Foods to support Anxiety
From a diet perspective, there are a wide range of foods that can be supportive to anxiety and other mood disorders.
Foods that we want to include in your diet: - Magnesium rich foods as magnesium is beneficial for nervous system support and stress support - pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, quinoa, tofu, brown rice, spinach, dark leafy green veggies such as kale and silverbeet, cashews, almonds, chickpeas, chia seeds. - Omega 3 fatty acids - salmon, sardines, mackerel, fish, eggs, turkey, lamb, flaxseed oil, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, tofu, mushrooms, pecans. - Vitamin C is needed to support the stress response. Vitamin C rich foods include: red and yellow capsicums, kiwi fruit, orange, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, cantaloupe, asparagus. - Chamomile tea - chamomile has shown to efficacious in reducing nervous irritability and anxiety. Try having 2 cups of chamomile tea throughout the day, allow the tea to brew for a minimum of 5 minutes before consuming. In addiiton, there are foods I like to see be reduced or eliminated when I am working with anxiety clients: - Caffeine - caffeine is a stimulant and can be antagonising to the nervous system. - Alcohol - alcohol is a CNS depressant and can have negative effects on the nervous system and on the stress response. - Stimulants of any kind - as above with caffeine, stimulants can be antagonising to the nervous system so we would like to eliminate as much as possible. - Foods that you are intolerant to - any food that you have a known intolerance to could be causing inflammation and can be causing inflammation to the nervous system and brain so these need to be eliminated form the diet. Still confused about what to eat to support anxiety?
Book in for a consult to tailor an individualised diet to you.