Diet Tips: Get To Know Some Diets That Can Alleviate Anxiety

By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald December 31, 07:38 pm

It's been a given fact that food can highly affect one's mental health. There are certain nutrients and certain diets that can call relieve anxiety.

Feeling anxious often leads to depression and can highly affect an individual's performance. Though it's been considered that food can affect one's overall wellness, it's been proven that one's mental health can be altered with his/her food consumption as well.

Probiotic rich foods have already established themselves to improve gut health and strengthen one's immune system. However, a recent study shows that probiotic foods could also cure social anxiety. It is high time to include pickles, kimchi, kefir and sauerkraut in one's daily diet.

There are several diets that can trigger anxiety, including caffeinated beverages and sweets. There may be triggers, but there are also certain food that can alleviate anxiety and boost mental health.

Numerous studies support the link between magnesium and anxiety. According to Livestrong, an Austrian study done in 2004 concluded that magnesium deficient diet in mice resulted in an increase in anxiety and depression-related behavior. This highlights the importance of the nutrient in overall health. To ensure one's daily requirement of this nutrient is met, one should eat green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains, seeds, and legumes.

Avocado and other B Vitamin rich food have been getting the nutritional spotlight lately with its host of health benefits. Now, one can add anxiety curing capability as well.

A study has shown that eating food rich in vitamin B can aid in the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.

Deficiencies of these two neurotransmitters are linked to increased mood swings, sadness, insomnia, worrying and even the inability to feel pleasure according to Mental Health Daily. It is, therefore, important to eat foods rich in vitamin B such as avocado for an optimal mental health and reduce anxiety.

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