Is your life being negatively impacted by anxiety? No need to worry — you have the power to calm your mind and satisfy your hunger with these five anxiety-reducing foods that are beneficial for both your body and mood.
According to a survey conducted by the American Psychiatric Association in 2017, nearly two-thirds of individuals in the United States expressed being “extremely or somewhat anxious” about their health and safety, with more than a third feeling “more anxious overall” compared to the previous year. Recent data suggests that anxiety levels are increasing, particularly due to the effects of COVID-19, including shutdowns and stay-at-home orders. It is crucial to know how to keep your central nervous system calm and supported during times of heightened stress.
While conventional doctors often recommend medications to treat anxiety, mounting evidence indicates that these medications can have numerous negative side effects, such as addiction, depression, suicide, seizures, sexual dysfunction, and headaches.
Practitioners of natural health recognize that food is the best form of medicine, and certain foods have a greater ability to soothe both the body and mind. Here are five highly recommended foods that can promote feelings of calmness and overall well-being from within.
Cold-water fish like salmon, cod, mackerel, and sardines are not consumed enough in the United States, where protein sources like beef and chicken are more popular. This dietary oversight can hinder efforts to reduce anxious energy. Cold-water fish are rich in essential amino acids like L-lysine and L-arginine, as well as healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Increasing your intake of clean fish may help alleviate anxiety by supporting a healthy brain and enhancing mood.
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