What Are the Dietary Recommendations for Someone With Anxiety?

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Anxiety is really caused by or affected by brain chemicals really, and so if you can increase those brain chemicals, feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin for example and reduce stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. You're better off, staving off the whole anxious feelings that come with the stress of anxiety.

I'm a nutritionist, so the best way to do this is through food. First of all, there're four categories of foods that I would recommend. The first thing is complex carbs which help to increase those feel-good brain chemicals, and help to keep your blood sugar stable. That will help you keep stress off, or help you to fight stress, fight back stress.

Another category of foods is those are foods that are high in tryptophane. The reason why this is so important is because tryptophane helps to increase serotonin levels from the brain. It's actually the raw material that the brain uses to build neurotransmitters to help you to feel calm and relaxed.

Then the other category of foods rich in vitamin C, and I'm thinking go beyond oranges. We're talking broccoli, spinach, collards. Kiwi, one kiwi fruit can give you all the vitamin C your body requires in a day. One cup of collards can give you half the vitamin C that you need for a day. So these vitamin C studies show that vitamin C helps to reduce stress hormone levels.

The foods that are rich in omega-3s, and those we typically think are oily fish, like Salmon and Tuna, but you can also get it from walnut [xx] those categories or groups. Those four groups of food can help to reduce your stress will help you to get a restful, peaceful nice sleep wosa[sp?] and well help to elevate your moods so in times of stress and feeling anxious theses are your go to foods.