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5 Foods Help Reduce Anxiety (Part II)

By Eskanisa R

16 November 2020

Adjusting your food to ease the anxiety.

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Anxiety are the most common mental health conditions affect people of all ages. In moderate cases, it happens naturally, but some people sometimes experience intense anxiety more than others.
 
For those who experience intense, excessive, frequent anxiety which might cause to panic and become overwhelming, they may be symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Besides get proper diagnosis and treatment to make the anxiety under control, you can try to make a difference through enough sleep to feel rested, focusing exercise for anxiety relief as well as adding these foods to your daily meals to ease stress.

1. Avocado
As reported by The Stir, Susan Albers, PsyD, psychologist at The Cleveland Clinic said Avocados contain high quality “good” fats to protect your brain health as well as vitamin B and potassium for mental and emotional well-being. 

2. Dark Chocolate
A slice or two slices of dark chocolate help increase levels of calming neurotransmitter serotonin and stimulating brain cells to release dopamine to counteract low mood. Albers also said consuming 45 grams dark chocolate per day for two weeks help to reduce stress hormone significantly. Besides, people who eat dark chocolate which also contains flavanols that responsible for its favorable impact to lower level of stress than those who did not eat chocolates.

3. Kiwi
A study in German in 2013 showed this vitamin-C rich fruit, kiwi has an important role in stress management, the way people learn why they feel constant stress and practicing self-care to fight and preventing it. Vitamin C is responsible for fight cortisol though widely known as the body’s stress hormone. It also rich in antioxidant thatis involved in mood state in humans.
 
4. Cheese
This calcium-rich food is reponsible for fight cortisol as well as rich in tryptophan—the essential amino acid help body to produce more serotonin that can affect mood. A study in 2014 showed people fed food in trytophan resulted less depressive.

5. Birds Eye Chili
Despite its small size, birds eye chili has potential health benefits of conventional nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, antioxidants and capsaicin.
 
Capsaicin is the active component could play a useful role in stress reduction and inflammation. For example, in treatment migraine or moderate headaches, you can eat spicy food. Capsaicin causes nerves to send warning signals to the brain to react (cool itself off). When you start to sweat, eyes tear up and nose runs, your body is removing the ‘threat’.  
 

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