As we become more aware of our own mental health, there are certain disorders that have come to the limelight in recent years. Among them is anxiety disorder, which has become all too common in society. It’s estimated that over 40 million people in the United States alone (or around 20 percent) of people have anxiety at this moment while more than 30 percent will have it at some point in their lives. There are a few different ways that we can combat our anxiety, and one of those ways happens to be in the kitchen. What we eat can affect our mental health, and following these eating tips can help reduce anxiety.
5. Head to the Sea
Fish are sort of a super animal when it comes to reducing our anxiety. Not only do people experience lower levels of anxiety when they have an aquarium in their homes or when they’re out catching fish, but it also translates into eating fish. This is because fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to improve mental health tremendously thanks to a reduction in inflammation. Eating fish twice a week at minimum can do the trick, and also helps to prevent neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
4. Fruit Focused
The benefits of fruit seem to be endless when it comes to our physical health, and that also translates into our mental health. Fruits (and it really doesn’t matter which type) have been linked to lower levels of depression and anxiety for those that were adding more to their weekly diet. Like fish, fruits provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce anxiety producing hormones. They’re also light on the stomach and calorie count. Opt for fruits such as melons and citrus fruits for the maximum benefit.
3. Find Your Allergens
A lot of people are allergic, or at the very least sensitive, to at least one type of food. Many of these people don’t even know that they’re sensitive and can go their whole lives feeling bogged down by eating certain things. Because of this, it’s important to speak with a nutritionist to see if you might have an allergic reaction or sensitivity to foods, as some can trigger anxiety in certain individuals.
2. Be a Pro
Thankfully, there has been a big focus in recent years on gut health. Eating for your health starts with the digestive system, and probiotics help to make you regular, increase energy and also boost your mood through anxiety reduction. One major study showed a link between probiotics and a reduction in anxiety. Foods that are high in probiotics include yogurt, pickles, kimchi and certain cheeses.
1. Liquid Part of Diet
Now that you know what you should be looking for in terms of eating to reduce anxiety, what should you be drinking? You should be making sure that you’re getting plenty of water (around three liters per day) as hydration leads to an improved mood. Try to limit your soda intake, and make sure that your alcohol intake is extremely limited. Alcohol is a depressant and also dehydrates your body. Cutting this out completely can be one of the biggest factors in increased mood and energy.