6 Anti-anxiety foods

6 Anti-anxiety foods

It is well known that some types of foods containing caffeine and large amounts of refined sugar can actually worsen anxiety and its associated symptoms. Fortunately the opposite is also true, there are foods that can help relieve your anxiety.

Eating a wide variety of healthy foods is always advisable since this type of eating will almost definitely supply your body with all he nutrients it needs. More specifically you should include the following foods in your daily diet:

  1. Lots of vegetables, legumes and fruit. Folate is an important nutrient in the treatment of anxiety and high levels can be found in green leafy vegetables like spinach and lettuce. mental as well as your physical health. Try eating two to three meals a week consisting of oily fish.
  2. Water is necessary to curb dehydration. Even mild dehydration can negatively affect your mood causing you to become irritable and restless.

If you don’t have time in the morning to prepare yourself a healthy lunch for work, prepare it the evening before. Alternatively if you have to cook in the evenings, add some more food to your cooking so that you will have left overs to take to work. Fruit don’t need much preparation so you can easily just pack an apple for work.

There are times in your life where you just might not find the time to either buy or prepare healthy food. During these times consider using a good multi-vitamin to help you get all the necessary nutrients but don’t consider it a permanent solution. There is no substitute for a healthy diet.

Your diet may not be the main reason behind your anxiety but it may be able to worsen or relieve the symptoms associated with anxiety.


“Healthy eating for people with depression, anxiety and related disorders.” Beyondblue. 2010. Beyondblue.

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Bailey, Eileen. “Diet and anxiety.” Healthcentral. [No date] Healthcentral.com. (November 28, 2012) http://www.healthcentral.com/anxiety/manage-280111-5.html

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