Thursday, December 27, 2012

7 Healing Foods

Whole Grain
Grain is rich in magnesium, and magnesium deficiency may lead to anxiety. It contains tryptophan, which becomes serotonin – a calming neurotransmitter. Creates healthy energy while reducing hunger – both important for anxiety.

Blueberries are more than a delicious fruit. Many consider it to be a superfood. It's rich in vitamins and plant nutrients, with a variety of antioxidants that are considered extremely beneficial for relieving stress.

Peaches fall into this category as well, because they have nutrients that appear to have a sedation (calming) effect.

Almonds contain both zinc and vitamin B12 – key nutrients for maintaining a balanced mood – and have both iron and healthy fats. Healthy fats are an important part of a balanced diet, and their absence may cause brain fatigue, anxiety and lack of energy.

Chocolate – especially pure dark chocolate without the added sugars or milks – is also a great food for those living with anxiety and stress. Chocolate reduces cortisol – the stress hormone that causes anxiety symptoms. There are also compounds inside dark chocolate that improve mood.

This everyday citrus fruit is a top source of vitamin C, a nutrient that may help people better cope with bad nerves. Soothe away worries naturally by eating more vitamin C-rich produce. For a relaxing way to ease into your day, enjoy a fresh grapefruit with a scoop of low-fat cottage cheese for breakfast.

Chamomile Tea
This calming brew appears to act as a mild sedative and may help relieve muscle tension — and ease anxiety and irritability. Take advantage of this tried-and-true herbal remedy by making chamomile tea part of your evening ritual.

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