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While dietary changes alone cannot cure anxiety disorders, eating a balanced diet may help you cope with symptoms. Eat more complex carbohydrates, which increase serotonin levels and calm the brain. Avoid simple carbohydrates, which temporarily spike sugar levels, leaving you moody and tired. Foods with tryptophan, like soy, oats, poultry, milk, and dairy, help relax your mind. Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake, which can cause anxiety and interfere with your sleep cycle. Fruits and vegetables, like kiwi, broccoli, and kale, contain vitamins and minerals that fight fatigue and improve mood.
If you have anxiety, you can literally eat yourself calm, says nutritionist Dr. Rovenia Brock. To find out the best foods for countering stress and anxiety, watch the video.
There are at least seven nutritional factors that may be responsible for triggering anxiety by raising blood lactic acid levels: caffeine, sugar, deficiency of B vitamins, deficiency of calcium or magnesium, alcohol, and food allergies. Simply avoiding caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and any foods that trigger allergies, along with boosting B vitamins, calcium, and magnesium, can go a long way in relieving anxiety. In fact, cutting out caffeine alone often results in the complete elimination of symptoms. The diet should be rich in foods that have higher levels of B vitamins, such as leafy vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Foods high in calcium and magnesium include sea vegetables, sesame, milk, and dairy products as well as leafy green vegetables.
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