I am often asked about foods that help reduce anxiety and stress, and luckily most of us already eat a few of these foods every day. There’s many to choose from, but I picked the top three that have helped me and other people the most. When you’re under a lot of stress, one good tip is to search for foods that are nourishing and non-stimulating. You want to be soothed and comforted by them. Now this doesn’t mean to have a field day with anything processed or sugary; you want to search for whole and natural foods. Here’s my top three choices.
Oats or Avena sativa is my top food choice for stress-relief, insomnia, anxiety, and stomach upset. They help produce the calm-inducing chemical serotonin and are pretty easy to cook. I would recommend purchasing steel-cut oats that require cooking instead of instant oatmeal. Steel oats take longer to digest and the therapeutic qualities last longer as well. You can cook them over the stove using water or almond milk (which I prefer because it’s another stress-relieving food) and top with a bit of honey and/or berries.
Speaking of almond milk, this is another nourishing food that calms the nerves. I would probably recommend consuming just regular almonds though, as some almond milk brands contain additives and extra sugars. You can try making your own almond milk, which is pretty simple. Almonds are rich in vitamins B2 and E which help support the immune system during times of stress. And you don’t need many, just a handful.
Studies have shown that stress may be linked to vitamin B deficiencies because they play a major role in supporting nerve and brain health. Luckily, avocados are high in B vitamins and also monounsaturated fat and potassium (1 avocado has the potassium content of two or three bananas) which is good for combating high blood pressure. Slip one of these bad boys into your smoothies or you can eat it just as it is for a nourishing treat.
What kinds of whole foods help you combat anxiety and stress? Let me know below! Also, if you have any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below as well.