Due to the ridiculously fast pace of the world today, people suffer decision fatigue from both internal external factors in their lives. This decision fatigue often causes general anxiety toward all parts of life, causing everyday living to be extraordinarily difficult.
In order to combat depression and anxiety, there are a plethora of management tools with 3 top ones being diet, exercises, and deep breathing. Diet especially is important to the way the brain functions, and therefore important in treatment of depression. The food that we ingest provides us with nutrients to make our brains work more efficiently and be clearer.
In this particular post, we will review 7 food and beverages to incorporate into your diet to help ease anxiety and depression.
Drink Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is a natural relaxant that soothes muscles and supports calming hormones into the system. In addition to that it is great for blood pressure, which is another thing that greatly reduces physical stress symptoms. In addition to the chamomile, another relaxing agent is the warm liquid from the tea, it will immediately relieve tension build up within the body. Also it is something that helps with sleeping better, which benefits all other facets of one’s life.
Peppermint relieves excess body tension such as tension headaches, neck pain, and joint pain associated with extreme anxiety and stress. In addition to that, the aroma is very therapeutic and immediately helps with brain function and mental clarity. To heighten this fact, there are hospitals that give peppermint oil for aromatherapy purposes to people hospitalized for shock during heart attack and childbirth during rehabilitation.
The flavonoids in dark chocolate help improve brain function and mental clarity, which can severely eliminate some of the stress associated with anxiety. The improved blood flow to the brain helps adapt to stressful situations and reduce the overabundance of stress hormone production. Antioxidants in the chocolate also help to reduce internal inflammation throughout the body, something that has a strong correlation with anxiety and mood disorders.
Turmeric Add In!!
The curcumin in several studies has been shown to enhance brain health and curb production of stress hormones and stress signals within the body. The abundance of antioxidants also restores body nutrients, making it more efficient and therefore less susceptible to symptoms associated with anxiety and extreme pressure levels. There are also a few studies that have shown that turmeric can help repair the brain from trauma and damage associated with traumatic events.
Thyme you, try it!
This specific spice is abundant in tryptophan and lithium, which are two compounds that are essential to the brain’s production of serotonin, a calming and pleasure hormone within the brain. In addition to that, Thyme is good for respiratory health, which can help one with panic attack and anxiety attacks by promoting respiratory health that can combat physical symptoms of extreme anxiety and stress. Finally, aromatic uses for this spice are great for reduction of fatigue, this is something that is great for those whose depression/anxiety fatigues them from life.
Tryptophan is a compound found in abundance in this plant, and is a compound known to relax the body and brain powerfully. This compound also supports mood balance and induction of regular sleeping cycles; this will greatly reduce stress, tension, and mental strain. Also the Vitamins B and B12 in this plant brain and nerve function, being that this helps neurotransmitters, it is perfect for the serotonin that the plant also provides.
Dark Leafy Greens
The density of nutrients present in these greens cannot help but benefit the body in more ways than one. Antioxidants within them specifically create an armor protection around the body creating a healthier environment that is stronger against the attacks of physical stress symptoms. The folate compound in them also helps with brain neurotransmitter function and efficiency, helping with brain clarity and emotional balance. Also the magnesium is critical in the body for regulating the systematic release of stress hormones such as adrenaline.
High levels of Vitamin C within the body have shown to reduce anxiety and stress significantly. Vitamin C also helps reduce blood pressure and cortisol within the body, two factors that cause the body to fly into paralyzing anxiety attacks. Also the smell or oranges is good for aromatherapy; saving the peels and zests is a cheap way to populate one’s house with this in order to combat the unexpected happenings of life.
This power fruit is high in flavonoids and Vitamin C, two of the dream team compounds for brain health, mental efficiency and clarity. Also the antioxidants within this fruits also help with cell repair; a great combatant against the cell damage that occurs as a result of bodily stress and trauma. Also, the combatting free radicals also helps decrease susceptibility to environmental illnesses, something that can do nothing but improve body health.
The vitamin B12 is abundant within this nut, a vitamin that helps brain function and immune system support. Vitamin E in them equips the body to stop and inhibit the oxidative damage throughout the body that is associated with high anxiety and stress levels. The large presence of Zinc present within these nuts also can combat low levels of this mineral that are repeatedly seen in those with severe mental health disorders.
Another tryptophan powerhouse, cashews are great for helping the brain properly designed with neurotransmitters the hormones that regulate mood and emotion. Vitamin B6 is another nutrient within this nut that helps with the uptake of serotonin within the body, and when combined with magnesium, another mineral in this plant, it helps not only depression, but also overall brain health. Also the healthy fats present in this nut helps with mood balancing, hearth health, and nervous system function.
Adding these food to ones diet may seem small, but with consistency, can help lessen the immense load of anxiety and depression.
Skim the bullet points below to bring it on home:
- Teas great for anxiety are Chamomile and Peppermint Tea because of their ability to relieve tension and enhance brain function.
- Sweets like dark chocolate help reduce anxiety and enhance mental clarity and general cognitive function.
- Spices such as Turmeric and thyme are easy to use in foods and in teas to help reduce inflammation, repair brain health, and help anxiety and depression directly.
- Greens such as Asparagus, Spinach, and Kale are great not only for giving immense amounts of nutritional value, but also because of their importance to brain function and serotonin producing hormones.
- Fruits such as Blueberries and Oranges are easy to find and buy in bulk, and are great not only for respiratory health, cell repair, and circulatory system health.
- Nuts and Seeds as Almonds and Cashews are great sources of healthy fats and Vitamins that help with mood balance, brain function, and nervous system function.
When you feel like everything is crushing you, eating healthier can help manke things a little more manageable not just mentally, but also physically. I hope this post was able to help you in those dark times to keep doing what’s best for your body and mind.
Much love, peace, and happiness.;)
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