Top 5 Foods for Coping with Anxiety
Anxiety affects many of us living in the United States. It is the most common mental illness affecting more than 40 million people. Anxiety is a feeling of unease and discomfort, usually by an uncertain outcome or unlikely event. It’s a feeling of worry and uncertainty about oneself. It plays tricks on your mind, turning something that isn’t there into a possible problem for your current situation. Whether you’re going out to eat, taking a night out on the town, or just relaxing at home, anxiety is just around the corner waiting to strike.
You may avoid, or control an anxiety attack by placing yourself in a more comfortable environment, meditating, or surrounding yourself with people who make you feel safe. All are viable options that even I have tried to help with clearing my mind in the past. It is NOT always a helpful solution though. One thing that definitely has helped me and that everybody loves is FOOD!! And I’m not talking about comfort foods like ice cream and French fries, but food that most people refer to as super food. The foods that are high in vitamin E, vitamin B, potassium, zinc, calcium, and magnesium are all great fuel sources that help your brain fight off anxiety. Below is a list of my top 5 food choices for coping with anxiety:
- Red Meat- its high in many of the B vitamins like thiamine (vitamin B-1), which helps regulate your mood, and vitamin B-12 that helps many people reduces stress
- Fish and shellfish- full of omega-3, has a good source of B vitamins, and even vitamin D, zinc, and selenium.
- Asparagus- rich in folate, which is a B vitamin that transfers over to folic acid when introduced into the body.
- Avocado- not only rich in B vitamins and trace minerals, but also in vitamin E as well to help transport more oxygen to the brain.
- Spinach- although not the most tasty, spinach is packed with magnesium which is one of the best minerals you can consume to help cope with anxiety. It’s also rich in folate and B vitamins