Breads contain carbohydrates that can improve levels of Serotonin, once the feel good levels of serotonin increase they help to boost your mood and can also boost your concentration.

Not all carbs are good for you, the ones to avoid are white breads, white pasta, cakes and biscuits.

 

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Fish (2)

Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna, Halibut and Sardines are all classed as fatty fish because they all contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which has been proven to help with Depression and Anxiety.

It is recommended to eat fish twice a week.

If you don’t like fish you could eat seaweed, Chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, and fortified food, such as certain brands of milk, soy milk, and nut milk. You can also try omega-3 supplements in the form of Fish Oil.

 

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Calcium Rich Foods

Calcium is a huge stress reducer, having a cup of warm milk before bed helps you to sleep better, therefore reducing the feelings of tiredness and stress. If you don’t like milk, other dairy products like yogurt and cheese, are excellent sources of calcium. If you are lactose intolerant, tinned salmon, Almonds, sunflower seeds, and green leafy vegetables like Broccoli , turnip greens, and Kale are also good sources of calcium.

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Fiber Friendly Foods

Eating foods high in Fiber such as beans, peas, berries, almonds, pistachios, sesame seeds, and lots of greens, like kale, spinach and broccoli. Whole grains are also full of fiber. The high fiber content in these foods helps to lower stress, Anxiety and Depression.

My Final Thoughts

Stress Anxiety and Depression can all be helped a great deal by eating the right foods in the right amounts. The 8 foods listed have been studied and tested by various institutions around the world and found to make a difference to people suffering from one, two or all three of these conditions.

We have been taught all of our lives to eat a healthy balanced diet to keep our bodies functioning properly, this also helps to keep our mind in sinc in the process.

I want to thank you for reading this Article, if you know someone else who would benefit from it, then please feel free to share it.

If you have a comment or a question then leave it below, I love reading them and I will get back to you.

Take good care of yourself because you are worth it.

Lisa.

This Article, does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
The information contained in this website is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a doctor or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or any health issues.

Information Sources

#1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole_grain

#2 https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition-pictures/how-to-reduce-stress-with-diet.aspx#:~:text=Fish%20Can%20Boost%20Your%20Heart%20Health%20While%20Fending%20Off%20Stress&text=Fatty%20fish%20in%20particular%20are,to%20the%20Harvard%20Health%20Blog.

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14 thoughts on “What Foods Reduce Stress & Anxiety”

  1. This is really interesting, I am stressed allost all the time and to be honest I almost never eat this stuff, quite the contrary. Do you think that eating fast food, red meats, candies, sugar, ultra processed food, etc can be a factor of why am i feeling so stressed all the time?

    Also, do you recommend any kind of recipe guide or something with these ingredients?

    Best regards,

    Juan

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    • If you eat a lot of what is termed as junk food, then yes over time it definitely will have a detrimental affect on your stress levels as well as your general body health.

      I’m sorry I don’t offer recipes, that is not my forte.

      Appreciate you leaving a comment.

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  2. I really like this site, the thing I like about it the most is that all the foods that are on your page are all foods that I really really enjoy, and I also like how you explain about each food in particular so good work on that.
    I also like that it’s not super long it makes for an easy read and you’re straight into the point which is great.

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  3. Hello there, thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful piece of information here with us. I must say i really did enjoyed going through your article as it contains valuable information’s one can hold on to, i really do agree with you, i think eating the right foods can really go a long way in helping out to relieve one from stress, thanks for sharing these food types 

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  4. Hello, a big thanks to you for sharing this insightful and amazing piece on the foods to help with stress, I have been experiencing some serious stress for this past weeks and it hasn’t really been good on my health. I am really glad I am seeing this article.it will really help, I will ensure the consumption of some of these foods to help reduce stress.

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  5. Hello there,  thanks for this very detailed and informative post,  stress is sonething that comes with our everyday activity and it can get so overwhelming thst it tends to break us if not well managed,  though it has it’s positive effect when managed rightly,  thus I really find this post helpful as these aforementioned foods can help reduce one stress level, this is so good to know. I should be taking more of those.

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    • You are so right about stress when it is managed correctly.

      Thank you very much for reading and leaving a comment .

      It’s great to hear from you 

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  6. Hello there! This is an amazing article that you have got here. This is so well written and detailed, I believe any one and every one should find it really easy to understand. Your content is very much informative and I have gotten a lot as I go through. hope to see more on your website.

    Thanks for sharing this with me.

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  7. I put great importance in having a healthy lifestyle and I believe to do that, one must have a good eating habit. Which is while I’m always excited when I come across helpful posts such as this. I can testify to how much draining stress could be. I personally find dark chocolate refreshing but now that I know it’s got some nutrients that can alleviate stress, I’ll look to eat it more often. 

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    • Eating a healthy diet does wonders for stress anxiety and depression. Thank you very much for reading and leaving a comment.

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