We can all make a connection with food. For some it's just means of survival, to others it's the sole reason the world rotates.
Bottom line, what we eat can affect us on all different levels, including mental health.
Here's a quick post on 11 foods that may be able to help reduce stress and anxiety:
Antioxidant packed, along with vitamin C, blueberries are awesome stress fighters.
Low levels of folic acids can lead to symptoms such as depression. One veggie that can boost folic levels is asparagus.
A contributor for healthy nerves and brain cells is B vitamins, something avocados are rich in. Lower levels of these vitamins can lead to anxiety and stress.
Avocados are also high in monounsaturated fat and potassium which help lower blood pressure.
Almonds are full of vitamins B2 and E which help build up the immune system in times of stress.
As mentioned Vitamin C can lower blood pressure as well as the stress hormone cortisol.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help keep cortisol and adrenaline from spiking when you’re feeling tense. That along with vitamin D can be beneficial for reducing anxiety and promoting brain health.
Something not very tasty by itself but literally can be worked into any meal. Can go on a sandwich, in your eggs or even in a shake.
Spinach is full of magnesium which helps regulate cortisol levels and contributes to strong feelings of wellbeing.
Amino acids found in turkey can also cause the brain to release serotonin which can promote calm and tiredness (hence the post consuming snoozes).
Chamomile is a herb that is maybe most commonly known to be associated in tea. This herb contains high amounts of antioxidants that are proven to reduce inflammation. This attribute may decrease the risk of anxiety and several studies have examined the link between chamomile and anxiety relief.
10. Dark Chocolate
Contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that may benefit brain function. Will do this by improving blood flow to the brain and promoting its ability to adapt to stressful situations.
Look for probiotic rich yogurt. Probiotics are linked to mental health and brain function particularly with emotion.
Sources :Elements Behavioural Health